Current work and interests
Hannah is interested in researching ways to regulate the commercial food system to improve human and planetary health. She is currently conducting qualitative research to prepare for new UK restrictions on TV food advertising and online food marketing. Her research will involve developing a concept map and completing baseline qualitative interviews with a variety of stakeholders from industry, academia, and civil society groups.
Background and experience
Hannah pursued her undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, following which she spent three years working in market and social research in both London and Edinburgh. During this time, she developed an interest in public policy and interventions specifically relating to physical activity and diet, which prompted her completion of a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health at the University of Bristol. Her Master’s thesis explored the reception of sugar reduction interventions.
Prior to her current role, Hannah was a PhD student at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), co-funded by Public Health England (PHE) and the University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Her PhD research examined changes in soft drinks marketing in response to the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. She also completed an internship at the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, which was funded by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.