Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow
Current work and interests
Miriam Alvarado is investigating the mechanisms through which sugar sweetened beverage tax policies operate, how these vary by design and contextual factors, and which policy designs in which contexts have the biggest impacts on health.
Background and experience
Miriam has a background in Economics and International Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) focused on health metrics from the University of Washington, Seattle. Miriam was a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, and worked on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 as well as social determinants of health. Miriam was a Fulbright Scholar and conducted research on gendered physical activity in Barbados. Prior to joining CEDAR, Miriam was working with the University of the West Indies on physical activity promotion, regional health inequalities and chronic disease prevention.
In 2020 she completed a Gates Cambridge funded PhD with the Population Health Interventions programme. Her research focus was an evaluation of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax implemented in Barbados in 2015, supervised by Dr Jean Adams and Professor Nigel Unwin. Following her PhD she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter.