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Nicholas Nisbett - Cluster Leader Research Fellow

Health and Nutrition
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Nicholas Nisbett is an anthropologist and geographer with research interests in nutrition, poverty and food security; and the relationship between knowledge, gender, class and capital in South Asia.

He is currently leading work within the Transform Nutrition Research Programme Consortium to explore the political economy of nutrition policy and programming in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. This work focuses in particular on the role of leadership, visibility and accountability in creating a wider political 'enabling environment' to support action on undernutrition.

Before joining IDS, Nick worked for the UK Government, where he advised and led teams on agricultural trade policy and land and marine based natural resource management; and led a major international policy research programme, the Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures. Nick's doctoral research, based on fieldwork in Bangalore's internet cafes and IT institutes, considered the role of gender, class and capital in shaping friendship, courtship and strategies for social mobility within the Indian IT economy.

IDS and AllAfrica have teamed up to produce and distribute compelling multi-media content on critical issues for Africa’s future, as part of a development reporting initiative.

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UNICEF and IDS are collaborating to undertake an in-depth analysis of the factors that may have led to the 16% decline in child stunting in Maharashtra evidenced in surveys covering the period 2006-2012.

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The DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh aims to improve nutrition outcomes for children, mothers and adolescent girls by integrating the delivery of a number of nutrition specific (or direct) interventions with livelihood support provided to extremely poor people by three existing programmes in Bangladesh.

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MQSUN aims to provide DFID with technical services to improve the quality of nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive programmes. Services will be provided on a call down basis to DFID country offices over a period of four years.

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This project examines the impact of the rise of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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This is the cover image of the report, 'Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis'.

Maharashtra’s Child Stunting Declines: What is Driving Them? Findings of a Multidisciplinary Analysis

Between 2006 and 2012, Maharashtra’s stunting rate among children under two years of age was reported to decline by 15 percentage points – one of the fastest declines in stunting seen anywhere at any time. More details

This is the image for IDS Working Paper 447, 'What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study'.

What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

IDS Working Paper 447 (2014)

Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition. This study of individuals identified as influential within nutrition in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and India examines why individuals champion nutrition policy, of their countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Why Worry about the Politics of Child Undernutrition

World Development 64 (2014)

Undernutrition affects over 2 billion people; but most of the global policy focus has been on technical solutions rather than an understanding of nutrition politics. This paper reviews existing literature on nutrition politics and policy. More details

IDS publications on international development research

MQSUN Inception Report and Design Document: Impact Evaluation of the DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh, Phase II

This Inception Report presents the objectives, design, expected outputs and governance of the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded MQSUN project, entitled ‘Impact Evaluation of the DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh’. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Politics of Reducing Malnutrition: Building Commitment and Accelerating Progress

The Lancet 382.9891 (2013)

In the past 5 years, political discourse about the challenge of undernutrition has increased substantially at national and international levels and has led to stated commitments from many national governments, international organisations, and donors. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Aid; Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Children and Youth; Food Security; Gender; Health; ICTs; Nutrition; Vulnerability Hunger and Nutrition; Politics and Power; Poverty; Science and Society; Work and Labour.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia; Transform Nutrition.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; India.