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Professor Corinna Hawkes

Professor of Food Policy, Director, Centre for Food Policy

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Professor Corinna Hawkes is Director of the Centre for Food Policy and Chair of one of its leading initiatives, the Food Research Collaboration. She joined the Centre in January 2016 bringing with her a diversity of international experience at the interface between policy and research. She has worked with international agencies, governments, NGOs, think tanks and universities at the international level, as well as nationally and locally in the UK, United States and Brazil. A regular advisor to governments, international agencies and NGOs, her specialism is how policies throughout the food system can be developed, designed and delivered to effectively support people eating healthier diets.

Corinna serves as Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe. She sits on the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, the Lancet Commission on Obesity and the London Food Board. She is Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Agriculture and Food Security and a Member of the Science Advisory Group, Global Food Security programme of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the UK. She is on the Scientific Advisory Council of Healthy Food America and the Advisory Group of The Food Foundation. Corinna is part of the Evaluation Advisory Committee convened by the University of North Carolina to advise on the evaluations of policies to improve diets in Latin America. In 2008 she chaired the WHO Expert Group on Marketing Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages to Children and in 2010 was co-chair of the Pan American Health Organizations Expert Group on Food Marketing to children.

Corinna has worked for the World Health Organization (Geneva), the International Food Policy Research Institute (Washington DC) and in 2009-2010, held a fellowship at the School of Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Between 2012 and 2015 she was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Policy Framework for healthy diets and obesity. Consultancy clients have included the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the World Bank and the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition.

Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, Corinna has published widely on food policy from farm to fork and the link with diets and nutrition, including on the policies and processes of globalization, trade policy, agriculture policies, nutrition labelling and policies on food marketing to children.

Corinna has a PhD in Geography from Kings College London (1998) and a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol (1993).



  1. Hawkes, C., Blouin, C., Henson, S., Drager, N. and Dubé, L. (2009). Trade, Food, Diet and Health Perspectives and Policy Options. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-4443-1540-0.

Chapters (8)

  1. Gelli, A., Hawkes, C. and Donovan, J. (2016). Food value chains and nutrition: Exploring the opportunities for improving nutrition. Routledge Handbook of Food and Nutrition Security (pp. 283–298). ISBN 978-1-317-59624-0.
  2. Hawkes, C. (2016). Global Efforts to Address Obesity. In Brownell, K.D. and Walsh, B.T. (Eds.), Eating Disorders and Obesity: a Comprehensive Handbook New York: Guilford Publications.
  3. Hawkes, C., Grace, D. and Thow, A.M. (2015). Trade liberalization, food, nutrition and health. In Smith, R., Blouin, C., Mirza, Z., Beyer, P. and Drager, N. (Eds.), Trade and health: Towards building a national strategy. (pp. 92–116). Geneva: World Health Organization. ISBN 978-92-4-156503-5.
  4. Hawkes, C. and Sassi, F. (2015). Improving the quality of nutrition. In McDaid, D., Sassi, F. and Merkur, S. (Eds.), PROMOTING HEALTH, PREVENTING DISEASE: THE ECONOMIC CASE (pp. 135–168). Maidenhead: Open University Press. ISBN 978-0-335-26226-7.
  5. Hawkes, C. (2014). Food marketing: a driver of the modern food system. In Neff, R. (Ed.), Introduction to the US Food System Public Health, Environment, and Equity (pp. 237–262). New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-118-06338-5.
  6. Hawkes, C. and Ruel, M. (2012). Value chains for nutrition. In Fan, S. and Pandya-Lorch, R. (Eds.), Reshaping agriculture for nutrition and health Washington DC: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). ISBN 978-0-89629-673-2.
  7. Arimond, M., Hawkes, C., Ruel, M.T., Sifri, Z., Berti, P.R., Leroy, J.L. … Frongillo, E.A. (2010). Agricultural interventions and nutrition: Lessons from the past and new evidence. Combating Micronutrient Deficiencies: Food-based Approaches (pp. 41–75). ISBN 978-1-84593-714-0.
  8. Hawkes, C., Chopra, M. and Friel, S. (2009). Globalization, trade, and the nutrition transition. Globalization and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (pp. 235–262). ISBN 0-203-88102-8.

