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  Towards effective healthier Digital Food Environments: Exploring the roles of consumers, practitioners and industry.

   Faculty of Environment

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  Dr Sally Moore  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Digital food environments, including supermarket websites, are policy targets for change to support population health (1). Aspects of these food environments which may support healthier diets include the provision of front-of-pack nutrition labelling (i.e. traffic lights) (2), and nutrition-related product information management tools (i.e. "filters") (3). In addition, new UK Regulations now restrict promotions on less-healthy “high fat sugar salt” products (HFSS) online (4). This project will explore these features to ask the following questions; (i) To what extent can these features be expected to impact on consumers’ actual digital food choices? And (ii) What are the roles for the industry and health practitioners in supporting consumers? 

This PhD project will produce outputs to address the questions above, with anticipated impact via influence on UK nutrition policy, consumers, and nutrition professional organisations. 

Research into food environments which is intended to help people to find, choose and eat a healthier and more sustainable diet is more important than ever. The UK now faces unprecedented levels of obesity and a cost of living crisis. Many people are consuming excessive levels of salt, saturated fat and sugars (5).

Food Sciences (15) Medicine (26)

Funding Notes

For UK applicants there are some funding possibilities (deadlines associated with each funding source are indicated in the links below):
-- The Leeds Doctoral Scholarship scheme applications:
-- The Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarships applications:
-- For Leeds University Alumni: Alumni Bursary is available to graduates of the University of Leeds


1. World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe (2021) Digital Food Environments.
2. Moore S. G., and Benn Y. 2022 Chapter 13 Nutrition labelling information products and menus. In Transforming food environments (Evans, C Ed.). CRC Press
3. Body K., and Moore S.G., (2022). Availability and Accuracy of Nutritionally Relevant Interactive Information Management Tools (IIMTs) in UK Supermarket Websites. IUNS Conference Japan.
4. Wallis L., and Moore S.G. (2022). Prevalence and labelling characteristics of high fat sugar salt (HFSS) products in multibuy and entrance promotions in three UK supermarkets. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 81 (OCE5), E221.
5. Department of Health and Social Care, UK Government (2020). Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives. Available from:

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