Dr Kerry Brown
BSc MSc PhD ANutr FHEA
15-17 Tavistock Place
I am a public health researcher, who works with mixed-methods, systems thinking, and across inter-disciplinary areas related to food and health. I have a multi-disciplinary background (sports physiology, psychology, nutrition) and work across the social and natural sciences. My main research interests are in the development of innovative methods to study food systems and the integration of multi-disciplinary (uncertain) evidence to inform risk analysis, effect policy change, and tackle food-related public health challenges. I have a particular interest in the development and implementation of dietary reference values and sustainable food-based dietary guidelines.
I am a Registered Associate Nutritionist on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (AfN), a member of the London Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture & Health (LCIRAH), a London area STEM ambassador, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I teach on the MSc Nutrition for Global Health and co-organise the Fundamental Public Health Nutrition module. I tutor and provide supervisory support for students on the MSc Public Health. I have a keen interest in research design and welcome research projects that incorporate evidence from both the social and natural sciences to study the area of food and health (particularly those linked to nutrition risk analysis or food-based dietary guidelines).
My main current research explores food security and inequity in the food system in India (also links to South Africa and the UK). This involves finding innovative methods of integrating social, health, and ecological evidence and implementing coherent food system policies to help fulfil the UN sustainable development goals.
I support the work of the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) who, in collaboration with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, are piloting a 'food smart' city initiative in Visakhapatnam. The research involves engagement, qualitative, and questionnaire survey activities with the aim to make transparent the social, health, and ecological consequences of food system interventions/policies.
Prior to joining LSHTM, I worked at the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre at the University of Surrey and was involved in a series of food and health European Commission-funded projects. I continue to support the development of a research infrastructure for food, nutrition and health research (FNH-RI) in Europe.
I support two DrPH students:
- Lesley James: studying trans-fat and sodium policy processes in Canada (co-supervisor)
- Rachel Clarke: The effect of food reformulation and portion size interventions in reducing the availability and consumption of sugar (member of Advisory Group)
Current and past research activities listed below:
- Knowledge exchange through a Bedouin lens: a photovoice exploration of camel owner perceptions of zoonotic disease risk (Bloomsbury Set). The project uses Photovoice and invites participants to become active co-researchers, collecting data from their own perspectives to demonstrate community knowledge and practices, through photography and subsequent collaborative discussions.
- SHEFS, Sustainable and healthy food systems (Wellcome Trust). A programme aiming to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary evidence to define future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner.
- RICHFIELDS, Research Infrastructure on Consumer Health and Food Intake for EScience with Linked Data Sharing (EC, Horizon 2020). Designing a world-class infrastructure to facilitate food and health research.
- EuroDISH, Studying the need for food and health research infrastructures in Europe (EC, FP7). Mapping food and health research facilities related to determinants of dietary behaviour; intake of foods/nutrients; status and functional markers of nutritional health; health and disease risk of foods/nutrients.
- CLYMBOL, The role of health-related claims and symbols in consumer behaviour (EC, FP7).
- EURRECA, European micronutrient Recommendations Aligned (EC, FP6). A network of excellence to standardise the process of setting micronutrient recommendation.
- The role of the home environment in protecting child health (University of Surrey and Roehampton University Joint Innovation Fund). Investigated home environment variables such as parental covert/overt dietary control and explored the role these variables might play in protecting children from becoming overweight and/or encouraging the adoption of healthy lifestyles.
- Young People & Food - Adolescent’s Dietary Beliefs & Understandings (Safefood - food safety promotion board, Northern & the Republic of Ireland). Investigated the factors that may influence the efficacy of food risk and dietary communications directed at young people.
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