Dr Corinna Hawkes

Dr Corinna Hawkes

Honorary Research Fellow

Department of Sociology

Centre for Food Policy

E: c.hawkes@wcrf.org


Corinna HawkesDr Corinna Hawkes is currently the Head of Policy and Public Affairs for World Cancer Research Fund International.

Dr Hawkes has extensive experience and expertise in gathering and analysing information on food policies for diet and health. She was one of the pioneers in early efforts to gather information on food policies in the context of the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Since then, she has advanced the study and application of food policies to address obesity and NCDs in her work for the WHO, national governments, foundations and NGOs.

Between 2004 and 2008, Dr Hawkes was leader of the food policy and dietary change program at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC. Working at an international level throughout her career, she has regularly consulted for the WHO and provides advice to other international, regional and national bodies. In 2009-2010 she was a fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

She obtained her BSc Geography from University of Bristol and her PhD in Geography from Kings College, University of London, in 1998.

Research interests

Dr Hawkes has a particular interest in linking broader food system issues with diet and nutrition, such as through globalisation, agricultural policy and trade. A strong advocate of food systems approaches, she is interested in how the whole food supply chain can be levered for change through policy. She also has expertise in inter-sectoral approaches to policy development, particular between the agricultural and health sectors.

Dr Hawkes has published widely, and speaks regularly at international conferences, workshops and meetings. She was Chair and Co-Chair, respectively, of the WHO and PAHO committees that provided input on guidelines on food marketing to children. She is on the scientific advisory council of the International Obesity Taskforce.

Selected publications

Hawkes C. Food policies for healthy populations and healthy economies. BMJ. 2012 May 15;344:e2801

Hawkes C, Buse K. (2011). Public health sector and food industry interaction: it's time to clarify the term 'partnership' and be honest about underlying interests. European Journal of Public Health, August, 21, 4, 400-1

Hawkes C and Lobstein T (2011). Regulating the commercial promotion of food to children: a survey of actions worldwide. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6, 2, 83-94

Webster JL, Dunford EK, Hawkes C, Neal BC (2011). Salt reduction initiatives around the world. Journal of Hypertension, 29, 6, 1043-1050

Hawkes C, Ruel M (2010). Value Chains for Nutrition. Washington DC: IFPRI. http://www.ifpri.org/publication/value-chains-nutrition

Hawkes C (2010). Government and voluntary policies on nutrition labelling: a global overview. In: Albert J (editor). Innovations in Food Labelling. Woodhead Food Series No. 184. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Ltd

Hawkes C, Blouin C, Henson S, Drager N, Dubé L, eds (2010). Trade, Food, Diet and Health: Perspectives and Policy Options. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell

Hawkes C (2009). Identifying innovative interventions to promote healthy eating using consumption-oriented food supply chain analysis. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 4, 3/4, 336-356

Hawkes C (2008). Dietary implications of supermarket development: a global perspective. Development Policy Review, 26, 6, 657-692

Hawkes C, Ruel M, Babu S, eds (2007). Linkages between agriculture and health in science, policy, and practice. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 20, 2 (Suppl)

Hawkes C (2006). Uneven dietary development: linking the policies and processes of globalization with the nutrition transition, obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. Globalization and Health, 2, 4 http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/2/1/4