Alan Dangour

MSc PhD RNutr

of Food and Nutrition for Global Health

Room 137

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

020 7958 8133

020 7958 8111

Alan joined LSHTM in 2001 and is a Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health.  Alan is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a background in biochemistry and biological anthropology. Alan is Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health. Between 2012 and 2017, Alan was seconded part-time to the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) as a Senior Research Fellow in nutrition.  Alan served as the Specialist Advisor to the Environmental Audit Committee (UK Parliament) Inquiry on Planetary Health. Alan is Honorary Treasurer of the Association for Nutrition and is a Scientific Advisor on the Board of Trustees of Weizmann UK.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


Alan teaches extensively on the MSc Nutrition for Global Health.  Alan also led a team at LSHTM that delivered two open-access training modules:

Programming for Nutrition Outcomes funded by UK DFID; and,

Agriculture, Nutrition and Health funded by Irish Aid.


Alan's early work at LSHTM focused on nutrition in older age, and he conducted a series of randomised controlled trials to determine the effectiveness of nutrition interventions for the maintenance of health and function in later life.

Since 2009, Alan's research has explored the interactions between the environment, agriculture, nutrition and health. In 2010, Alan was part of the inter-disciplinary team that set up the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) that conducts inter-sectoral research linking agriculture with health in low and middle income country settings. Between 2012 and 2018, Alan led the intervention research pillar of the DFID-funded research consortium Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA).

Alan now leads the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS) research programme funded by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health priority area, that specifically links the environment, food system and health with a focus on India, South Africa and the UK.  Alan works with an exciting team of researchers with expertise in epidemiological and mathematical modelling, soil and agricultural science, environmental assessment, climate science, nutrition and health.

Research Area
Climate change
Clinical trials
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Global Health
Older people's health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Multi-dimensional characterisation of global food supply from 1961-2013.
Bentham J; Singh GM; Danaei G; Green R; Lin JK; Stevens GA; Farzadfar F; Bennett JE; Cesare MD; Dangour AD
Nat Food
The impact of environmental changes on the yield and nutritional quality of fruits, nuts and seeds: a systematic review.
Alae-Carew C; Nicoleau S; Bird FA; Hawkins P; Tuomisto HL; Haines A; Dangour AD; Scheelbeek PFD
Environmental Research Letters
The Water Footprint of Diets: A Global Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.
Harris F; Moss C; Joy EJM; Quinn R; Scheelbeek PFD; Dangour AD; Green R
Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal
Redesigning care for older people to preserve physical and mental capacity: WHO guidelines on community-level interventions in integrated care.
Thiyagarajan JA; Araujo de Carvalho I; Peña-Rosas JP; Chadha S; Mariotti SP; Dua T; Albanese E; Bruyère O; Cesari M; Dangour A
PLoS Med
Greenhouse gas emissions and water footprints of typical dietary patterns in India.
Green RF; Joy EJM; Harris F; Agrawal S; Aleksandrowicz L; Hillier J; Macdiarmid JI; Milner J; Vetter SH; Smith P
The Science of the total environment
Effect of environmental changes on vegetable and legume yields and nutritional quality.
Scheelbeek PFD; Bird FA; Tuomisto HL; Green R; Harris FB; Joy EJM; Chalabi Z; Allen E; Haines A; Dangour AD
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Projected health effects of realistic dietary changes to address freshwater constraints in India: a modelling study.
Milner J; Joy EJM; Green R; Harris F; Aleksandrowicz L; Agrawal S; Smith P; Haines A; Dangour AD
The lancet Planetary health
Climate Change and Global Food Systems: Potential Impacts on Food Security and Undernutrition.
Myers SS; Smith MR; Guth S; Golden CD; Vaitla B; Mueller ND; Dangour AD; Huybers P
Annual review of public health
Effects of vitamin B-12 supplementation on neurologic and cognitive function in older people: a randomized controlled trial.
Dangour AD; Allen E; Clarke R; Elbourne D; Fletcher AE; Letley L; Richards M; Whyte K; Uauy R; Mills K
The American journal of clinical nutrition
The potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK through healthy and realistic dietary change
Green R; Milner J; Dangour AD; Haines A; Chalabi Z; Markandya A; Spadaro J; Wilkinson P
Climatic change
Health effects of adopting low greenhouse gas emission diets in the UK.
Milner J; Green R; Dangour AD; Haines A; Chalabi Z; Spadaro J; Markandya A; Wilkinson P
BMJ open
Effects of homocysteine lowering with B vitamins on cognitive aging: meta-analysis of 11 trials with cognitive data on 22,000 individuals.
Clarke R; Bennett D; Parish S; Lewington S; Skeaff M; Eussen SJPM; Lewerin C; Stott DJ; Armitage J; Hankey GJ
The American journal of clinical nutrition
Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries.
Prüss-Ustün A; Bartram J; Clasen T; Colford JM; Cumming O; Curtis V; Bonjour S; Dangour AD; De France J; Fewtrell L
Tropical medicine & international health
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