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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Gerald 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

Research Fellow

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Rebecca Mitchell

Research Officer

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Catherine Grant

Research Officer

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Dolf J.H. 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



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