Behavioural scientist focused on healthier, sustainable and equitable food purchasing and consumption
I lead the Food Purchasing theme in the Sustainable Healthy Food Group. My research interests include exploring the effectiveness of different interventions that alter aspects of the physical micro-environment (also known as 'choice architecture' or nudges) to improve the healthiness and sustainability of diets. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying the impact of such interventions, and their potential impact on health inequalities.
I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust & Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, which aims to establish the extent to which evidence from interventions to support healthier diets can inform interventions to create urgently needed sustainable diets. Evidence from interventions targeting unhealthy diets could help quickly narrow down our choice of interventions to increase sustainable food selections. However, we need to ensure that the effectiveness of interventions does not change when targeting sustainability. We also want to identify interventions that work for those in all socioeconomic positions, so these do not increase inequalities.
The impact of price promotions on confectionery and snacks on the energy content of shopping baskets: A randomised controlled trial in an experimental online supermarket
Luick M. et al, (2023), Appetite, 186
The impact of altering restaurant and menu option position on food selected from an experimental food delivery platform: a randomised controlled trial.
Bianchi F. et al, (2023), Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 20
Preventing type 2 diabetes: A research agenda for behavioural science.
French DP. et al, (2023), Diabet Med
Effects of environmental impact and nutrition labelling on food purchasing: An experimental online supermarket study
Potter C. et al, (2023), Appetite, 180
Impact of increasing the relative availability of meat-free options on food selection: two natural field experiments and an online randomised trial
Pechey R. et al, (2022), International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 19