Looking for participants!

We are currently looking for people living in the Florence Park area of Oxford interested in participating in this research.

What will it involve?

Over the course of 10 months, you will design and carry out 6 practical experiments.  You will select areas of your kitchen to explore for microbial life – a sort of kitchen safari. The research team will show you how to collect samples. We will process these and visualise the results. The findings will be returned to you before we meet to discuss their implications (these group meetings will be held in a local venue at 6-8 week intervals on weekday evenings starting at 7pm, and will last approximately 1.5 hours). During the meetings you will be able to participate in designing the kitchen experiments. You will be invited to discuss, interpret and develop the microbial maps generated from previous surveys. You will be able to ask questions of the research team and invited experts. Refreshments will be provided. We will also come and interview you 3 times during the project. These interviews will be held at your home, with 1 or 2 members of the research team and will take around 45 minutes. You will be asked questions about your attitudes towards microbial life, and how you clean and cook in your kitchen.

What’s in it for me?

The project is designed as a collaboration that will be driven by the interests of those who participate. We hope it will be both fun and informative. We are especially interested in households with children (8+) and hope to involve them in the research. The project aims to pioneer new approaches to kitchen hygiene and to engaging people in making government policy.  You will get to meet experts and policy-makers, as well as become part of a community group. As a token of our appreciation each household that takes part in this study will receive £150 in high street vouchers.


If you have any questions or would like to participate then please contact the lead researcher:

Dr Jamie Lorimer

Associate Professor, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford

Email: goodgerms@ouce.ox.ac.uk