Jody Harris is a Fellow with a research interest in the politics and ethics of food systems and nutrition policy. She conducts research into power in societies, including work on equity and marginalization; power in politics, including political science work on policy processes; and power in food systems, including work on trade policy and the private sector; as well as the ethics of intervention into these spaces, and ethical drivers of different actors within these systems.
She has over ten years of experience in international nutrition research and practice, conducting qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations and running programmes in various contexts in Asia and Africa, particularly Vietnam and Zambia.
Jody holds a visiting fellowship to Johns Hopkins University Global Food Ethics and Policy Program, under which she is investigating the ethics of international intervention in national nutrition policy processes. She completed her PhD in development policy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, researching the Zambian nutrition policy process and implications of the transfer of ideas from the international development system into national policy. She also holds an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Jody has previously worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as well as several universities (LSHTM, UCL) and international NGOs (Action Against Hunger).
Jody co-convenes the Transforming Nutrition short course at IDS, and teaches on the MA Nutrition and MA Food and Development courses.