Dr Phil Baker, Dr Rebecca Lindberg, Dr Priscila Machado, Dr Julie Woods
This group focuses on investigating and informing innovative policy actions that promote sustainable and equitable food systems and protect public health. Our group is interdisciplinary with expertise in public health nutrition, health promotion, dietetics, political science, food regulation, psychology and sociology.
To address the complex nature of today’s food and nutrition challenges, our research extends beyond a conventional nutrient-orientated approach to encompass foods, dietary patterns and food systems thinking.
We use qualitative and quantitative research methods and undertake modelling of the health and environmental impacts of food systems. We also undertake critical analysis of policy-making associated with:
- Dietary guidelines
- Food and nutrition security
- Food fortification
- Food labelling
- Infant formula
- Nutrient reference values
- Preventing undernutrition, obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases.
We work with a number of leading agencies including the World Health Organization, The Cochrane Collaboration, Food Standards Australia New Zealand, VicHealth and the Federal and State governments.
This group covers:
- Understanding the science and politics of food and nutrition policy-making
- Informing policies to achieve healthy and sustainable food systems
- Monitoring and evaluating the public health implications of food policies and regulations
- Influencing food and nutrition policy and public health.