Zoë Bell “Austerity and nutrition: A Qualitative Exploration of the social determinants of food insecurity and its nutritional impact amongst women and children in the North East of England”.

In Students by Debbie Curtis

  • Newcastle University
  • Health, Well-Being & Society

My project, a collaboration with Gateshead Council, is focusing on the prominent health concern of food insecurity in the UK.

My research will explore the social determinants of food insecurity in the North East of England among mothers both in a transitory state and chronic state of food insecurity and its impact on diet and nutrition amongst new mothers and in the first 1000 days of life (0-2 years old), also to understand how women construct, understand and cope with food insecurity.

In recent years, malnutrition has been understudied by social scientists and equally, the field of nutrition has only lately begun to take a social determinants perspective. My research will inform the development of an interdisciplinary understanding of the effects of austerity and food insecurity on maternal and child nutrition in the UK.