Dr Hibbah Araba Osei-Kwasi
BSc (Ghana), MSc (Belgium), PhD (Sheffield, UK), FHEA
Department of Geography
AXA Post-doctoral Researcher (Public Health Nutrition)
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Department of Geography
Geography and Planning Building
Hibbah has an MSc degree in Nutrition and Rural Development from Ghent University, Belgium and PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Sheffield.
Prior to commencing her PhD at the University of Sheffield, Hibbah worked as a Research Assistant at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana where she was involved in various nutrition and intervention research.
Hibbah’s PhD project adopted a mixed method research approach to explore the determinants of dietary behaviour, dietary acculturation and household food insecurity among Ghanaians living in Europe. During this period, she also worked as a Research assistant for 2 years on an EU project: Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) knowledge Hub; funded by the EC/MRC to understand the determinant of dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours across Europe.
After her PhD, she worked as a Research Associate on two projects at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield to explore dietary transitions, drivers of food choice and the food environment in Ghana and Kenya. As an output of these projects, Hibbah led the development of the African Urban Food Environment Framework for creating healthy nutrition policy and interventions in urban Africa”.
She then had a lectureship position in Public Health Nutrition at the Clinical Science and Nutrition Department at Chester University before moving to the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield in is 2019 as an AXA post-doctoral Research Fellow.
- Research interests
My research falls within the following three themes:
- Dietary practices (including sustainable diets) and its relationship with all forms of malnutrition
- Nutrition transitions in Low- and middle-income countries
- Nutrition inequalities linked to migration and ethnicity
- Food system and food insecurity
- Urban physical food environments drive dietary behaviours in Ghana and Kenya: A photovoice study. Health & Place, 71, 102647-102647.
- The African urban food environment framework for creating healthy nutrition policy and interventions in urban Africa. PLoS ONE, 16(4). View this article in WRRO
- Unhealthy eating practices of city-dwelling Africans in deprived neighbourhoods: Evidence for policy action from Ghana and Kenya. Global Food Security, 26, 100452-100452.
- Investigating foods and beverages sold and advertised in deprived urban neighbourhoods in Ghana and Kenya: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 10(6). View this article in WRRO
- Factors influencing dietary behaviours in urban food environments in Africa: a systematic mapping review. Public Health Nutrition. View this article in WRRO
- Dietary behaviours in the context of nutrition transition : a systematic review and meta-analyses in two African countries. Public Health Nutrition. View this article in WRRO
- Acculturation and food intake among Ghanaian migrants in Europe: Findings from the RODAM study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52(2), 114-125. View this article in WRRO
- Impacts of reducing UK beef consumption using a revised sustainable diets framework. Sustainability, 11(23). View this article in WRRO
- "I cannot sit here and eat alone when I know a fellow Ghanaian is suffering": Perceptions of food insecurity among Ghanaian migrants. Appetite, 140, 190-196. View this article in WRRO
- Dietary patterns are associated with predicted 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease among Ghanaian populations: the Research on Obesity and Diabetes in African Migrants (RODAM) study. Journal of Nutrition, 149(5), 755-769. View this article in WRRO
- Developing a systems-based framework of the factors influencing dietary and physical activity behaviours in ethnic minority populations living in Europe - a DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(1). View this article in WRRO
- Drivers of dietary behaviours in women living in urban Africa: a systematic mapping review.. Public Health Nutr. View this article in WRRO
- The influence of migration on dietary practices of Ghanaians living in the United Kingdom: A qualitative study.. Annals of Human Biology, 1-27. View this article in WRRO
- Systematic mapping review of the factors influencing dietary behaviour in ethnic minority groups living in Europe: A DEDIPAC study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13(1). View this article in WRRO
- Efficacy of mid-upper arm circumference in identification, follow-up and discharge of malnourished children during nutrition rehabilitation. Nutrition Research and Practice, 9(3), 268-268.
- Reliability of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference Measurements taken by Community Health Nurses. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science Journal, 3(1), 26-35.
- Body size preferences for women and adolescent girls living in Africa: a mixed-methods systematic review. Public Health Nutrition, 1-22.
- Transnational social networks, health, and care: a systematic narrative literature review. International Journal for Equity in Health.
- Teaching interests
Public Health and Nutrition related modules. I am particularly interested in supervising students’ dissertations in the areas of Food behaviours and systematic reviews.