Conference paper/proceedings


Journal articles (52)

  1. Morgan, E.H., Hawkes, C., Dangour, A.D. and Lock, K. (2018). Analyzing food value chains for nutrition goals. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition pp. 1–19. doi:10.1080/19320248.2018.1434106.
  2. Hawkes, C. (2017). Principles behind evaluations of national food and beverage taxes and other regulatory efforts. Obesity Reviews, 18(11), pp. 1374–1375. doi:10.1111/obr.12594.
  3. Hawkes, C., Demaio, A.R. and Branca, F. (2017). Double-duty actions for ending malnutrition within a decade. The Lancet Global Health, 5(8). doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30204-8.
  4. Thow, A.M., Jones, A., Hawkes, C., Ali, I. and Labonté, R. (2017). Nutrition labelling is a trade policy issue: lessons from an analysis of specific trade concerns at the World Trade Organization. Health promotion international. doi:10.1093/heapro/daw109.
  5. Haddad, L., Hawkes, C., Webb, P., Thomas, S., Beddington, J., Waage, J. … Flynn, D. (2016). A new global research agenda for food. Nature, 540(7631), pp. 30–32. doi:10.1038/540030a.
  6. Hawkes, C., Brazil, B.G., Ribiero de Castro, I.R. and Jaime, P.C. (2016). How to engage across sectors: lessons from agriculture and nutrition in the Brazilian School Feeding Program. Revista de saude publica, 50, pp. 47–47. doi:10.1590/S1518-8787.2016050006506.
  7. Kraak, V.I., Vandevijvere, S., Sacks, G., Brinsden, H., Hawkes, C., Barquera, S. … Swinburn, B.A. (2016). Progress achieved in restricting the marketing of high-fat, sugary and salty food and beverage products to children. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 94(7), pp. 540–548. doi:10.2471/BLT.15.158667.
  8. Kraak, V., Vandevijvere, S., Sacks, G., Brinsden, H., Hawkes, C., Barquera, S. … Swinburn, S. (2016). Restricting the marketing of high-fat, sugary and salty food and beverage products to children: progress achieved by the World Health Organization, Member States and other actors. Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, 94(7), pp. 540–548.
  9. Popkin, B.M. and Hawkes, C. (2016). Sweetening of the global diet, particularly beverages: Patterns, trends, and policy responses. The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, 4(2), pp. 174–186. doi:10.1016/S2213-8587(15)00419-2.
  10. Hawkes, C., Haddad, L. and Udomkesmalee, E. (2015). The Global Nutrition Report 2015: what we need to do to advance progress in addressing malnutrition in all its forms. Public health nutrition, 18(17), pp. 3067–3069. doi:10.1017/S1368980015003158.
  11. Anand, S.S., Hawkes, C., de Souza, R.J., Mente, A., Dehghan, M., Nugent, R. … Popkin, B.M. (2015). Food Consumption and its Impact on Cardiovascular Disease: Importance of Solutions Focused on the Globalized Food System A Report From the Workshop Convened by the World Heart Federation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY, 66(14), pp. 1590–1614. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2015.07.050.
  12. Trieu, K., Neal, B., Hawkes, C., Dunford, E., Campbell, N., Rodriguez-Fernandez, R. … Webster, J. (2015). Salt Reduction Initiatives around the World – A Systematic Review of Progress towards the Global Target. PLOS ONE, 10(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130247.
  13. Hawkes, C. and Popkin, B.M. (2015). Can the sustainable development goals reduce the burden of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases without truly addressing major food system reforms? BMC Medicine, 13(1). doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0383-7.
  14. Roberto, C.A., Swinburn, B., Hawkes, C., Huang, T.T.K., Costa, S.A., Ashe, M. … Brownell, K.D. (2015). Patchy progress on obesity prevention: Emerging examples, entrenched barriers, and new thinking. The Lancet, 385(9985), pp. 2400–2409. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61744-X.
  15. Hawkes, C., Smith, T.G., Jewell, J., Wardle, J., Hammond, R.A., Friel, S. … Kain, J. (2015). Smart food policies for obesity prevention. The Lancet, 385(9985), pp. 2410–2421. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61745-1.
  16. Hawkes, C., Ahern, A.L. and Jebb, S.A. (2014). A stakeholder analysis of the perceived outcomes of developing and implementing England’s obesity strategy 2008–2011. BMC Public Health, 14(1). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-441.
