Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    BSc 2.1 Psychology

  • 1983
    MSc Ergonomics

  • 1990 – 1992
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry, London

  • 1990 – 1998
    Lecturer, University of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • 1992 – 1998
    Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Food Research, Reading, UK

  • 1998 – 2002
    Head, Consumer Science Group at the Institute of Food Research, UK

  • 2002 – 2010
    Professor, Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour, Wageningen University, the Netherlands (continuing as Emeritus)

  • Since 2011
    Professor, Food and Society at the Newcastle University

Selected publications

  • Frewer, L.J., Gupta, N., George, S., Fischer,ARH Giles, E. L. and D Coles, D. Consumer attitudes towards nanotechnologies applied to food productionTrends in Food Science & Technology

  • Remoundou, K., Brennan, M., Hart, A., & Frewer, L. J. (2014). Pesticide Risk Perceptions, Knowledge, and Attitudes of Operators, Workers, and Residents: A Review of the Literature. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 20(4), 1113-1138.

  • Coles, D. Frewer, L.J. (2013). Nanotechnology applied to European food production – A review of ethical and regulatory issues. Trends in Food Science & Technology 34 (1), 32-43

  • Fischer, A. R., Wentholt, M. T., Rowe, G., & Frewer, L. J. (2013). Expert involvement in policy development: A systematic review of current practice. Science and Public Policy, sct062.

  • Frewer, L. J., Kleter, G. A., Brennan, M., Coles, D., Fischer, A. R. H., Houdebine, L. M., ... & Salter, B. (2013). Genetically modified animals from life-science, socio-economic and ethical perspectives: examining issues in an EU policy context. New biotechnology, 30(5), 447-460.

  • Frewer, L. J., van der Lans, I. A., Fischer, A. R., Reinders, M. J., Menozzi, D., Zhang, X., ... & Zimmermann, K. L. (2013). Public perceptions of agri-food applications of genetic modification?a systematic review and meta-analysis. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 30(2), 142-152.

  • Andrade, J. C. D., Deliza, R., Yamada, E. A., Galvão, M. T. E. L., Frewer, L. J., & Beraquet, N. J. (2013). Consumer perception of risks associated with food, safety and traceability. Brazilian Journal of Food Technology, 16(3), 184-191.

  • Gupta, N., Fischer, A. R., George, S., & Frewer, L. J. (2013). Expert views on societal responses to different applications of nanotechnology: a comparative analysis of experts in countries with different economic and regulatory environments. Journal of nanoparticle research, 15(8), 1-15.

  • Stewart-Knox, B., Kuznesof, S., Robinson, J., Rankin, A., Orr, K., Duffy, M., ... & Frewer, L. J. (2013). Factors influencing European consumer uptake of personalised nutrition. Results of a qualitative analysis. Appetite, 66, 67-74.

  • Remoundou, K., Brennan, M., Hart, A., & Frewer, L. J. (2013). Pesticide Risk Perceptions, Knowledge and Attitudes of Operators, Workers, and Residents: A Review of the Literature. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, (just-accepted).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Lynn has worked across many projects related to food, agriculture and society. Recent examples include Coordinator of 2 FP 7 projects (Pegasus, Food contamination), projects (Food4Me, Collab4Safety, Connect4action, Browse, Foodintegrity). Recent projects include various FV6 projects (e.g. Qualibra. Safefoods, Europrevall, EUfram, InFormall, Additional involvement in EU funded research (e.g. Trace, Emida era-net , EFSA risk-ranking).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Examples of Committee Membership (recent):

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, European Joint Programming Initiative, A Healthy diet for a healthy life, since 2011

  • Member, Consumer Science Task Force, Food for Life Technology platform, 2011 – 2014

  • Trustee, ILSI Science foundation, since 2013

  • Member, Steering committee of the Swiss national initiative on healthy food and sustainable food production

  • Member, International Scientific Advisory Committee, AFMnet, (Advanced Food and Materials Network), Canada, since 2002

  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, GM and sustainable food production, MISTRA (Swedish Environmental Funding Agency, since 2010

  • External Science Advisory Panel, CEFIC Long Rang Research Initiative, expert member since 2001, Chair since 2009

  • Chair, ILSI expert groups, (a) Consumers and food technology, 2009 – 2011, and (b) Food risk communication, since 2011

  • WHO invited expert, radiation contamination, food and risk communication, since 2012

  • FAO invited expert, and trainer, Food safety risk communication, since 2013

Other Relevant Committee Memberships:

  • Think Tank on Food Risk Communication, VWA, Dutch Food and Goods Standards Agency) Invited Expert, 2003 – 2007

  • US National Academies Standing Committee on Biotechnology, Food and Fibre Production, and the Environment. Expert member, consumer risk perception, 1998 – 2003

  • UK HSE Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification, expert member, 2001 – 2003

Selected Funding and Research Evaluations:

  • I have been involved with numerous evaluation committees for national, international and European research funding. Recent examples include

    Evaluation, Genome Canada, Toronto, January 2011.

  • Evaluation, ALIA programme, INRA, PARIS, France April June 2008, 2009, 2010

  • Evaluation, ALID programme, INRA, PARIS, France, May 2011

  • Evaluation, Health Research Board, (New Health Centres) Ireland 2007

  • Evaluation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Benefits and Risks of the Deliberate Release of Genetically Modified Plants, January 2007

  • Evaluation and Chair, Elvira, Finland, June 2006

  • Evaluation, Framework 6 Quality of Life, 2005

  • Evaluation, BBSRC (UK) 1999 – 2003

Media coverage

  • Various radio, TV and newspaper interviews about research (e.g. UK Guardian newspaper, UK BBC news)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Research collaboration


Soft Skills

  • Mentoring early career academics

  • Fostering public engagement in technological innovation


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married to Dr David Coles, a research ethicist


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