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Group Leader: Sensory and behavioural Sciences, CSIRO

David Cox is a senior research scientist and Group Leader of the Sensory and Behavioural Sciences at CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences, Adelaide, Australia. He is also a project leader with the CSIRO Preventative Health Flagship, Obesity Theme with a focus upon the determinants of obesity. Since obtaining a PhD in the Faculty of Medicine (Human Nutrition) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, he has focused upon food choice and acceptance (Behavioural Nutrition) both in terms of product choice and dietary choice. As a Post-Doc at the Institute of Food Research, UK he focused upon psycho-social predictors of fruit & vegetable consumption and undertook clinical trials focused at changing consumption. Later he looked at sensory drivers of food choice and the implications for weight status. During his current appointment at CSIRO, Australia he has undertaken research work in Asia and published numerous articles on cross-cultural methodology. Other work includes risk perception applied to acceptance of novel food technologies. He has published more 60 papers in peer reviewed journals and three book chapters (Food Choice; Understanding Asian consumers and Meal patterns of Australian women). His Group is strongly involved with cross-disciplinary Obesity and Metabolic Health projects including understanding the determinants of obesity and designing effective interventions. Personal interests include sensory and contextual drivers of dietary choice and the acquisition of liking of vegetables (nutrient rich, low energy dense foods). He is in demand as a reviewer for journals including Appetite, Food Quality and Preference (Editorial Board member); Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (Editorial Board member), International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical activity and many others.
David N Cox, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD, RPHNutr
Senior Research Scientist & Research Group Leader: Sensory and Behavioural Sciences
CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences


  • 1998–2014
    Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • 1994–1998
    Post Doctoral Rsaerch Fellow, Institute of Food Research, UK
  • 1989–1993
    Research Fellow, University of London