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Nicholas Nisbett

Cluster Leader Research Fellow

Nicholas Nisbett is a Senior Research Fellow at IDS, where he co-leads the Health and Nutrition Cluster of researchers and teaches on development and nutrition.

His work explores the political economy of nutrition policy and programming in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and he has published research on national and international nutrition governance and policy processes, community level drivers of nutrition and community accountability. He has led major multi-methods evaluations of nutrition and livelihoods programmes as well as research focused on state, district and local level constraints to implementation of programmes at scale. Prior to joining IDS, Nisbett worked for the UK government, where he led teams on agricultural trade policy; agricultural policy reform and land and marine based natural resource management; and led a major international policy research programme, the Foresight Project on Global Food and Farming Futures. Nisbett has also focused on transformations related to internet use and IT-based employment in India and has published a monograph on middle class youth aspirations in this field: ‘Growing up in the Knowledge Society’

Nicholas Nisbett’s recent work

Journal Article

The Challenges of Institutionalizing Community-Level Social Accountability Mechanisms for Health and Nutrition: a Qualitative Study in Odisha, India

BMC Health Services Research;

Background: India has been at the forefront of innovations around social accountability mechanisms in improving the delivery of public services, including health and nutrition. Yet little is known about how such initiatives are faring now that they are incorporated formally into government...

1 January 2018

Journal Article

Explaining the Reduction in Child Undernutrition in the Indian State of Maharashtra Between 2006 and 2012: An Analysis of the Policy Processes

;Food Policy 70 (2017) 27–39

This study is intended to contribute to future policy via unpacking the unfolding story of policy and programme attention to nutrition. Stakeholder perceptions and opinions on the wider policy, political and contextual reasons for Maharashtra’s decline in child undernutrition were sought and...

14 May 2017

Journal Article

Bangladesh’s Story of Change in Nutrition: Strong Improvements in Basic and Underlying Determinants with an Unfinished Agenda for Direct Community Level Support

Global Food Security 13

Bangladesh has made considerable progress in reducing child stunting and is lauded as a success story in global nutrition fora. This mixed-methods study considers available statistical and qualitative evidence to help reveal the critical factors behind Bangladesh's ‘story of change’ in...

1 May 2017