Alan Dangour

MSc PhD RNutr


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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 Head of the Nutrition Group at LSHTM. 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.  In December 2018, Alan was appointed as the Specialist Advisor to the Environmental Audit Committee (UK Parliament) Inquiry on Planetary Health.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population 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

Effect of environmental changes on vegetable and legume yields and nutritional quality.
Scheelbeek, P.F.D. ; Bird, F.A. ; Tuomisto, H.L. ; Green, R. ; Harris, F.B. ; Joy, E.J.M. ; Chalabi, Z. ; Allen, E. ; Haines, A. ; Dangour, A.D. ;
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
Greenhouse gas emissions and water footprints of typical dietary patterns in India.
Green, R.F. ; Joy, E.J.M. ; Harris, F. ; Agrawal, S. ; Aleksandrowicz, L. ; Hillier, J. ; Macdiarmid, J.I. ; Milner, J. ; Vetter, S.H. ; Smith, P. ; Haines, A. ; Dangour, A.D. ;
Sci Total Environ
Climate Change and Global Food Systems: Potential Impacts on Food Security and Undernutrition.
Myers, S.S. ; Smith, M.R. ; Guth, S. ; Golden, C.D. ; Vaitla, B. ; Mueller, N.D. ; Dangour, A.D. ; Huybers, P. ;
Annu Rev Public Health
Projected health effects of realistic dietary changes to address freshwater constraints in India: a modelling study.
Milner, J. ; Joy, E.J.M. ; Green, R. ; Harris, F. ; Aleksandrowicz, L. ; Agrawal, S. ; Smith, P. ; Haines, A. ; Dangour, A.D. ;
Lancet Planet Health
Effects of vitamin B-12 supplementation on neurologic and cognitive function in older people: a randomized controlled trial.
Dangour, A.D. ; Allen, E. ; Clarke, R. ; Elbourne, D. ; Fletcher, A.E. ; Letley, L. ; Richards, M. ; Whyte, K. ; Uauy, R. ; Mills, K. ;
Am J Clin Nutr
The potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK through healthy and realistic dietary change
Green, R.; Milner, J.; Dangour, A.D.; Haines, A.; Chalabi, Z.; Markandya, A.; Spadaro, J.; Wilkinson, P.
Climatic Change
The effect of rising food prices on food consumption: systematic review with meta-regression.
Green, R. ; Cornelsen, L. ; Dangour, A.D. ; Turner, R. ; Shankar, B. ; Mazzocchi, M. ; Smith, R.D. ;
Interventions to improve water quality and supply, sanitation and hygiene practices, and their effects on the nutritional status of children.
Dangour, A.D. ; Watson, L. ; Cumming, O. ; Boisson, S. ; Che, Y. ; Velleman, Y. ; Cavill, S. ; Allen, E. ; Uauy, R. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
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