PhD Students - Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte GodziewskiDetails

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Thesis Title: Broadening understandings of health promotion: Power and meaning in EU nutrition and healthy diet promotion

Start Year: 2016


Dr. Owen Parker

Dr. Simon Rushton


2012: BSc Dietetics, Paul Lambin Institute Brussels
2016: MSc Global Health, Maastricht University

Between 2012 and 2014, Charlotte established and led the Nutrition department of Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University Teaching Hospital, Nepal.
After coming back to Europe, she worked as a policy intern for Food and Agriculture at the European Public Health Alliance. Prior to starting her PhD project, she worked as a research assistant in the Politics Department at the University of York.

Research Topic

Recently, scientific literature on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has undergone what has been qualified as a ‘complexity turn’. NCDs and their risk factors, including diet, are no longer seen as solely determined by individual choice and behaviour, with much research now focusing on how political and socio-economic factors shape health outcomes. Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a cross-sectoral approach to public health governance which reflects this complexity turn, as it aims to ensure all policy areas are working towards the attainment of health policy goals. This approach was introduced at EU level during the 2006 Finnish Presidency, and while it is still referred to as a necessity, its implementation has proven to be challenging.

Charlotte’s work analyses the European Commission’s involvement in healthy diet promotion and its evolving positionality in the context of a growing understanding of complexity of NCD determinants. Focusing on healthy diet promotion, her research aims to better understand the institutional and ideational underpinnings of the challenges to implement HiAP in the EU. Her work reflects upon ‘healthy diet promotion’ both as a site of tension between the social and economic logics of EU integration, and as a site of epistemological tension within the public health discipline more broadly.

Research Interests:

  • Political theory
  • Public health, global health
  • The global food system
  • Governmentality
  • Civil society and deliberative democracy
  • Interpretive policy analysis, discourse analysis and constructivism


French, Luxembourgish, German, English and Nepali


University of Sheffield, Department of Politics Anniversary Studentship 2016