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Dr Cecile Knai

PhD MPH RNutr (Public Health)

Associate Professor
of public health policy

Room
Room 118

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7958 8155

My first degree was in European history at McGill University, followed by a Master’s degree in public health nutrition at the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in public health policy at LSHTM in 2007.

Prior to joining LSHTM I worked at the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark), most of which was spent as a technical officer in the food and nutrition unit.

Affiliations

Department of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Teaching

I co-organise the Fundamental Public Health Nutrition module with Professor Suzanne Filteau.

I also teach on the following modules: Health Promotion Theory, Nutrition-related Chronic Disease, and Nutrition Programme Planning.

I am the Exam Board Chair for the MSc Nutrition for Global Health.

Research

I conduct public health policy research, including on the commercial determinants of health, the impact of voluntary agreements on public health objectives, and conflicts of interest in food and nutrition. For example I was co-PI of a recent study on public health practitioners’ attitudes and practices of taking research funding from corporate sources. I recently established the International Research Alliance on Public Health Governance to conduct cross-disciplinary research on public health policies, including formal and informal mechanisms through which state and non-state actors gain agency and shape relevant policy. One of the group’s first papers has recently been published in Milbank Quarterly on taking a systems perspective to analyse the commercial determinants of health.

I also conduct research on food and nutrition policy and food systems analysis, public health governance, and obesity and inequalities. I am co-PI of a Welcome Trust project on sustainable food systems (http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/shefs/) and involved in a European Commission funded project on systems approaches to addressing adolescent obesity (https://www.fhi.no/en/studies/co-create/). 

I provide public health research leadership at the LSHTM Policy Innovation Research Unit (http://piru.lshtm.ac.uk/), along with Professor Mark Petticrew. Our most recent work includes the evaluation of the “Public Health Responsibility Deal”, a public-private partnership aiming to improve public health in England.

Research Area
Health policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Food
Qualitative methods
Discipline
Policy analysis
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Obesity

Selected Publications

England's childhood obesity action plan II.
Knai, C. ; Lobstein, T. ; Petticrew, M. ; Rutter, H. ; Savona, N. ;
2018
BMJ
Stakeholder Framing of Advertising Legislation: An Analysis of Media and Parliamentary Representations of the Loi Évin in the United Kingdom.
Hessari, N.M. ; Knai, C. ; Gallopel-Morvan, K. ; Petticrew, M. ; Landreat, M.G. ;
2018
J Stud Alcohol Drugs
Systems Thinking as a Framework for Analyzing Commercial Determinants of Health.
Knai, C. ; Petticrew, M. ; Mays, N. ; Capewell, S. ; Cassidy, R. ; Cummins, S. ; Eastmure, E. ; Fafard, P. ; Hawkins, B. ; Jensen, J.D. ; Katikireddi, S.V. ; Mwatsama, M. ; Orford, J. ; Weishaar, H. ;
2018
Milbank Q
Food and beverage product reformulation as a corporate political strategy.
Scott, C. ; Hawkins, B. ; Knai, C. ;
2017
Soc Sci Med
An evaluation of a public-private partnership to reduce artificial trans fatty acids in England, 2011-16.
Knai, C. ; James, L. ; Petticrew, M. ; Eastmure, E. ; Durand, M.A. ; Mays, N. ;
2017
Eur J Public Health
How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer.
Petticrew, M. ; Maani Hessari, N. ; Knai, C. ; Weiderpass, E. ;
2017
Drug Alcohol Rev
Has a public–private partnership resulted in action on healthier diets in England? An analysis of the Public Health Responsibility Deal food pledges
Knai, C.; Petticrew, M.; Durand, M.A.; Eastmure, E.; James, L.; Mehrotra, A.; Scott, C.; Mays, N.
2015
Food Policy
Public health research funding: independence is important.
Knai, C.; Gilmore, A.; Lock, K.; McKee, M.;
2010
Lancet
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