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Our CoRE Team


Professor Stanley Ulijaszek

Director | Anthropology

Professor Stanley Ulijasezek is Professor of Human Ecology within the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. His research interests include patterns of human growth and development as markers of well-being, the relationships between nutrition and reproduction in tropical seasonal environments, and the effects of economic modernisation on nutritional health. He has carried out research in India, Nepal, Sarawak, Bangladesh and the Cook Islands, and maintains ongoing research in Papua New Guinea and Poland.


Dr. Karin Eli

Deputy Director | Anthropology

Dr Karin Eli is a Senior Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School, where her work focuses on clinical decision making in critical care. She is also a Research Associate at the SOAS Food Studies Centre and at the University of Oxford’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, where she continues her long-standing research on eating disorders and childhood obesity, with particular focus on Israel, the UK, the US, and Sweden. Karin approaches eating disorders and obesity as multi-level biocultural conditions, and studies them on the micro-scale of narrative and lived experience as well as the macro-scale of policy and socioeconomic structures. She collaborates extensively across disciplines, and has published in numerous anthropological, clinical, and interdisciplinary journals.


Dr. Caroline Potter

Deputy Director | Medical Anthropology and Population Health

Dr Caroline Potter is a medical anthropologist based at the Health Services Research Unit within the Nuffield Department of Population Health. Within UBVO Caroline has analysed national UK birth cohort data to explore the historical onset of obesity across the life course. She is currently researching the potential use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for managing long-term health conditions including diabetes and other illnesses associated with obesity.


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Professor Mike Rayner

Public Health 

Professor Mike Rayner is Director of the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, which he founded in 1994. From 1986 to 1993 he was Senior Research Officer for the Coronary Prevention Group – at the time the leading national voluntary organisation concerned with the prevention of coronary heart disease – and he is currently Chair of the Nutrition Expert Group of the European Heart Network. His research focuses on the development of public interventions to improve diet and activity levels in the UK, with particular emphasis on food labelling, food pricing, and the marketing of foods to children.


Professor Harry Rutter

Public Health 

Dr Harry Rutter is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Bath. He was the founding Director of the National Obesity Observatory 2007-2011, and remains its strategic and scientific advisor. He led the establishment of the Department of Health National Child Measurement Programme, and was a core contributor to the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool for Walking and Cycling. He has a broad interest in the relationships between transport, the built environment and health, in particular the health impacts of walking and cycling.

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Professor Tim Key


Professor Tim Key is the Deputy Unit Director for Oxford’s Cancer Research UK Epidemiology Unit. His main interests are the roles of diet and hormones in the aetiology of cancer, particularly cancers of the breast, prostate and colon. He is the principal investigator for EPIC-Oxford and the chairman of the EPIC prostate cancer working group. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition.


Dr. Frederick Karpe

Metabolic Medicine

Fredrik Karpe is Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Oxford, and Director of Oxford BioBank. His research is directed at understanding human adipose tissue function and the effects of obesity on metabolism. The links between body fat distribution (across the upper and lower body) and diabetes and cardiovascular disease are of especial interest. His research group is working on clarifying the nature and extent of protection that lower body adipose tissue confers against these chronic diseases, especially the detrimental role of adipose tissue around the abdomen, by studying these tissues at both cellular and whole body level.

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Professor Avner Offer 


Professor Avner Offer is former Chichele Professor of Economic History and Fellow of All Souls College and the British Academy. Over the past decade his main interest has been in post-war economic growth, particularly in affluent societies, and the challenges that this affluence presents to well-being. His recent book The Challenge of Affluence: Self-control and Well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950 applies a dynamic framework of myopic choice to explain emergent social trends, including obesity, within these two countries.


Professor Kim McPherson

Public Health Epidemiology

Klim McPherson is Visiting Professor of Public Health Epidemiology, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His research focuses on epidemiology, health interventions, public health and women’s health. He was co-author of the Foresight Report on Tackling Obesities. He chairs the National Heart Forum, which aims to prevent premature death from heart disease, and is a former chair of the British Breast Group, the European Public Health Association and the Society for Social Medicine.


Dr. Michelle Pentecost

Medical Anthropology

Michelle Pentecost is a physician-anthropologist working at the intersections of medicine, public health, anthropology, and medical education. She is Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Kings College London. Her anthropological research sits at the intersections of medical anthropology and science and technology studies within anthropology’s growing corpus of critical studies of global health, including critical analysis of ‘the first thousand days’ approaches to childhood health and nutrition.


Dr. Emma-Jayne Abbots


Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is a political and economic anthropologist whose research centres on the cultural politics and practices of consumption and the exchange of ‘things’, especially in relation to food and eating.

