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Nicolas Berger
Research Fellow
Social Epidemiologist
Christelle Clary
Research Fellow
Epidemiologist
Laura Cornelsen
Co-director
Assistant Professor
Public Health Economist
MRC Career Development Fellow
Steven Cummins
Co-director
Professor
Geographer
Vanessa Er
Research Fellow
Nutritionist
Amanda Karapici
PhD Candidate Fellow
Systems modeller
Cherry Law
Research Fellow
Economist
Daniel Lewis
Lecturer
Geographer
Kate Mason
PhD candidate
Epidemiologist
Denise Ndlovu
PhD candidate
Nutritionist
Richard Smith
Professor
Health Economist
Claire Thompson
Assistant Professor
Sociologist
Wellcome Trust Society &
Ethics Fellow
Toby Watt
PhD candidate
Economist
Martine Shareck
Associate member
Research Fellow
Social Epidemiologist

 

 

Nicolas Berger

LSHTM profile Googlescholar ORCID  @Nicolas__Berger

 
Nico is a Research Fellow at LSHTM. His research interests are in the contextual and socio-environmental determinants of health, particularly diet and physical activity, and in the application of statistical methods for longitudinal data analysis. In his current project, Nico uses large disaggregated household food and beverage expenditure data to analyse the influence of policy and industry-led changes in food systems on household food and beverage consumption. Nico received his PhD in social epidemiology from LSHTM in 2018. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Belgian Scientific Institute of Public Health.

 

 

 

Christelle Clary

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Christelle is a Research Fellow at LSHTM. Christelle has strong research interests in environmental determinants of dietary behaviours and active lifestyles among urban adult populations. Using theories and analytical tools from varied fields such as epidemiology, health geography, and sociology, her work builds upon both conceptual and empirical explorations. Formerly a food engineer (MSc), Christelle has trained in Public Health Nutrition (MSc) at the Université de Montpellier II and Health Promotion (PhD) at the Université de Montréal.

 

 

 

Laura Cornelsen

LSHTM profile Googlescholar ORCID  l_cornelsen

 

Laura is an Assistant Professor in Public Health Economists. She is a public health economist interested in understanding linkages between public health and food systems changes, including the role of food prices as well as health-related food policies in influencing health outcomes. Laura has a MSc degree in Health Economics from University of York and a PhD degree in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Her PhD work focused on the economic impacts of tobacco control policies in Ireland. After two years of post-doctoral work at the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) on agri-health economics, Laura was awarded a fellowship in Economics of Health, funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) in 2014. The fellowship work looked at the indirect impact of food taxes and subsidies on food consumption and population health in the UK. In 2017, Laura was awarded a Career Development Award by the UK MRC. Her current work focuses on analysing changes in the dietary patterns in the UK in the past five years using large disaggregated household food and beverage expenditure data and looking at whether food system changes (e.g. industry actions, regulation, policy drivers) have had an impact on what types of foods and beverages people buy and whether these could affect dietary health. Laura also has an interest in Discrete Choice Experiment methods for the prospective analysis of policy effects. Laura remains affiliated with LCIRAH (www.lcirah.ac.uk) and continues to collaborate on projects in low- and middle-income countries such as the Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems program (blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/shefs/).

 

 

 

Steven Cummins

LSHTM profile Googlescholar ORCID  @stevencjcummins

 

Steve is Professor of Population Health in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society and Co-Director of the Population Health Innovation Lab (PHI|Lab). He is originally a geographer who moved into epidemiology and population health. He is currently interested in how the built environment affects health and the design and evaluation of the health impacts of environmental interventions. More recently he has begun thinking through whether complex systems theories and methods might offer a way to extend this work and be able to better understand and capture the wide range of potential health effects of social and environmental interventions in transport, food and welfare systems. Current work in which he is involved (alongside many others) includes evaluations of the introduction of taxes and levies on sugar sweetened beverages locally (Jamie’s Italian restaurants) and nationally in (the HM Treasury Sugar Tax), the health effects of transport infrastructure interventions and urban design on active travel,  the role of food banks in the welfare system and the utility of agent—based models for investigations of the potential impacts of population health interventions in the food and transport systems.

