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Jody Harris

Research Fellow

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.

Twitter: @justjody23



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.


Equity in Agriculture-Nutrition Research

Equity and equality are important themes in food and nutrition, but the existing literature in agriculture-nutrition-health (ANH) research has only partially addressed these issues.



Of milk and minorities: equity and consumption in Vietnam

Gender is an integral component of agriculture, nutrition, and health, yet not all women (nor all men) are the same. Agriculture for Nutrition and Health's (A4NH) Gender, Equity, and Empowerment (GEE) unit focuses on ensuring that gender and other aspects of equity – such as poverty,...

24 May 2019



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...

23 October 2019

Journal Article

Advocacy Coalitions and the Transfer of Nutrition Policy to Zambia

Health Policy and Planning;

Stunted growth in children and multisectoral action to address it are dominant ideas in the international nutrition community today, and this study finds that these ideas are increasingly evident over time in nutrition policy in Zambia, with stunting largely displacing other framings of...

26 March 2019

Jody Harris’s recent work


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