Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment

Our research focuses on the development of strong mathematical descriptions, and improved quantitative understanding, for the hazards and risks that are associated with food consumption. The emphasis is on those hazards that are associated with microbial contamination of food.
Increasingly our research concentrates on:

  • the complex systems nature of food safety considerations,
  • on a molecular understanding of hazardous agents, in particular those hazards that are associated with bacterial agents, and
  • on stakeholder participation in food risk issues.

Baysian Belief NetworkOur research concerns improved quantification of uncertainties, improved understanding of complexities and stronger support for communication and management of food safety information. This encompasses research into:

  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment
  • Risk Modelling
  • Bayesian Belief networks – with a particular emphasis on their use in food safety modelling
  • Web Delivery technologies

For Industry

Examples of work undertaken in collaboration with industry include:

  • Risk Analysis of Manufacturing Processes

If you are interested in utilising our expertise or learning more about our work with industry then please contact us at

Academic Links

Examples of recent academic outputs can be found on our Research Leaders pages.

Lead scientist involved: