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LIDC-DTC Seminar Series: Approaches to Researching Malnutrition (Innovative Food Systems Teaching & Learning (IFSTAL) led seminar)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 15:30 to 17:00
LIDC, Upper Meeting Room (103), 36 Gordon Square
Sara Stevano (SOAS) and Pauline Scheelbeek (LSHTM)

IFSTAL is a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. IFSTAL addresses the urgent need for a workforce skilled in food systems thinking. Those engaging with IFSTAL will be better equipped to address the systemic failings in food systems which have resulted in about one billion people being hungry, two billion lacking sufficient nutrients, and over two billion overweight or obese; and significant environmental degradation. IFSTAL is led by the Food Research Programme at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and has core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). More information can be found on their website.

Dr Sara Stevano is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics at SOAS. She is currently doing research on food consumption patterns among schoolchildren in urban Ghana. She conducted her doctoral research on women’s work, food and household dynamics in northern Mozambique, with an interdisciplinary approach based on the use of economic and anthropological methods. After completing her PhD, Sara worked on a systematic review study of agriculture, gendered time use and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries. She is a development economist with research interests in the political economy of food and nutrition, agricultural and food systems, labour markets and informalisation, feminist political economy, and research methods. Sara’s work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, with specific research expertise on Mozambique and Ghana.

Dr Pauline Scheelbeek is trained as an epidemiologist and holds a PhD from Imperial College London in global environmental epidemiology. She worked as outbreak control epidemiologist for MSF and subsequently as (spatial) epidemiologist for the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam where she further developed her interests in health-environment interactions. Between 2015 - 2016 Pauline worked as post-doctoral researcher for Imperial College London and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment on salinity-induced cardiovascular disease modelling as well as impact assessments of reduced meat consumption on both population health and environmental sustainability. Pauline works - on a voluntary basis - as a statistical advisor for several NGOs based overseas, where she assists local researchers with proposal development, study designs, statistical analysis (plans) and manuscript writing.