Jake Sallaway-Costello is a public health scientist, specialising in social and behavioural influences on the diet. His research interests lie in the emergent field of planetary health, particularly concerning dietary health in the Anthropocene. A psychologist, Jake’s research and teaching draws upon social scientific perspectives from a range of disciplines, including medical sociology, health promotion, environmental sciences and cultural anthropology.
After working as a research assistant for Food Dudes Health, Jake completed a BPS-accredited degree in health psychology at Bangor University, later working at the Centre for Activity and Eating Research, developing and evaluating behaviourist interventions designed to increase child fruit and vegetable consumption. He later took a teaching post in public health at Birmingham City University. Jake joined the University of Nottingham in 2019.
Jake is currently completing his doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr Kate Thomson and Dr Anne Robbins. His thesis, “Community Culture and Meat Consumption” is a traditional ethnographic investigation of the sociocultural meanings of meat in the Western-pattern diet, employing New Materialist Social Enquiry to explore community-level responses to reduced meat consumption and sustainable diets.