Professor Bhavani Shankar

Department of Geography

Professorial Research Fellow in Food and Health

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Professor Bhavani Shankar
Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Bhavani works on research areas at the intersection of food, health and environmental sustainability. He joined the Institute of Sustainable Food and the Department of Geography in April 2020. From 2011 to March 2020, Bhavani was Professor at SOAS University of London, and has previously also held appointments at the University of Reading and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Bhavani’s recent work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Leverhulme Trust, GCRF, UKAid and the European Commission, among others. From 2011 to 2015 Bhavani was Managing Editor of Food Policy, a multidisciplinary Elsevier journal. He is currently an academic editor for PLoS One, review editor for Frontiers in Sustainable Food and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Global Food Security and Food Policy.

Research interests

Bhavani’s research interests include sustainable diets, the analysis of economic drivers of over and under nutrition, food and nutrition policy evaluation and the role of agriculture and food systems in enabling better nutrition and health. Much of his work is of an interdisciplinary nature, conducted in collaboration with nutritionists, health scientists, geographers and environmental scientists. 

Current externally funded projects:

Market Intervention for Nutritional Improvement (MINI):

MINI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and DfID. It is set in India, Bangladesh and Ghana, and aims to study the potential for market aggregation services to improve the availability of nutritious fresh produce (vegetables and poultry) in local markets.

Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (SHEFS):

SHEFS is a programme aiming to provide policy makers with novel, interdisciplinary evidence to define future food systems policies that deliver nutritious and healthy foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable manner. This LSHTM-led project is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture for Nutrition Actions (IMMANA): IMMANA is co-funded by UKAid and BMGF and aims to stimulate the development of novel methods and metrics for research linking agriculture and nutrition. It is co-funded by UK Aid and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

GCRF Action Against Stunting Hub: The Action Against Stunting Hub conducts research in India, Indonesia and Senegal aimed at addressing the intractable global challenge of child stunting.


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