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.
Impact Evaluation of DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh
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
What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country StudyIDS 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
Why Worry about the Politics of Child UndernutritionWorld 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
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
The Politics of Reducing Malnutrition: Building Commitment and Accelerating ProgressThe 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
Transforming nutrition: assessing the size of the task on World Food Day15 Oct 2012
By Nicholas Nisbett
Agriculture; Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Aid; 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.
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa; India.