  17. Webster, J., Trieu, K., Dunford, E. and Hawkes, C. (2014). Target Salt 2025: A Global Overview of National Programs to Encourage the Food Industry to Reduce Salt in Foods. Nutrients, 6(8), pp. 3274–3287. doi:10.3390/nu6083274.
  18. Lloyd-Williams, F., Bromley, H., Orton, L., Hawkes, C., Taylor-Robinson, D., O'Flaherty, M. … Capewell, S. (2014). Smorgasbord or symphony? Assessing public health nutrition policies across 30 European countries using a novel framework. BMC Public Health, 14(1). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-1195.
  19. Shankar, B. and Hawkes, C. (2013). India has a problem with palm oil: A substantial tax could be part of the solution. BMJ (Online), 347. doi:10.1136/bmj.f6065.
  20. Hawkes, C., Jewell, J. and Allen, K. (2013). A food policy package for healthy diets and the prevention of obesity and diet-related non-communicable diseases: The NOURISHING framework. Obesity Reviews, 14(S2), pp. 159–168. doi:10.1111/obr.12098.
  21. Jebb, S.A., Aveyard, P.N. and Hawkes, C. (2013). The evolution of policy and actions to tackle obesity in England. Obesity Reviews, 14, pp. 42–59. doi:10.1111/obr.12093.
  22. Swinburn, B., Sacks, G., Vandevijvere, S., Kumanyika, S., Lobstein, T., Neal, B. … Walker, C. (2013). INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support): Overview and key principles. Obesity Reviews, 14(S1), pp. 1–12. doi:10.1111/obr.12087.
  23. Swinburn, B., Vandevijvere, S., Kraak, V., Sacks, G., Snowdon, W., Hawkes, C. … Walker, C. (2013). Monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments: A proposed government healthy food environment policy index. Obesity Reviews, 14(S1), pp. 24–37. doi:10.1111/obr.12073.
  24. Kelly, B., King, L., Baur, L., Rayner, M., Lobstein, T., Monteiro, C. … Walker, C. (2013). Monitoring food and non-alcoholic beverage promotions to children. Obesity Reviews, 14(S1), pp. 59–69. doi:10.1111/obr.12076.
  25. Turner, R., Hawkes, C., Waage, J., Ferguson, E., Haseen, F., Homans, H. … Shankar, B. (2013). Agriculture for improved nutrition: The current research landscape. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 34(4), pp. 369–377. doi:10.1177/156482651303400401.
  26. Thow, A.M. and Hawkes, C. (2013). Global sugar guidelines: An opportunity to strengthen nutrition policy. Public Health Nutrition, 17(10), pp. 2151–2155. doi:10.1017/S1368980014001840.
  27. Hawkes, C., THOW, A.M., DOWNS, S., LING, A.L., GHOSH-JERATH, S., SNOWDON, W. … JEWELL, J.M. (2013). Identifying effective food systems solutions for nutrition and non-communicable diseases: examples from the fats supply chain. SCN News, 40, pp. 39–47.
  28. Hawkes, C. and Webster, J. (2012). National Approaches to Monitoring Population Salt Intake: A Trade-Off between Accuracy and Practicality? PLoS ONE, 7(10). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046727.
  29. Igumbor, E.U., Sanders, D., Puoane, T.R., Tsolekile, L., Schwarz, C., Purdy, C. … Hawkes, C. (2012). "Big Food," the Consumer Food Environment, Health, and the Policy Response in South Africa. PLOS MEDICINE, 9(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001253.
  30. Hawkes, C., Friel, S., Lobstein, T. and Lang, T. (2012). Linking agricultural policies with obesity and noncommunicable diseases: A new perspective for a globalising world. Food Policy, 37(3), pp. 343–353. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.02.011.
  31. Hawkes, C. (2012). Food policies for healthy populations and healthy economies. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 344. doi:10.1136/bmj.e2801.
  32. Clark, S.E., Hawkes, C., Murphy, S.M.E., Hansen-Kuhn, K.A. and Wallinga, D. (2012). Exporting obesity: US farm and trade policy and the transformation of the Mexican consumer food environment. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 18(1), pp. 53–64. doi:10.1179/1077352512Z.0000000007.
  33. Hawkes, C. (2012). Food taxes: what type of evidence is available to inform policy development? Nutrition Bulletin, 37(1), pp. 51–56. doi:10.1111/j.1467-3010.2011.01949.x.
  34. Hawkes, C. and Harris, J.L. (2011). An analysis of the content of food industry pledges on marketing to children. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 14(8), pp. 1403–1414. doi:10.1017/S1368980011000607.
  35. Hawkes, C. and 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, 21(4), pp. 400–401. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckr077.
