MRes: Insect Gels as a Vehicle For Enhancing Nutritional Status

University of Nottingham

Supervisor: Jo Gould

Secondary Supervisor: Anastasios Pagiaslis


The increasing global population and consumer demand will make the provision of protein a serious future challenge. The lower environmental impact of insect farming makes the consumption of insects an appealing solution, although negative preconceptions on eating insects is present in many developed countries. However, introducing “invisible” insects into food products may pave the way for future consumption.

This interdisciplinary research project based across the Divisions of Food Science and Marketing will investigate the manufacture and acceptance of insect protein gels. The chemical structure of extracted protein and its effect on gelling properties and gel strength will be examined followed by investigations into how these gels could be incorporated into food products, by studying interactions with other food ingredients.

Alongside investigating the gelation of insect protein, the student will conduct an exploratory study utilising QMethod. QMethod is a distinctively different method combining qualitative and quantitative elements that allows researchers to model subjective responses towards particular objects/issues allowing respondents to fully express their attitudinal schemata. Completion of this study will generate a greater understanding of entomophagy consumer behaviour.

Keyword Search
Food science, marketing, insects, proteins, gelation, QMethod

Award Start Date: 01/02/2017

Duration of Award: 12

Terms and Conditions

This research project has funding attached. For UK or EU citizens with residency, it includes an annual stipend at RCUK minimum rates (£14,553) and full payment of Tuition Fees.

Applicant Qualification Requirements

The candidate will hold a first honours degree in an appropriate scientific discipline (Chemistry, Food Chemistry, Food or Brewing Sciences, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Science, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences, Chemical Engineering or equivalent degree topics)

How to Apply

Candidates are welcome to contact Jo Gould ( with any queries and for an informal discussion.
Applications, comprising a covering letter of application together with a detailed CV (including the names and addresses of two referees), should be sent to

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