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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

Opinion

Community engagement and tackling antimicrobial resistance

Community engagement has the potential to put people, their perceptions and priorities at the heart of both social and biological science development research. 'A woman raises her hand to speak at a community meeting in Aurangabad', Flickr.com, World Bank Photo Collection, CC BY-NC-ND...

7 August 2019

News

New IDS Bulletin on the political economy of food

This new issue of the IDS Bulletin, edited by Jody Harris, Molly Anderson, Chantal Clément and Nicholas Nisbett examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them. It...

6 August 2019

Journal

The Political Economy of Food

IDS Bulletin 50.2

Any analysis of food systems needs to include power as an aspect of political economy, in order to understand how power relations develop over time and how they affect different food system actors. This issue of the IDS Bulletin examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and...

5 August 2019

Publication

Cross Border Dynamics: Burundi-DRC (Updated August 2019)

This brief summarises key considerations concerning cross-border dynamics between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. It is the third in a series of four briefs focusing on the at risk border areas between...

Jean-Benoît Falisse

5 August 2019