Karen Lock BA BMBCh MA MSc PhD FFPH

Professor of Public Health

Background

I have an eclectic background. I studied clinical medicine at the University of Oxford, and am a consultant in public health medicine in the UK NHS (I hold the post of Honorary Consultant at Public Health England). I have also studied for an MA in environmental geography at the University of California (Los Angeles) and an MSc and PhD in public health at LSHTM.

Affiliation

Centres

Teaching

I am involved with development and delivery of the MSc Public Health as public health stream advisor. I currently teach on two core MSc modules; Issues in Public Health (term 1) and Principles and Practice of Public Health (term 3). I supervise the research of Masters, DRPH and PhD students and welcome enquiries from any prospective research students.

In addition, I am one of the Educational Supervisors on the London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex NHS Public Health Training Scheme, and supervise professional public health training at LSHTM. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education (LSHTM).

Research

I am co-lead, with Mark Petticrew, of a 10 year funded research programme focusing on UK public health as part of the NIHR School of Public Health Research (SPHR@L).  My current research focuses on upstream determinants of chronic non communicable diseases, and in particular the implications of non-health sector policies. I have been working with colleagues at LSHTM and collaborations worldwide developing methods to measure contextual environmental determinants of diet, alcohol, physical activity and cardiovascular disease in a range of urban and rural populations in countries at all stages of economic development. In the UK, this research is focusing on what factors might define 'healthy' neighbourhoods and how this can be operationalised through local government polices such as planning and licencing. 

I have been involved for a number of years in highlighting the important linkages between food and health, both in research and policy. Currently this work focuses on researching food environments for different populations and communities, and trying to explore what makes a healthier food environment.

My previous food research has included exploring the potential impacts of adopting healthier diets for NCDs on agricultural production and trade. I am a member of the management group of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH), an innovative programme to link agriculture and health research for international development. I have previously been involved in a number of food and agriculture policy processes. During 2007-9, I was an expert contributor to the European Commission DG Agri during development of new policy for school fruit and vegetable schemes as part of FV sector reform (SFS). I was a member of the World Bank Global Design and Writing Team for the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) which was adopted at an intergovernmental meeting in April 2008, and have provided input to two UK Government Foresight Assessments including that on 'Tackling Obesity: Future Choices' which was undertaken in 2006-7, and 'Global Food and Farming Futures' in 2010.

My early research focused on estimating the global burden of disease due to low intake of fruit and vegetables, and I have also contributed to systematic reviews on the effectiveness of interventions and programmes promoting fruit and vegetable intake worldwide.

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Agriculture
  • Alcohol
  • Complex interventions
  • Environment
  • Evaluation
  • Evidence use
  • Food
  • Health policy
  • Research : policy relationship
  • Social and structural determinants of health

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Non-communicable diseases

Regions

  • World

Countries

  • United Kingdom

Other interests

  • Food And Agriculture
  • Public health
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