B2 Food systems and nutrition-related diseases

SP B2 analyzes relationships between food systems and people’s nutrition and health from a global perspective. We will examine the effects of food systems, food system changes, and other socioeconomic and demographic factors on undernutrition (stunting, wasting, underweight, anemia), overweight/obesity, and cardiometabolic diseases. We will further analyze interactions and the common space between food systems and health systems. Starting with a conceptual framework, we will use simulation methods to evaluate effects of policy-induced changes in food systems on diets and NCDs. Finally, we will investigate the potential role of food-borne toxins in contributing to non-communicable disease burden.

Possible dissertation topics:

  • Food systems drivers of malnutrition and nutrition-related diseases: A global perspective
  • Harnessing synergies between food systems and health systems to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases
  • Food-borne toxins and the risk of non-communicable diseases: A food systems perspective

  • Leading PI:
    Sebastian Vollmer

    Doctoral researcher of the first cohort:
    Jonas Stehl