Recent publications


Yau, A., Adams, J., Boyland, E. J., Burgoine, T., Cornelsen, L., de Vocht, F., Egan, M., Er, V., Lake, A. A., Lock, K., Mytton, O., Petticrew, M., Thompson, C., White, M., & Cummins, S. (2021). Sociodemographic differences in self-reported exposure to high fat, salt and sugar food and drink advertising: a cross-sectional analysis of 2019 UK panel data. BMJ Open, 11(4), e048139.

Pell, D., Mytton, O., Penney, T.L., Briggs, A., Cummins, S., Penn-Jones, C., Rayner, M., Rutter, H., Scarborough, P., Sharp, S.J., Smith, R.D., White, M., Adams, J., 2021. Changes in soft drinks purchased by British households associated with the UK soft drinks industry levy: Controlled interrupted time series analysis. BMJ 372.

Brown, K.A., Venkateshmurthy, N.S., Law, C., Harris, F., Kadiyala, S., Shankar, B., Mohan, S., Prabhakaran, D. and Knai, C., 2021. Moving towards sustainable food systems: A review of Indian food policy budgets. Global Food Security28, p.100462.


Watt, T., Beckert, W., Smith, R., Cornelsen, L. 2020. Reducing consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages through banning price promotions: What is the evidence and will it work? Public Health Nutrition, 23(12), 2228-2233. DOI: 10.1017/S1368980019004956

Cummins, S., Berger, N., Cornelsen, L., Eling, J., Er, V., Greener, R., Kalbus, A., Karapici, A., Law, C., Ndlovu, D., Yau, A. 2020. COVID-19: impact on the urban food retail system and dietary inequalities in the UK, Cities & Health, DOI: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1785167

Berger, N., Allen, A., Cummins, S., Smith, RD, Cornelsen, L. 2020. Patterns of beverage purchases amongst British households: A latent class analysis. Plos Med

Berger, N., Cummins, S., Smith, R.D., Cornelsen, L. 2020.Have socio-economic inequalities in sugar purchasing widened? A longitudinal analysis of food and beverage consumer data from British households, 2014–2017. Public Health Nutrition

Cornelsen, L., Quaife, M., Lagarde, M., Smith, R.D. 2020. Framing and signalling effects of taxes on sugary drinks: A discrete choice experiment among households in Great Britain. Health Economics, 29(10), 1132-47.

Biondi, B., Cornelsen, L., Mazzocchi, M., Smith, R.D. 2020. Between preferences and references: Asymmetric price elasticities and the simulation of fiscal policies. JEBO. 180, 108-128.

Law, C., Cornelsen, L., Adams, J., Pell, D., Rutter, H., White, M., Smith, R., 2020. The Impact of UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy on Manufacturers’ Domestic Turnover. Econ. Hum. Biol. 100866.

Berger, N., Lewis, D., Quartagno, M., Njagi, E., Cummins, S., 2020. Longitudinal associations between neighbourhood trust, social support and physical activity in adolescents: evidence from the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. J. Epidemiol. Community Health.

Law, C., Cornelsen, L., Adams, J., Penney, T., Rutter, H., White, M., Smith, R., 2020. An analysis of the stock market reaction to the announcements of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Econ. Hum. Biol. 100834.

Scarborough, P., Adhikari, V., Harrington, R.A., Elhussein, A., Briggs, A., Rayner, M., Adams, J., Cummins, S., Penney, T., White, M., 2020. Impact of the announcement and implementation of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy on sugar content, price, product size and number of available soft drinks in the UK, 2015-19: A controlled interrupted time series analysis. PLOS Med. 17, e1003025.


Berger, N., Lewis, D., Quartagno, M., Njagi, E.N., Cummins, S., 2019. Longitudinal associations between perceptions of the neighbourhood environment and physical activity in adolescents: evidence from the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. BMC Public Health 19, 1760.

Shareck, M., Benmarhnia, T., Berger, N., Smith, N.R., Lewis, D., Cummins, S., 2019. Does the neighborhood food environment contribute to ethnic inequalities in fast-food intake? findings from the ORiEL study. Prev. Med. Reports 16.

Scheelbeek, P.F.D., Cornelsen, L., Marteau, T.M., Jebb, S.A., Smith, R.D., 2019. Potential impact on prevalence of obesity in the UK of a 20% price increase in high sugar snacks: modelling study. BMJ 366, l4786.

Berger, N., Cummins, S., Smith, R.D., Cornelsen, L., 2019. Recent trends in energy and nutrient content of take-home food and beverage purchases in Great Britain: an analysis of 225 million food and beverage purchases over 6 years. BMJ Nutr. Prev. Heal. bmjnph-2019-000036.

Nightingale, C.M., Limb, E.S., Ram, B., Shankar, A., Clary, C., Lewis, D., Cummins, S., Procter, D., Cooper, A.R., Page, A.S., Ellaway, A., Giles-Corti, B., Whincup, P.H., Rudnicka, A.R., Cook, D.G., Owen, C.G., 2019. The effect of moving to East Village, the former London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Athletes’ Village, on physical activity and adiposity (ENABLE London): a cohort study. Lancet Public Heal.

Berger, N., Lewis, D., Quartagno, M., Njagi, E.N., Cummins, S., 2019. Associations between school and neighbourhood ethnic density and physical activity in adolescents: Evidence from the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study. Soc. Sci. Med. 112426.

Berger, N., Kaufman, T.K., Bader, M.D.M., Rundle, A.G., Mooney, S.J., Neckerman, K.M., Lovasi, G.S., 2019. Disparities in trajectories of changes in the unhealthy food environment in New York City: A latent class growth analysis, 1990–2010. Soc. Sci. Med. 112362.

