Inka Barnett - Research Fellow
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Biography Inka is a nutritionist (LSHTM) and epidemiologist (University of Cambridge) with over 9 years of experience in global health and nutrition research projects in Asia and Africa. She has extensive experience in designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research studies and impact evaluations of development interventions. Her key research interests have been the use of ICTs for nutrition surveillance/real-time monitoring and behaviour change interventions.
She is currently leading several impact evaluations on the use of mobile phone technology for nutrition service delivery including an evaluation on real time nutrition monitoring for DFID’s Accountable Grant and rapid nutrition surveys for CIFF. She is Co-principal Investigator of a multi-country impact evaluation of the DFID/GSMA’s m-Nutrition initiative, a mobile phone technology based advisory service aiming to improve child nutrition in Africa and South Asia. Inka is also leading the qualitative stream of the Impact Evaluation of DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh and is conducting research on the linkages between nutrition and agriculture within the LANSA consortium.
Inka convenes the Impact Evaluation module for the the IDS MA programme and teaches in the short courses organised by the Transform Nutrition consortium.
Impact Evaluation of DFID Programme to Accelerate Improved Nutrition for the Extreme Poor in Bangladesh
External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa and South Asia (mNutrition)
Designing a Mixed-Method Impact Evaluation for a Mobile Phone Application for Nutrition Service Delivery in IndonesiaIDS Evidence Report 79 (2014)
Child undernutrition remains one of the most devastating realities in many parts of the world. The use of mobile phone technology may offer innovative opportunities to tackle persistently high levels of child undernutrition. More details
Mobile Phones for Real-time Nutrition Surveillance: Approaches, Challenges and Opportunities for Data Presentation and DisseminationIDS Evidence Report 75 (2014)
Child undernutrition remains devastatingly high in many low- and middle-income countries Poor nutrition in early childhood (often combined with ill health) has been shown to increase the risk for early mortality, can have long-term and often irreversible effects on physical growth, cognitive and social development, and increases susceptibility to non-communicable diseases in adulthood More details
Using Mobile Phones for Nutrition Surveillance: A Review of EvidenceIDS Evidence Report 1 (2013)
Nutrition surveillance – or the systematic and periodic collection of information on nutrition – is vital to the capacity of governments and other agencies to track their progress towards reducing undernutrition, to promoting the accountability of their actions and to improving their ability to respond promptly to rapid changes in nutrition status brought about by food price volatility and other shocks. More details
The Experience of Physical Activity and the Transition to Retirement: A Systematic Review and Integrative Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative EvidenceInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 97.9 (2012)
The transition to retirement has been recognised as a critical turning point for physical activity (PA). In an earlier systematic review of quantitative studies, retirement was found to be associated with an increase in recreational PA but with a decrease in PA among retirees from lower occupational groups. More details
Cohort Profile: Young Lives a Cohort Study on Childhood Poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and VietnamInternational Journal of Epidemiology 5.5 (2012)
Young Lives is an international longitudinal study investigating the changing nature of childhood poverty in four low-income countries Ethiopia, India (Andhra Pradesh), Peru and Vietnam over a 15-year period. More details
Can mobile phones change behaviour when it comes to nutrition?24 Feb 2017
By Inka Barnett
Does society truly enable women to breastfeed?04 Aug 2015
By Inka Barnett
Can ICTs Fill the Data Gaps for Nutrition?27 Oct 2014
By Inka Barnett
Failed ICT development projects10 Dec 2012
By Inka Barnett
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Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Development Impact; Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia; Policy Anticipation Response and Evaluation; Transform Nutrition.
Central and South Asia; South East Asia; Sub Saharan Africa.