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Jake Sallaway-Costello

Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition, Faculty of Science

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Jake Sallaway-Costello is an Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition, in the Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a public health scientist, specialising in social and behavioural influences on the diet for the development of health promotion practice and intervention. An interdisciplinary social scientist, Jake's teaching and research draws upon perspectives from health psychology, health sociology, public health, and health promotion.

Jake worked as a research assistant for Food Dudes Health, whilst reading health psychology at Bangor University, specialising in psychology of the diet. Upon graduation, he worked in the design of behavioural programmes at the Centre for Activity and Eating Research, developing and evaluating behaviourist interventions to increase child fruit and vegetable consumption. Jake later worked as a research associate for the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, before taking a teaching post in public health and health promotion at Birmingham City University, where he undertook doctoral study in public health. He was awarded a PGCHE in 2017, and joined the University of Nottingham in 2019. Jake is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is actively engaged in the scholarship of learning and teaching for health promotion.

An innovative public health professional, Jake has been responsible for the development and implementation of community-based health promotion programmes in the UK, and public health knowledge exchange activity internationally. His primary health promotion activity, an asset-based community nutrition programme in the West Midlands, has produced over 950,000 meals using food destined for waste. Jake is also Co-lead of the IUHPE People-Planet-Health Action Board, a civil society initiative led by the International Union of Health Promotion, reporting community innovations to the World Health Organization to inform planetary health policy.

Teaching Summary

Jake teaches social scientific perspectives on food, nutrition and health, for development of evidence-based health promotion practice and intervention. He teaches on various modules across the BSc… read more

Research Summary

Jake has a PhD from the Department of Public Health and Therapies at Birmingham City University, under the supervision of Dr Kate Thomson and Dr Anne Robbins. His thesis, "Community, culture and meat… read more

Recent Publications

Jake teaches social scientific perspectives on food, nutrition and health, for development of evidence-based health promotion practice and intervention. He teaches on various modules across the BSc (hons) Nutrition and MNutr Nutrition & Dietetics programs. Jake also supervises doctoral candidates studying for PhD Nutritional Science.

Jake is Module Convenor for BIOS2113 - Food and Society, a second-year undergraduate module exploring the social construction of the diet, the role of the Registered Nutritionist in the social world, and grassroots salutogenic methods of improving dietary health. He is also Module Convenor for BIOS3043 - Changing Behaviour, Promoting Health, a specialist final-year undergraduate module concerning the psychosocial origins of dietary behaviour, and their application in the professional practice of health promotion.

Jake also teaches on the following modules:

  • BIOS2072 - Personal and Professional Skills for Nutritionists
  • BIOS3028 - Nutrition across the Lifespan
  • BIOS4065 - Research Methods in Nutrition
  • BIOS4070 - Public Health Nutrition

Jake is a keen pedagogist and is active in the scholarship of learning and teaching, particularly in the teaching of social science in the allied health professions. His pedagogic interests concern student engagement through axiological teaching practices, and development of authentic assessment. More recently, Jake is exploring the development of sociological imagination for nutrition professionals, using mindset trait concepts to support nutrition and dietetics students to navigate, manipulate and appraise advanced social theory for professional practice.

Jake supervises qualitative student research projects on the BSc and MNutr programmes, in the areas of social and behavioural nutrition, public health nutrition and health promotion.

Current Research

Jake has a PhD from the Department of Public Health and Therapies at Birmingham City University, under the supervision of Dr Kate Thomson and Dr Anne Robbins. His thesis, "Community, culture and meat consumption: A traditional ethnography of meat and the new materialisms for planetary health" was an investigation of the sociocultural meanings of meat in the Western-pattern diet, employing New Materialist Social Inquiry to explore community-level responses to reduced meat consumption and sustainable diets, for policy development and health promotion practice.

An ethnographer, Jake's methodological interests concern the investigation of health cultures through overt participatory methods, particularly through participant-researcher relationships facilitated by social enterprise and community-level health promotion activity. His analytical expertise concerns the development of novel post-human analytical tools from post-anthropocentric social theory, and their implementation in public health research.

Jake welcomes inquires about doctoral supervision for qualitative studies in public health and health promotion, employing community-level and participatory approaches.

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