Dr Sophie Hawkesworth MSc PhD

Assistant Professor in Public Health Epidemiology


Sophie joined LSHTM in 2005 to work within the MRC International Nutrition Group, where she completed her PhD in 2010. She is a Public Health Nutritionist with interests in the importance of nutrition and the food environment as determinants of non-communicable diseases. Sophie is a member of the Nutrition Group at LSHTM and sits on the Managment Committee for the Centre for Global NCDs




Sophie is heavily involved in teaching on the MSc in Nutrition for Global Health. In addition Sophie teaches on the distance learning module Study Design and set up a new short course on Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy.


Sophie has a broad interest in the wider determinants of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially those relating to nutrition in its broadest sense, and the importance of mixed-methods research. Her PhD research focussed on the early life nutritional determinants of NCDs. Subsequently Sophie has been involved in projects exploring the food environment as an important upstream determinant of NCDs - including agriculture and food policies. Her current research project looks at the association between the local built environment and physical activity and diet amongst older people in the UK and has a strong methodological component. 

Research areas

  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Global Health
  • Public health
  • Social and structural determinants of health


  • Epidemiology
  • Life-course epidemiology
  • Nutrition

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malnutrition
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Obesity


  • European Union
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)


  • Gambia, The
  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Body Composition
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