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Dr Helen Harris-Fry

BSc MSc PhD

Assistant Professor
of Nutrition

Room
136

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7612 7940

I am a nutritionist with an interest in gender inequity, household behaviour, and resource allocation. My research focuses on community-based approaches to improve nutrition and wellbeing in low-income countries, mostly in South Asia. This has involved the evaluation of ecological interventions like forest conservation, pollination, and agricultural extension; social interventions such as women's groups, collective action, and interpersonal counselling; and food-based interventions like food transfers, cash transfers, and micronutrient fortification.

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

I co-organise the 'Maternal and Child Nutrition' module, and teach on other parts of the Nutrition for Global Health MSc.

I also co-organise a mentoring scheme in the ANH Academy, aiming to support early career professionals working in agriculture, nutrition, and health.

Research

I hold a Wellcome Trust fellowship in which I am modelling the health and income costs of gender inequity and inefficient intra-household resource allocation using 11 different datasets from low- and middle-income countries. Through my fellowship, I am also affiliated UCL Centre for Global Health Economics and the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. 

I lead LSHTM's contribution to the CAPPT project, a randomised trial testing the effectiveness of an interpersonal counselling intervention aiming to reduce anaemia in pregnancy in rural Nepal.

I am a co-investigator on UPAVAN, a cluster randomised trial of three nutrition-sensitive agriculture interventions in rural Odisha, India, as well as the follow-on study (m-UPAVAN) testing the feasibility of remote adaptions of this intervention.

I advise on diet measurement on MicroPoll, a project exploring linkages between local pollinator populations and dietary quality led by Bristol University and HERD international.

I also advise the nutrition aspects of the new strategy for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with Center for Gender Equity at Stanford University, and have advised World Food Programme Nepal on their rice fortification strategy.

Research Area
Child health
Economic evaluation
Maternal health
Agriculture
Behaviour change
Environmental Health
Equity
Gender
Global Health
Inequalities
Randomised controlled trials
Discipline
Development studies
Economics
Epidemiology
Nutrition
Country
Bangladesh
India
Nepal
Tanzania
South Africa
Region
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Differences in maternal and early child nutritional status by offspring sex in lowland Nepal.
Saville NM; Harris-Fry H; Marphatia A; Reid A; Cortina-Borja M; Manandhar DS; Wells JC
2021
American Journal of Human Biology
Economic inequality in malnutrition: a global systematic review and meta-analysis.
Alao R; Nur H; Fivian E; Shankar B; Kadiyala S; Harris-Fry H
2021
BMJ Global Health
Relative power: Explaining the effects of food and cash transfers on allocative behaviour in rural Nepalese households.
Harris-Fry H; Saville NM; Paudel P; Manandhar DS; Cortina-Borja M; Skordis J
2021
Journal of Development Economics
Equity implications of rice fortification: a modelling study from Nepal.
Saville NM; Maharjan M; Manandhar DS; Harris-Fry HA
2020
Public Health Nutrition
Agricultural and empowerment pathways from land ownership to women's nutrition in India.
Harris-Fry H; Krishnan S; Beaumont E; Prost A; Gouda S; Mohanty S; Pradhan R; Rath S; Rath S; Pradhan S
2020
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Determinants of intra-household food allocation between adults in South Asia - a systematic review.
Harris-Fry H; Shrestha N; Costello A; Saville NM
2017
International journal for equity in health
Formative evaluation of a participatory women's group intervention to improve reproductive and women's health outcomes in rural Bangladesh: a controlled before and after study.
Harris-Fry HA; Azad K; Younes L; Kuddus A; Shaha S; Nahar T; Hossen M; Costello A; Fottrell E
2016
Journal of epidemiology and community health
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