Socio-technical innovation for sustainable food chains: roles for social science

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
JournalTrends in Food Science and Technology
Issue number5
Early online date23 Nov 2007
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Publication type

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The article discusses the evolution of the contemporary agri-food system, charting the increasing assertion of consumer concerns along the food chain and the resultant opposition to technology-driven models of food production. It sets out a case for closer integration between social and natural science research to reflect more effectively the complexity of contemporary food systems, and to respond to demands for technological options and the basic science behind them to be opened up to public scrutiny and social choice.