Public Health and Communities

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  • We are a cross-disciplinary team of researchers with an interest in inclusion health, eating and feeding practices, weight management and physical activity. Our strength lies in the way we use social science research methodologies and theories in relation to public health concerns and the impact on communities. We specialise in visual and textual qualitative research methodologies and quantitative, mixed-methods approaches.

    Our research activity falls into four main areas:

    • Inclusion health, TB and stigma
    • Neurodiversity eating and feeding patterns
    • Obesity, weight management and physical activity
    • Feeding practices across the life course (infants, school children and older people)

    We host the Weight and Obesity Research Group (WORG), the Hertfordshire Network for Inclusion Health (HNfIH); both multidisciplinary, strategic groupings drawing on a wide range of expertise across the University and Foodnet a network for stakeholders in research, policy and practice in Hertfordshire and the East of England.

    Postgraduate students

    We supervise students studying a wide range of topics and are happy to talk to you about your research interests. Please contact Dr Lisa Whiting for more details.

    • Evie Bamigbade: An exploration of mealtime behaviours, family dynamics and the impact of selective eating (Supervisors: S Rogers, W Wills and A Ludlow)
    • Dawn Lukk: Socio-cultural factors influencing maternal nutrition in Arab Muslim women (Supervisors: W Wills and A Dickinson)
    • Qurrat Ul Ain: Patient and doctor perceptions of hypertension and its treatment: A qualitative study in urban hospitals of Pakistan (Supervisors: W Wills and A Dickinson)
    • Surinder Phull: A comparative study of conviviality and family mealtime experiences in Spain and the UK (Supervisors: W Wills and A Dickinson)
    • Jane McClinchy: The effectiveness of nutrition information for patients with type 2 diabetes (Supervisors: A Dickinson and W Wills)

    Get involved

    The Unit convenes FOODNet – a network for research, policy, public and practice stakeholders in Hertfordshire and the surrounding region. Please contact Professor Wendy Wills to join the mailing list.

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