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Rounaq Nayak MSc (merit), B.Tech (1st class)

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PhD Student

Rounaq is a PhD student at Loughborough University and has recently been awarded a “Highly Commended Prize” by the Loughborough University Doctoral College (June 2017). His research focuses on Food Safety Culture and Resilience and his expertise is in the areas of food safety, complex systems and applying a systems approach. He is currently also working as a part-time Research Associate  on a project titled “‘Using real-time train data to influence passenger positioning and boarding behaviour’” which is managed by Tracy Ross (Associate Dean Enterprise) and Dr Andrew May (Director of Research Degrees Programme).

Rounaq holds an MSc (Merit) in Food Safety, Hygiene and Management from the University of Birmingham and a B.Tech (1st class) in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology, India. 

Rounaq has over 5 years of experience in quantitative analyses, with a proven track record in research. He has published articles in Food Control (2017), Safety Science (2016) and the International Research Journal of Pharmacy (2012) and has also written an article each for The Ergonomist and The Institute of Food Safety, Integrity and Protection (TiFSiP). During his Master’s, he has carried out a project for Hygiena International where he tested their novel ATP-based rapid E.coli device. He has carried out work as a Postgraduate Research Student Assistant on evidence-based mapping of programmes and assessment environments with the Loughborough University Central Examinations Centre on TESTA evaluation.

Rounaq has also worked on a 3-month project as a Research Project Assistant at Loughborough University with the Careers and Employability Centre on improving and updating the PGR alumni contacts database. This involved creating a survey, contacting new LU PGR alumni and updating the database. He was also a semi-professional footballer and has played at District level in India and has also represented Maharashtra (State-level) in roller skating.

Rounaq is an Accredited Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

His topics of interest are globalisation of food safety and its impact on food safety culture; Role of food safety culture in food safety in care homes, hospitals and homes; Complex systems, human factors and applying a systems approach.

Research group: Human Factors in Complex Systems.

Rounaq is currently undertaking a PhD at Loughborough University with a key interest in food safety culture and resilience. The aim of his research is to evaluate the importance of safety culture in food businesses, evaluate the existing toolkits and to developing a new improved toolkit which would help assess safety culture in food businesses.

He is also a part of Salus: the Food Safety Culture Science Groupan international research group that comprises of food safety culture scientists from all over the world. They are a group of active researchers who look into different ways of approaching food safety culture with the aim of achieving a positive food safety culture.


Food Safety Culture and Resilience: Assessment of current tools and future requirements.

Food safety, Systems Analysis, Quantitative and Qualitative research, Food microbiology