Health and Nutrition

The Health and Nutrition Cluster pursues programmes of research and policy engagement on health systems, nutrition and understandings of zoonotic diseases. The focus is on bringing a critical social science perspective to how people, especially the poor, address their health and nutrition-related needs and on how governments and other groups influence the performance of these sectors.

There are five overall themes that the Health and Nutrition Cluster focuses on:

  • Understanding the political economy of health and nutrition (mapping knowledge and narratives; politics and governance; individual capacities and resources
  • Engaging with health and nutrition markets in low and middle-income countries
  • The politics of regulation, health and nutrition in the new knowledge economy
  • Malnutrition and the rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases
  • Health system responses to major outbreaks and (re)emerging infections.

Across these themes, through research and engagement our work aims to:

  • Understand and share how people address their health and nutrition needs in a rapidly changing context
  • Identify the range of stakeholders including government, private organisations and civil society with an interest in meeting these needs
  • Support different sectors and groups to scale up innovative interventions aimed at substantially increasing availability and access to safe, appropriate and affordable food, nutrition, drugs, health and sanitation services
  • Help hold these actors to account for delivery at scale and contributes to mutual learning between countries.


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Hayley MacGregor

Research Fellow

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Gerry Bloom

Research Fellow

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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

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Alex Shankland

Research Fellow

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Amber Huff

Research Fellow

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Annie Lowden

Senior Project Officer

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Annie Wilkinson

Research Fellow

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Aparna John

PhD student

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Ayako Ebata

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Becky Mitchell

Research Officer

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Catherine Grant

Research Officer

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Dolf te Lintelo

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

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Elin Morris

Project Support Officer

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Erica Nelson

Research Officer

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Georgina Powell-Stevens

Hub Administration Manager

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Henry Lucas

Research Fellow

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Hilary Standing

Emeritus Fellow

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Inka Barnett

Research Fellow

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Jean-Pierre Tranchant

Research Fellow

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Jessica Gordon

Nutrition Evaluation Programme Manager

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Jessica Meeker

Knowledge Officer

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Jody Harris

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Karine Gatellier

Nutrition Convenor

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Laura Bolton

Research Officer

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Leah Murphy

Health and Education Convenor

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Leah Plati

Programme Officer (MA) Programme Manager (Short Courses)

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Linda Waldman

Director of Teaching and Learning

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Naomi Hossain

Research Fellow

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Naomi Marks

Project Communications Manager

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Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Research Fellow

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Rajith Lakshman

Research Officer

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Richard Longhurst

Research Associate

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Samantha Reddin

Communications Manager for Transform Nutrition

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Santiago Ripoll

Research Officer

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Shilpa Deshpande

PhD Student

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Sophie Marsden

Health Programmes Officer

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Spencer Henson

Professorial Fellow

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Stephen Thompson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Tanvir Ahmed

PhD student

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Vivienne Benson

Communications Officer

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Winson Tan

DPhil Student



Ethics in the Nutrition Policy Process

The issue of power in food and nutrition governance is under-explored. This research looks at the power of international actors and the (lack of) participation of those experiencing malnutrition in the setting of nutrition policy, as ethical issues.

Recent work


World Food Prize 2018 awarded to former IDS Director

IDS would like to congratulate Drs Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro for winning the 2018 World Food Prize. Their work has had a significant impact on improving mother and children’s nutrition in the child’s first 1000 days of life and contributed to the reduction in levels of stunting in...

18 October 2018