PhD Students - Charlotte Godziewski

Charlotte GodziewskiDetails

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Thesis Title: Deliberative democracy and the influence of civil society organisations on EU policy-making: A critical discourse analysis of obesity preventing strategies

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. During this period, she trained and managed new staff in the area of clinical nutrition and of food hygiene, she undertook surveys of nutritional status of
children under five in remote areas of Nepal and organised an international nutrition and dietetics conference at Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Charlotte also taught clinical nutrition to undergraduate nursing students from Kathmandu University and contributed to the Dhulikhel Hospital Nursing Bulletin 2013 and 2014 editions. She is now a board member of the NGO NepaliMed Luxembourg.

After coming back to Europe, she worked as a policy intern for Food and Agriculture at the European Public Health Alliance. During her internship, she was involved in the Horizon2020 project FRESHER
Charlotte also worked as a research assistant in the politics department of the University of York and
writes for the Feminist Academic Collective.

Research Topic

Charlotte’s project is looking at EU policy-making processes and the influence of civil society organisations in them. More specifically, it focuses on civil society organisation’s capacity to discursively shape EU policies in relation to what is understood to be a public health crisis of obesity. Her research is based on concepts of deliberative democracy and the reflexive capacities of modern democracies to analyse and contest dominant discourses. It aims to gain a better understanding of the relative weight of mainstream discourses over alternatives by examining the power dynamics that play out between civil society actors and EU policy-makers.
These concerns come at a time of global nutrition transition that is exacerbating the burden of noncommunicable diseases worldwide, and of mainstream anti-obesity interventions largely limited to an individualistic rationale of citizen education and responsibilisation. Yet so far these interventions have failed to achieve concrete positive results on populations’ diet and wellbeing.

Research Interests:

  • Political theory
  • Public health, global health
  • The global food system
  • 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