 

 

 

Vanessa Er

LSHTM profile

 

Vanessa is a Research Fellow at LSHTM and works in the LSHTM School for Public Health Research. She has an academic background in nutrition and has expertise in mixed method research. Her interest in public health originated from her work experience at Bristol Public Health, working mainly in deprived areas of Bristol. That also sparked her research interest in health inequalities, ethnic minority health and participatory research methods. Her current work includes the evaluation of TfL restriction on HFSS (high fat, salt or sugar food and drink) advertising, critical review of system approaches in public health evaluation, and exploring the impacts of austerity on housing and health using Photovoice. Before joining LSHTM, Vanessa completed her doctoral research on diet and prostate cancer, and carried out research on children and young people’s health for DECIPHer and NIHR SPHR at the University of Bristol.

 
 

 

Amanda Karapici

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Amanda is currently a PhD student in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and part of SPHR@L team. Her PhD research is focused on simulating the impacts of complex local food system interventions on diet-related health using spatial agent-based models. Amanda background is in Finance (BSc/MSc) with training in System Dynamics (MSc) and Business Administration (MSc).

 

 

 

Cherry Law

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Cherry is Research Fellow in Food System Economics at LSHTM. Her research interests lie in the field of food, health and development economics. Cherry uses disaggregated household food expenditure data, product level trade data as well as state/region level data to understand the dietary impacts of government policies. Her current research focuses on understanding the demand for processed foods and beverages in India and analysing the economic impacts of soft drink industry levy in the UK. Cherry holds a PhD degree in Economics from University of Kent and an MSc degree in Applied Economics from University of Nottingham. Prior to her PhD, She worked at the UNESCAP and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

 

 

 

Daniel Lewis

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Daniel was, until November 2018, an MRC Skills Development Fellow at LSHTM. His work focused on the application of geodata science methods to research questions in health geography, health services and population health. Daniel is interested in the explanatory potential of complexity science, a way of seeing the world that emphasises the interconnectedness of factors that produce health through the adoption of a ‘systems’ perspective. An emerging interest in ‘urban health’ and the health of city dwellers particularly lends itself to a complexity focus. Cities increasingly concentrate both opportunity and inequality, trends in the health and wellbeing of city dwellers cannot be fully explained as the linear combination of independent causal factors, but instead must be understood as being determined by a web of networked sub-systems acting together to produce population health. As of November 2018, Daniel will be a Lecturer in Data Science as part of the Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). He retains an honorary research fellowship at LSHTM.

 

 

 

Kate Mason

Researchgate Googlescholar ORCID  @ke_mason

 

Kate is currently a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Kate has broad research interests in the environmental and social determinants of physical and mental health, and health behaviours such as physical activity and diet, and she primarily use quantitative epidemiological methods applied to large, complex data sets. Her PhD research is focused on how neighbourhood built environments influence obesity-related outcomes in the UK, examining in particular how this might vary for different people and in different places. Kate has previously contributed to research spanning various determinants of health and health inequalities, with a particular focus on relationships between housing and health in Australia.

 

 

 

Denise Ndlovu

LSHTM profile

 

Denise is currently a PhD student in Public Health Policy at LSHTM. Her PhD will explore the nutrition practices of food banks and how they intersect with low-income household food practices using qualitative research methodologies. Denise is a Registered Associate Nutritionist after successfully completing a BSc in Human Nutrition at London Metropolitan University. She also holds an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health at LSHTM and worked briefly as a Research Assistant at LSHTM. Denise’s research interests include food security, inequalities, malnutrition and the social determinants of health.

 

 

 

Richard Smith

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Richard was, until September 2018, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy and Professor of Health System Economics at LSHTM. He is now Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics at Exeter University.  He is currently involved in an evaluation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy, and has worked closely with Laura Cornelsen on the economics of consumer choice for a number of years.

 

 

 

Claire Thompson

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Claire is an Assistant Professor in the department of Public Health, Environments and Society (PHES) in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy.  She is a qualitative researcher with interests in food poverty, urban inequalities, welfare reform, regeneration, and food and alcohol environments. Her current research projects focus on the health and wellbeing challenges of the foodbanking system in London and lived experiences of claiming Universal Credit. Claire also works with various Local Authorities in the UK on developing Food Poverty Action Plans (FPAPs) and organises stakeholder events to bring local organisations together.

 

 

 

Toby Watt

LSHTM profile

 

Toby is a senior Analyst at the Health Foundation and PhD student at LSHTM.

 

 

 

Martine Shareck

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Martine is a Banting postdoctoral research fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada, and at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital. Trained in social epidemiology and health geography, she has 10 years of experience researching the effect of urban environments on health practices and social inequalities thereof. She is currently working on a mixed-methods evaluation of built environment interventions in two lower-income Toronto neighbourhoods.