Dr Sophie Hawkesworth


Assistant Professor
in Public Health Epidemiology


15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2380

Sophie joined LSHTM in 2005 to work within the MRC International Nutrition Group, where she completed her PhD in 2010. She is a Public Health Nutritionist with interests in the importance of nutrition and the food environment as determinants of non-communicable diseases. Sophie is a member of the Nutrition Group at LSHTM and sits on the Managment Committee for the Centre for Global NCDs


Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Department of Population Health


Global Non-Communicable Diseases


Sophie is heavily involved in teaching on the MSc in Nutrition for Global Health. In addition Sophie teaches on the distance learning module Study Design and set up a new short course on Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy.


Sophie has a broad interest in the wider determinants of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially those relating to nutrition in its broadest sense, and the importance of mixed-methods research. Her PhD research focussed on the early life nutritional determinants of NCDs. Subsequently Sophie has been involved in projects exploring the food environment as an important upstream determinant of NCDs - including agriculture and food policies. Her current research project looks at the association between the local built environment and physical activity and diet amongst older people in the UK and has a strong methodological component. 

Research Area
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Global Health
Life-course epidemiology
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases
United Kingdom
Gambia, The
European Union
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Early exposure to toxic metals has a limited effect on blood pressure or kidney function in later childhood, rural Bangladesh.
Hawkesworth, S.; Wagatsuma, Y.; Kippler, M.; Fulford, A.J.; Arifeen, S.E.; Persson, L.A.; Moore, S.E.; Vahter, M.;
Int J Epidemiol
Can nutrition be promoted through agriculture-led food price policies? A systematic review.
Dangour, A.D. ; Hawkesworth, S. ; Shankar, B. ; Watson, L. ; Srinivasan, C.S. ; Morgan, E.H. ; Haddad, L. ; Waage, J. ;
BMJ Open
Nutritional supplementation during pregnancy and offspring cardiovascular disease risk in The Gambia.
Hawkesworth, S.; Walker, C.G.; Sawo, Y.; Fulford, A.J.; Jarjou, L.M.; Goldberg, G.R.; Prentice, A.; Prentice, A.M.; Moore, S.E.;
Am J Clin Nutr
Effect of maternal calcium supplementation on offspring blood pressure in 5- to 10-y-old rural Gambian children.
Hawkesworth, S.; Sawo, Y.; Fulford, A.J.; Goldberg, G.R.; Jarjou, L.M.; Prentice, A.; Moore, S.E.;
Am J Clin Nutr
Feeding the world healthily: the challenge of measuring the effects of agriculture on health.
Hawkesworth, S.; Dangour, A.D.; Johnston, D.; Lock, K.; Poole, N.; Rushton, J.; Uauy, R.; Waage, J.;
Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
B-Vitamins and Fatty Acids in the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: A Systematic Review.
Dangour, A.D.; Whitehouse, P.J.; Rafferty, K.; Mitchell, S.A.; Smith, L.; Hawkesworth, S.; Vellas, B.;
J Alzheimers Dis
Maternal protein-energy supplementation does not affect adolescent blood pressure in The Gambia.
Hawkesworth, S.; Prentice, A.M.; Fulford, A.J.; Moore, S.E.;
Int J Epidemiol
See all Dr Sophie Hawkesworth's Publications