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Cluster

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.

People

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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

Research Fellow

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Catherine Grant

Research Officer

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Dolf J.H. te Lintelo

Research Fellow and Cities Cluster Co-Leader

Projects

Project

Tackling Deadly Disease in Africa Programme (TDDAP)

The Ebola outbreak in the Bikoro zone de santé of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) underscores starkly the importance of the Tackling Deadly Diseases in Africa Programme (TDDAP). The outbreak shares many of the characteristics that TDDAP seeks to address: Poor disease...

Project

The GCRF One Health Poultry Hub

The UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub is an impact-driven research project working to help meet Asia’s growing demand for chicken meat and eggs without risk to local and global public health. IDS is one of 27 partners in nine countries working as part of this interdisciplinary Hub, which is led...

Recent work

Past Event

The Political Economy of Food

The most recent issue of the flagship IDS publication the IDS Bulletin examines different perspectives on power in food systems, and the web of actors, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them: The political economy of food. The Bulletin concludes that...

16 October 2019

News

UNGA74: governments must commit to social science for ‘health for all’

As global leaders come together for the 74th UN General Assembly, a major focus will be the High-Level Meeting: ‘Universal Health Coverage: Moving Together to Build a Healthier World’ on 23 September. This is a global opportunity to mobilise the highest political support for the achievement...

19 September 2019

News

IDS Bulletin asks whose power matters when it comes to food?

As debates around plant-based diets for the health of the planet continue to occupy public and political discourse, the latest IDS Bulletin argues that there is an urgent need to understand the diverse perspectives involved in the food system for a sustainable future. Drawing attention to the...

2 September 2019