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NGOs play an important role in advocating for food policies which support public health. However, while political theories attempts to explain policy change (or policy stability) in relation to the political process, a part of which includes advocacy, there is no good theoretical basis for advocacy itself, or a framework for measuring the impact and effectiveness of advocacy. Hannah's research aims to contribute to the knowledge base on advocacy with a specific focus on public health nutrition advocacy, as well as help guide civil society advocacy strategies to enable better protection of the public interest.
Through semi-structured interviews and document analysis Hannah will explore examples of public health advocacy taking place in the UK, by whom and with what impact. The research uses a series of case examples to underpin and explore these questions.
The research questions are:
What advocacy methods are being used by public health NGOs to address food and nutrition issues in the UK?
What conditions and factors support or hinder effective public health advocacy?
What are the measures of effectiveness of public health advocacy?
An overview of the context of this research and some the themes being explored can be found in the following publication of the Food Research Collaboration: Brinsden, H. and Lang, T., 2015, An introduction to public health advocacy: reflections on theory and practice. 12 October 2015. Food Research Collaboration Policy Brief.
- BSc, The University of Reading, United Kingdom, Sep 2006 – Jul 2009
- Head of Policy & Advocacy, World Obesity Federation, Aug 2015 – present
- Policy & Advocacy Researcher, World Obesity Federation, Sep 2012 – Aug 2015
- Nutritionist, Consensus Action on Salt & Health, Jun 2009 – Sep 2012