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Professor Emma Rich


The research of Professor Emma Rich, University of Bath,  focusses on critical pedagogies of health and physical activity;  advancing theoretical frameworks to understand how people learn about health and their bodies (pedagogical processes) and the impact this has on their identities, health practices, and physical activity. Her work includes advancing novel theoretical approaches to understanding health.   Rather than focusing purely on sport, her articulations of the physically active body consider its socio-cultural constitution across a myriad of sites and practices.  She explore the contemporary practices, discourses and subjectivities through which active bodies are governed, regulated and experienced in contemporary society, and draws on recent theorisations of education and expressions of social action to challenge social inequalities of health and physical cultures. The practical application of these theories is providing novel, qualitative evidence shaping physical activity and health debates and informing related policies and practices.


Dr. Annamaria Carusi

Science and Technology Studies

Dr Annamaria Carusi is Reader in Medical Humanities, Honorary Reader in Philosophy, University of Sheffield, and Co-Director of Medical Humanities Sheffield. Her research combines philosophical and sociological perspectives on science and technology, and she has a particular interest in the development of advanced computational techniques and artificial intelligence in medical life sciences and in the social sciences. Her research has focused on the epistemology of modelling, simulation and visualisation, the phenomenology of scientific imaging and visualising, and ethical aspects of computational social science.


Dr. Charlie Foster

Public Health 

Dr Charlie Foster is Reader in Physical Activity and Public Health at the University of Bristol. His research includes systematic reviews and meta-analysis, the epidemiology of physical activity and health outcomes, behaviour and surveillance, as well as the development of physical activity measurement procedures. He is also interested in the economic burden of physical activity, physical activity in relation to the environment, physical activity policy, and physical activity trials and interventions.

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Professor Devi Sridhar

Global Public Health 

Devi Sridhar is Professor and Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Her research considers the effectiveness of public health interventions and how to improve developmental assistance for health. She is Founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.


Professor Amandine Garde


Professor Amandine Garde is Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on the role which legal instruments can play in promoting healthier lifestyles, thus contributing to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases at global, regional and national level. She is a qualified solicitor having trained at Simmons & Simmons in their London and Paris offices, and has lectured at King’s College London, at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge (where she was a Fellow of Selwyn College), at the University of Exeter, and at the University of Durham.


Professor Michèle Belot


Professor Michèle Belot is Professor of Economics at the University of Edinburgh. Her work is mainly empirical and in the area of behavioural and labour economics. Current projects are related to habitual behavioural (particularly in the context of diet), bounded memory and counterproductive behaviour in the workplace. Her work is based on various types of data; from traditional surveys to non-standard field data and data collected through controlled experiments in the laboratory.


Dr. Marius Kwint

Cultural History

Dr Marius Kwint is Reader in the School of Art, Design and Media at the University of Portsmouth. He is a cultural historian and keen amateur athlete who has published research on topics including the circus, the souvenir, and scientific imaging. He is particularly interested in the visualization of energy flow through human performance and also by objective, scientific methods.


Dr. Amy McLennan 

Anthropology and Policy

Dr Amy McLennan is a Research Fellow at the 3A Institute of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. She is an experienced senior policy analyst, having previously worked in the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the South Australian Department of Health. She recent experience with Australian design consultance ThinkPlace Global. Her research includes fieldwork on obesity and non-communicable diseases in the Pacific Islands,  and collaborative projects which focus on food, health policy, loneliness, non-communicable diseases, digital health and anatomical sciences.

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Professor Paulina Nowicka 

Food Studies

Paulina Nowicka is Professor of Food Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, especially Communication of Dietetics, at Uppsala University. Working across the medical and the social sciences, the projects she leads investigate how lifestyle patterns develop across generations what type of childhood obesity interventions are effective in clinical settings and how to promote communication about obesity that validates the experiences of people and communities. Her research is inspired by experiences at the Childhood Obesity Unit at the Pediatric Hospital in Malmö, Sweden, where she worked for almost a decade as a clinician. She has served on many expert committees and boards such as Childhood Obesity Task Force of the European Association for the Study on Obesity (EASO), European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) and Swedish Association for the Study on Obesity (SFO).

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Professor Kaushik Bose


Professor Kaushik Bose is Head of the Department of Anthropology at Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India. His work has focused on chronic disease risk among South Asians, initially in the United Kingdom and subsequently in his native West Bengal. He has researched obesity in India since 2001, showing that it is of increasing concern not only for the urban middle classes, but also for rural populations.

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Dr. Tess Bird

Medical and Visual Anthropology

Dr Tess Bird is a medical and visual anthropologist interested in uncertainty, wellbeing and happiness, futures making, obesity and nutrition, and the material culture of the home. As a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Writing in the Social Sciences at Wesleyan University, she is developing writing and teaching tools for the social sciences that draw from her research and practice with uncertainty.

