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Jody Harris

Post Doctoral Researcher

Jody Harris is a nutritionist with a research interest in nutrition policy and politics. She has ten years of experience in international nutrition research and practice, conducting qualitative and quantitative research and evaluations and running programmes in various contexts in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Zambia.

Jody is currently leading research into aspects of nutrition policy processes in various countries. She 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 Zambian national nutrition policy processes. She is co-principal investigator under a Sussex Sustainability Research Partnership (SSRP) grant for a two-country case study of the right to nutrition as a normative and legal concept in Zambia and Sierra Leone. She is lead investigator for a Transform Nutrition Stories of Change project in Vietnam, aiming to understand the history of nutrition policy and determinants of nutrition change, and building on a previous case study she led in Zambia.She is also principal investigator on a DFID grant through Nutrition International aiming to support the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat in understanding multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) for nutrition in order to improve MSP design in 59 SUN countries.

Jody 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 Transform Nutrition summer school at IDS, and teaches on the Nutrition MA module.



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


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

Journal Article

Changes in the Policy Environment For Infant and Young Child feeding in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia, and the Role of Targeted Advocacy

BMC Public Health 17.492

There is limited literature examining shifts in policy environments for nutrition and infant and young child feeding (IYCF) over time, and on the potential contribution of targeted advocacy to improved policy environments in low- and middle-income countries. examined the role of targeted nutrition

13 June 2017

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