Emma Samuel

​ ​​Emma Samuel

Emma Samuel
KESS2 Academic Associate (PhD)
Email: emsamuel@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Telephone: + 44 (0) 29 2041 6856
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My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

I graduated in 2018 with first class honours in Environmental Health from Cardiff Metropolitan University, receiving the Michael Morrison Memorial Award for best student performance as well as high commendation from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. 

In October 2018, I started a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS2) PhD studentship with Cardiff Metropolitan University’s ZERO2FIVE Food and Drink Research Unit.  Working in partnership with a Welsh multi-site food manufacturing and processing business, the project was recognised with a high commendation Sustainability Award from KESS2 and The Sustainability Lab (Bangor University) for upholding the ambitions of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 in September 2019.

My PhD research project is an in-depth assessment of food safety culture and hand hygiene compliance from multiple perspectives. This includes cognitive and behavioural evaluations, microbiological and hygiene assessments, analysis of organisational characteristics as well as a study of the influence of management style and structure on food handler behaviour at multiple food manufacturing and processing sites.  

The findings will inform development (and implementation) of bespoke hand hygiene interventions to improve compliance meeting the identified business needs.  Evaluations at the end of the study will indicate knowledge retention, intervention effectiveness as well as highlight associations between hand hygiene behaviour and food safety culture throughout the production streams.  

The project is overseen by Dr Elizabeth C Redmond (Director of Studies) and Dr Ellen W Evans (Supervisor) with additional expertise provided by ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre Technical Director, Helen Taylor.

Previous Experience

Before returning to full-time education in 2015, I established and managed a commercial catering equipment business providing new and established businesses with food safety support, project management (from conception to build), bespoke front of house and food service solutions, servicing and installation in the hospitality and food service sector.

Prior to this, and as a fluent Welsh speaker, I worked in the television industry (at BBC Wales and S4C) on a variety of network productions, notably specialising in organising filming in remote and hostile locations worldwide.  

Qualifications and Professional Memberships


  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2018) A Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Accredited Degree Programme 
  • Cardiff Met Award (2017) and Cardiff Met Award ‘Sustainable Thinking’ (2018)  
  • Internal Environmental Auditor, Cardiff Metropolitan University (2017)
  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Version 7 to 8 Course (2018)
  • Train the Trainer, City & Guilds (2017)   

Professional Memberships

  • Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Member of the International Association for Food Protection  
  • Member of the United Kingdom Association for Food Protection  
  • Member of the SALUS Food Safety Culture Science Group 
  • Student member of the Royal Society for Public Health  
  • Student member of the Institute of Directors 

Journals and Publications

Research Interests: 

My research interests include novel approaches to enhance food safety practices, food safety culture, behaviour change and change management. I also maintain a keen interest in food safety and public health developments from a regulatory and legislative perspective.  


For more research publications, please see here

Conference contributions:

  • Samuel, E.J. (2021) Assessment of handwashing equipment cleanliness in food manufacturing environments. Presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium on Food Safety - A Virtual Meeting. 27-28 April 2021.
  • Samuel, E.J., Evans, E.W. and Redmond, E.C. (2021) Exploring Food Handler Perceptions and Attitudes Towards Hand Hygiene Before And During Production. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting. 18 - 21 July 2021. Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
  • Ellen W. Evans, Emma J. Samuel and Elizabeth C. Redmond (2020).  A case study of food handler hand hygiene compliance in high-care and high-risk food manufacturing environments using covert-observation.  International Journal of Environmental Health Research; (Online) 7th July 2020.  
  • A suite of Safety and Quality Culture Excellence ‘White Papers’, authored on behalf of Campden BRI.  Available at:   Talking Safety and Quality Culture Excellence at Campden BRI’s 6th Annual Seminar - Campden BRI white paper
  • Samuel E, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019) Assessing food safety culture in food-manufacturing: A review of applicable determinants and tools. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection European Symposium. Nantes, France. 24th to 26th April 2019.
  • Samuel E J, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019). Seeing is believing: CCTV perspectives in food manufacturing. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting. Kentucky, USA. 21st to 24th July 2019.
  • Samuel E J, Evans E W and Redmond E C (2019). Aligning food safety culture assessment tools with the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Position: A comparative analysis. Poster presented at: International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting. Kentucky, USA. 21st to 24th July 2019

For more conference contributions, please see here