Sinead Furey


  • Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr Sinéad Furey is a Senior Lecturer on the Food Business and Food Innovation undergraduate degree programme in Ulster Univeristy Business School. Sinéad studied Consumer Studies at Ulster University (1998) and completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in food poverty researching the characteristics, extent and location of food deserts in both rural and urban areas of Northern Ireland in 2001. She completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Management Studies at Queen’s University Belfast (2005) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Sinéad joined Ulster in 2013 having worked previously in consumer, food and nutrition policy in the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland, Education and Training Inspectorate, and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland.

Her primary research interests are food poverty, retail food promotions, promotion of food to young people, and social exclusion. 

Sinéad lectures on food and consumer policy and legislation and co-ordinates modules for consumer law and Global Active Citizenship and Sustainability. She also teaches business-related modules on marketing and management.

Sinéad is the Strategic Lead for Food Policy at Ulster University and supervises PhD researchers on the topics of food insecurity and upcycled foods. 

Sinéad is the Convenor of the Food Poverty Working Group for the Sustainable Food Places Partnership in Belfast City Council and previously held a Ministerial appointment as a Board member of the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland and the independent consumer representative on the Northern Ireland Food Chain Certification Committee.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Consumer Council Board Member (Ministerial Appointment)

1 Jan 2016 → …


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