  36. Hawkes, C. (2010). The Worldwide Battle Against Soft Drinks in Schools. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, 38(4), pp. 457–461. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2010.01.011.
  37. Ruel, M.T., Garrett, J.L., Hawkes, C. and Cohen, M.J. (2010). The food, fuel, and financial crises affect the urban and rural poor disproportionately: A review of the evidence. Journal of Nutrition, 140(1). doi:10.3945/jn.109.110791.
  38. Thow, A.M. and Hawkes, C. (2009). The implications of trade liberalization for diet and health: A case study from Central America. Globalization and Health, 5. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-5-5.
  39. Hawkes, C. (2009). Sales promotions and food consumption. NUTRITION REVIEWS, 67(6), pp. 333–342. doi:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00206.x.
  40. Hawkes, C. (2008). Agro-food industry growth and obesity in China: What role for regulating food advertising and promotion and nutrition labelling? Obesity Reviews, 9(SUPPL. 1), pp. 151–161. doi:10.1111/j.1467-789X.2007.00458.x.
  41. Hawkes, C. and Thow, A.M. (2008). Implications of the central america-dominican republic-free trade agreement for the nutrition transition in Central America. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health, 24(5), pp. 345–360. doi:10.1590/S1020-49892008001100007.
  42. Hawkes, C., Ruel, M. and Babu, S. (2007). Agriculture and health: overview, themes, and moving forward. Food Nutr Bull, 28(2 Suppl). doi:10.1177/15648265070282S201.
  43. Hawkes, C., Ruel, M. and Babu, S. (2007). Agriculture and health: Overview, themes, and moving forward. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 28(2 SUPPL.).
  44. Hawkes, C. (2007). Promoting healthy diets and tackling obesity and diet-related chronic diseases: what are the agricultural policy levers? Food and nutrition bulletin, 28(2 Suppl). doi:10.1177/15648265070282s210.
  45. Hawkes, C. (2007). Regulating and litigating in the public interest. Regulating food marketing to young people worldwide: Trends and policy drivers. American Journal of Public Health, 97(11), pp. 1962–1973. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2006.101162.
  46. Rayner, G., Hawkes, C., Lang, T. and Bello, W. (2006). Trade liberalization and the diet transition: a public health response. Health promotion international, 21 Suppl 1, pp. 67–74. doi:10.1093/heapro/dal053.
  47. Hawkes, C. and Ruel, M. (2006). The links between agriculture and health: an intersectoral opportunity to improve the health and livelihoods of the poor. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 84(12), pp. 984–990. doi:10.2471/BLT.05.025650.
  48. Hawkes, C. (2006). Agricultural and food policy for cardiovascular health in Latin America. Prevention and Control, 2(3), pp. 137–147. doi:10.1016/j.precon.2007.04.002.
  49. 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. doi:10.1186/1744-8603-2-4.
  50. Hawkes, C. (2005). The role of foreign direct investment in the nutrition transition. Public Health Nutrition, 8(4), pp. 357–365. doi:10.1079/PHN2004706.
  51. Hawkes, C. (2005). Self-regulation of food advertising: What it can, could and cannot do to discourage unhealthy eating habits among children. Nutrition Bulletin, 30(4), pp. 374–382. doi:10.1111/j.1467-3010.2005.00526.x.
  52. Hawkes, C., Jaime, P.C., Rugani, I.C. and Brasil, B.G. Lessons on leveraging agriculture for nutrition from the Brazilian school meal program. Revista de Saúde Pública.

Reports (6)

  1. Hawkes, C. and Fanzo, J. (2017). Nourishing the SDGs: Global Nutrition Report 2017. Bristol, UK: Development Initiatives Poverty Research Ltd.
  2. Hawkes, C. and Halliday, J. (2017). WHAT MAKES URBAN FOOD POLICY HAPPEN? Insights from five case studies. Brussels: International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
  3. Haddad, L., Hawkes, C., Waage, J., Webb, P., Godfray, C. and Toulmin, C. (2016). Food systems and diets: Facing the challenges of the 21st century. London, UK. London: Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. ISBN 978-0-9956228-0-7.
  4. Hawkes, C. (2015). Enhancing Coherence between Trade Policy and Nutrition Action. Geneva: United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition.
  5. Hawkes, C. (2015). Nutrition in the trade and food security nexus. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  6. Hawkes, C. (2015). Diet, Chronic Disease And The Food System: Making The Links, Pushing For Change. Global Alliance for the Future of Food.