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Professor Slawomir Koziel 

Biological Anthropology

Dr Slawomir Koziel is Director, Polish Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Unit in Wroclaw. A biological anthropologist, his work involves mathematical modelling and statistical analysis of large anthropometric datasets, particularly with respect to changing patterns of physical growth and development of children and emergence of obesity  across periods of socio-political and economic change.

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Professor John Komlos


Professor John Komlos is Visiting Professor of Economics, Duke University, and formerly Professor of Economics at the University of Munich. He was instrumental in the emergence of anthropometric history, the study of the effect of economic development on human biological outcomes, including obesity. He is Founding Editor of the journal Economics and Human Biology.

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Dr. Tanja Schneider

Sociology and Marketing Practices

Tanja Schneider is Permanent Lecturer in sociology at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Her research interests focus on Science and Technology Studies, the Sociology of Consumption and the Sociology and Anthropology of Food.

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Dr. Zofia Boni

Sociology and Social Anthropology

Dr Zofia Boni is Assistant Professor in the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. Her  work has focused on children, food and eating in children in Poland, and has more recently turned to the study of the social dynamics of childhood obesity there.


Professor Megan Warin

Social Anthropology

Megan Warin is a social anthropologist and Professor in the School of Social  Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia. Her teaching and research interests coalesce around the gendering of health and illness, the embodiment of food and memory, public understanding of scientific paradigms of obesity, and social theories.

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Dr. Anne Katrine Kleberg Hansen


Dr. Kleberg Hansen, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Copenhagen, is an historian whose research involves exploring concepts and perceptions of fatness in Western European medicine between 1700 and 1900. Within this, she examines how both historians and contemporary scientists rely on historical narratives when making sense of the notion of an epidemic of fat bodies in present-day society.


Dr. Steve Allender

Public Health

Professor Steve Allender, Deakin University, Australia, has an ongoing program of research on the burden of disease and obesity prevention. Recent work has seen a particular interest in the emerging burden of chronic disease in developing countries and the possibilities for using complex systems methodologies in community based interventions. Further work is in the development and understanding of community based approaches to chronic disease prevention. He is Deputy Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University and a member of the Oxford Health Alliance, University of Oxford.

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Professor Maciej Henneberg

Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy

Professor Maciej Henneberg is the Wood Jones Professor of Anthropological and Comparative Anatomy at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, where he is Head of the Department of Anatomical Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Comparative Human Biology, HOMO, and heads the Biological Anthropology and Comparative Anatomy Research Unit (BACARU) at teh University of Adelaide.


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Dr. Tenna Jensen


Dr Tenna Jensen is Associate professor in historical/ethnological research on health and ageing at the Copenhagen Center for Health Research in the Humanities ( is a research center at the SAXO-Institute that unites several projects working with cultural analytical and historical perspectives on health, the body and ageing.

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Professor Stella Bruzzi

Film and Television Studies

Professor Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick. She is working on a major new project, APPROXIMATION: Documentary, History and Staging Reality, which examines and analyses the current cultural interest in alternative ways of representing factual events since ‘9/11’ and the impact of digital technology on documentary, history and memory. She is an advisor to the UBVO project on obesity, eating disorders and the media.

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Dr. Daniel Schwekendiek

Social and Economic History

Dr Daniel Schwekendiek is a social and economic historian with a specific interest in using anthropometry and biological anthropology as indicators of malnutrition, obesity, public health and historical welfare. He is Associate Professor, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea.


Dr. Anna Lavis

Medical Anthropology

Dr Anna Lavis is a Medical Anthropologist working as a Research Fellow on the SUPEREDEN Project in the School of Health and Population Sciences at the University of Birmingham. This explores young people’s experiences of a first episode of psychosis and of its treatment in England. With a shared interest in individuals’ subjectivities of mental illness, Anna’s doctoral thesis drew on ethnographic fieldwork in an English eating disorders inpatient unit and on pro-anorexia websites to investigate pro-anorexia, a desire to maintain their illness amongst anorexics. Leading to a thesis entitled “The Boundaries of a Good Anorexic: Exploring Pro-Anorexia on the Internet and in the Clinic”, this research was undertaken at Goldsmiths, University of London. It was funded by the ESRC and won a 2010 Radcliffe-Brown Sutasoma award from the Royal Anthropological Institute. As a Research Associate in the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity, Anna is primarily collaborating on the project currently exploring obesity, eating disorders and the media.


Professor Helene Shugart


Professor Helene Shugart is Professor of Communication at the University of Utah. She has conducted extensive research into the ways that the media frame obesity at both the level of the population and the individual.


Professor Stephen Oppenheimer

Human Evolution and Genetics

Professor Stephen Oppenheimer is a member of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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