Cornelsen, L., Berger, N., Cummins, S., Smith, R., 2019. Socio-economic patterning of expenditures on ‘out-of-home’food and non-alcoholic beverages by product and place of purchase in Britain. Soc. Sci. Med.

Cornelsen, L., Mazzocchi, M., Smith, R.D., 2019. Fat tax or thin subsidy? How price increases and decreases affect the energy and nutrient content of food and beverage purchases in Great Britain. Soc. Sci. Med. 230, 318.

Law, T.W., Green, R., Kadiyala, S., Bhavani, S., Knai, C., Brown, K., Dangour, A., Cornelsen, L., 2019. Purchase trends of processed foods and beverages in urban India. Glob. Food Sec. 23, 191–204.

Pistoll, C.T., Cummins, S., 2019. Exploring changes in active travel uptake and cessation across the lifespan: Longitudinal evidence from the UK Household Longitudinal Survey. Prev. Med. Reports 13, 57–61.

Thompson, C., Reynolds, J., 2019. Reflections on the go‐along: How “disruptions” can illuminate the relationships of health, place and practice. Geogr. J. 185, 156–167.

Thompson, C., Smith, D., Cummins, S., 2019. Food banking and emergency food aid: expanding the definition of local food environments and systems. Int. J. Behav. Nutr. Phys. Act. 16, 2.


Cornelsen, L., Smith, R.D., 2018. Soda taxes–Four questions economists need to address. Food Policy 74, 138–142.

Knai, C., Petticrew, M., Mays, N., Capewell, S., Cassidy, R., Cummins, S., Eastmure, E., Fafard, P., Hawkins, B., Jensen, J.D., 2018. Systems thinking as a framework for analyzing commercial determinants of health. Milbank Q. 96, 472–498.

Mason, K.E., Pearce, N., Cummins, S., 2018. Associations between fast food and physical activity environments and adiposity in mid-life: cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank. Lancet Public Heal. 3, e24–e33.

Quirmbach, D., Cornelsen, L., Jebb, S.A., Marteau, T., Smith, R., 2018. Effect of increasing the price of sugar-sweetened beverages on alcoholic beverage purchases: an economic analysis of sales data. J Epidemiol Community Heal. 72, 324–330.

Shareck, M., Lewis, D., Smith, N.R., Clary, C., Cummins, S., 2018. Associations between home and school neighbourhood food environments and adolescents’ fast-food and sugar-sweetened beverage intakes: findings from the Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) Study. Public Health Nutr. 21, 2842–2851.

Smith, R.D., Cornelsen, L., Quirmbach, D., Jebb, S.A., Marteau, T.M., 2018. Are sweet snacks more sensitive to price increases than sugar-sweetened beverages: analysis of British food purchase data. BMJ Open 8, e019788.

Thompson, C., Milton, S., Egan, M., Lock, K., 2018. Down the local: A qualitative case study of daytime drinking spaces in the London Borough of Islington. Int. J. Drug Policy 52, 1–8.

Thompson, C., Ponsford, R., Lewis, D., Cummins, S., 2018. Fast-food, everyday life and health: A qualitative study of ‘chicken shops’ in East London. Appetite 128, 7–13.

Thompson, C., Smith, D., Cummins, S., 2018. Understanding the health and wellbeing challenges of the food banking system: A qualitative study of food bank users, providers and referrers in London. Soc. Sci. Med. 211, 95–101.


Cornelsen, L., Mytton, O.T., Adams, J., Gasparrini, A., Iskander, D., Knai, C., Petticrew, M., Scott, C., Smith, R., Thompson, C., 2017. Change in non-alcoholic beverage sales following a 10-pence levy on sugar-sweetened beverages within a national chain of restaurants in the UK: interrupted time series analysis of a natural experiment. J Epidemiol Community Heal. 71, 1107–1112.

Cummins, S., Clary, C., Shareck, M., 2017. Enduring challenges in estimating the effect of the food environment on obesity. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 106, 445–446.

Thompson, C., Lewis, D.J., Greenhalgh, T., Smith, N.R., Fahy, A.E., Cummins, S., 2017. “I don’t know how I’m still standing” a Bakhtinian analysis of social housing and health narratives in East London. Soc. Sci. Med. 177, 27–34.


Clary, C., Lewis, D.J., Flint, E., Smith, N.R., Kestens, Y., Cummins, S., 2016. The local food environment and fruit and vegetable intake: a geographically weighted regression approach in the ORiEL Study. Am. J. Epidemiol. 184, 837–846.

Cornelsen, L., Alarcon, P., Häsler, B., Amendah, D.D., Ferguson, E., Fèvre, E.M., Grace, D., Dominguez-Salas, P., Rushton, J., 2016. Cross-sectional study of drivers of animal-source food consumption in low-income urban areas of Nairobi, Kenya. BMC Nutr. 2, 70.

Cornelsen, L., Mazzocchi, M., Green, R., Dangour, A.D., Smith, R.D., 2016. Estimating the relationship between food prices and food consumption—methods matter. Appl. Econ. Perspect. Policy 38, 546–561.

Flint, E., Cummins, S., 2016. Active commuting and obesity in mid-life: cross-sectional, observational evidence from UK Biobank. lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 4, 420–435.

Flint, E., Webb, E., Cummins, S., 2016. Change in commute mode and body-mass index: prospective, longitudinal evidence from UK Biobank. Lancet Public Heal. 1, e46–e55.

Thompson, C., Cummins, S., Brown, T., Kyle, R., 2016. Contrasting approaches to ‘doing’family meals: a qualitative study of how parents frame children’s food preferences. Crit. Public Health 26, 322–332.