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Drivers of malnutrition in women, infants and young children in Peru SSEHS/ER

   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

  Dr E Rousham  Friday, March 31, 2023  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The global population is experiencing increasing rates of malnutrition with multiple forms (anaemia, stunting, overweight/obesity) coexisting in many populations. Changes in diet, and the accompanying increases in overweight and obesity prevalence in early life, are leading to increased risks of diet-related non-communicable disease in later life.

This doctoral research project will investigate drivers of malnutrition among mothers and infants and young children (aged 6-23 months) in peri-urban areas of Peru using mixed methods. Peru has shown great progress in reducing stunting over the last 20 years, but rates of anaemia in women and young children remain high and overweight and obesity rates are increasing rapidly.

This doctoral research project will build on an MRC funded project which used interdisciplinary methods to identify ways to improve nutrition of infants during the complementary feeding period (aged 6-23 months). The project can draw on existing qualitative interviews and quantitative survey data relating to mother and infant diet and nutritional intakes, caregiver infant feeding practices and household environmental influences on complementary feeding as well as the uptake and use of community health centre services on infant growth monitoring and nutritional counselling. The research aligns with global priorities in nutrition to combat multiple forms of malnutrition and promote healthier, sustainable and affordable diets.

The project is an exciting opportunity to work on maternal and infant nutrition and global health supervised by Professor Emily Rousham alongside leading UK and Peruvian investigators with multidisciplinary expertise. We have a thriving research group in Global Health within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Through our Doctoral College there are continual opportunities for building important research skills and networks among your peers and research academics.


Primary supervisor: Prof Emily Rousham

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in nutrition, health sciences, public health, or a related subject. A master’s degree in a relevant subject will be an advantage.

Research experience in nutrition and quantitative data analysis with knowledge of Spanish language is desirable. Experience of statistical software packages, data management and excellent writing skills are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently and as part of a team including international collaborators.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SSEHS/ER in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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