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Nutrition, economics and policy

HESA research addresses the influence of food economics and policy in nutrition and related health.

Specifically, this work relates to food pricing and its influence on consumption, the influence of trade and agricultural policy on nutrition and health, industry influence on trade policy and the management of risks associated with trade agreements, and the influence of social protection schemes on nutrition and health. These are multidisciplinary areas, drawing on our expertise in disciplines including economics, public health, epidemiology and nutrition.

We apply a range of methodological techniques, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis to examining these issues. Staff are closely linked and work in collaboration with colleagues from the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH).

List of projects

Direct and indirect impact of food taxes and subsidies on food consumption and population health
Laura Cornelsen (PI), Richard Smith

Demand and preference for animal sourced foods in families with young children in peri-urban Nairobi
Laura Cornelsen, Barbara Haesler (RVC), Paula-Dominguez Salas (RVC), Pablo Alarcon (RVC), Eric Fevre (ILRI), Jonathan Rushton (RVC)

A systematic review of the impact of international food-related trade policy on nutrition and health
Helen Walls, Laura Cornelsen, Sharon Friel (The Australian National University), Richard Smith

Political priority accorded nutrition in agricultural policy
Helen Walls, Laura Cornelsen, Karen Lock, Richard Smith

Improving the regulatory capacity of countries to manage risks associated with trade agreements
Helen Walls, Richard Smith, Peter Drahos (Queen Mary University of London; The Australian National University)

The processed food industry’s use of power in the context of free trade agreements
Helen Walls, Anne Marie Thow (The University of Sydney), Phillip Baker (The Australian National University), Anushka Pereira (London South Bank University)

A systematic review of the impact of social protection schemes on nutrition and health in low- and middle-income countries
Helen Walls and Deborah Johnston (PIs) (School of Oriental and African Studies), Jane Dixon (The Australian National University), Richard Smith, Johanna Hanefeld, Lizzie Hull (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Direct and indirect impact of food taxes and subsidies on food consumption and population | Laura Cornelsen (PI)

Towards a healthier and environmentally sustainable edible oil consumption profile for Asia | Richard Smith (PI); Marcus Keogh Brown | Thailand

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