Our PhD Research

Within the Centre we are actively involved in supporting PhD Research that will support the food and drink industry.


If you are interested in undertaking a PhD study please contact the Centre Manager Dr Lynsey Hollywood or the Ulster University Doctoral College for more information. Our staff are currently supervising PhD Research in a range of areas related to the food and drinks industry.

Recent studies:

  • Exploring the role of social capital for innovation within agri-food business support networks
    Supervisors: Professor Barry Quinn, Dr Kristel Miller and Dr Sandra Moffett, Dr Aine Macken-Walsh (Teagasc) and Dr John Hyland (Teagasc)
  • Using AI technology to redistribute food waste in the grocery retail sector
    Supervisors: Professor Damien Coyle and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • A Participatory Action Research approach to determining the potential of rural tourism for sustainable development in Northern Ireland
    Supervisors: Dr Susann Power, Professor Barry Quinn and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Using Big Data (Tesco Clubcard) to support NPD processes in NI SMEs
    Supervisors: Professor Geoff Simmons and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Rural food poverty through the development of an At Risk of Food Poverty Index using GIS Mapping
    Supervisors: Dr Sinead Furey, Dr Paul McKenzie and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Examining Supply Chain Strategies for Premium Irish Food Products
    Supervisors: Professor Gillian Armstrong, Professor Paul Humphreys and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Exploring Consumer’s Quality Perceptions of Local NI Food & Drink Producers
    Supervisors: Professor Gillian Armstrong, Professor Heather Farley and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Defining, measuring and predicting food insecurity in Northern Ireland: A stakeholder approach to inform business and policy implications and response
    Supervisors: Dr Sinead Furey, Professor Paul Humphreys and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Consumer acceptance of Blue Whiting as a functional ingredient
    Supervisors: Professor Finbarr O’Harte, Dr Lynsey Hollywood and Dr Amy Burns
  • Testing the appetite suppressing properties of Blue Whiting as a functional ingredient
    Supervisors: Professor Finbarr O’Harte, DR Philip Allsopp and Dr Lynsey Hollywood
  • Shock labelling the examination of perceptions of and association of shock food labelling and their impact on consumer behaviour: a quasi-experimental approach. Supervisors: Dr Amy Burns and Prof Una McMahon-Beattie