We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

Alan Dangour

Reader in Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Alan Dangour has extensive experience in intervention research and systematic review.  Alan's primary research is the interaction between agriculture, nutrition and health and he is part of the inter-disciplinary team that founded the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health.  An increasing area of Alan's research interest is the impact of multiple environmental stressors on global food and nutrition security.


Alan is the lead for our research theme that asks the question, "how strong is the evidence that agriculture can be pro-nutrition?"

Bhavani Shankar

Bhavani ShankarBhavani Shankar is Professor of International Food, Agriculture and Health at LCIRAH and SOAS, University of London. He is an applied economist working at the interface of agriculture, food, nutrition and health.

Bhavani has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held previous appointments at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and at the University of Reading.  He has published widely in agricultural economics, development, nutrition and health journals, and has served as editor of Food Policy since 2011.


Bhavani co-leads the research theme, nutrition sensitive policies and strategies and represents LCIRAH on LANSA's management team

Elaine Ferguson

A senior Lecturer at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and LCIRAH, Elaine Ferguson's primary research focus is on the formulation and evaluation of food-based interventions to address under-nutrition. She also has an interest in nutritional assessment methodology  and operations research to strengthen nutrition programmes. Elaine has been involved in research in 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  She has published 68 peer reviewed articles and 1 book.


Elaine is on the capacity strengthening team and contributes to our research theme that asks the question, "how strong is the evidence that agriculture can be pro-nutrition?".

Giacomo Zanello

Giacomo is a lecturer in Food Economics and Health at the University of Reading (UK). He is also a LCIRAH Fellow and a Research Associate at the Oxford University’s Technology and Management for Development Centre (TMCD). Previously he supported the work of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition in its commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition security.


Giacomo works on production diversity, food prices and diet diversity in Afghanistan for LANSA. 

Jeff Waage

Jeff Waage, OBE, is Director of the London International Development Centre, a Professor at SOAS, University of London, and holds visiting positions at Imperial College, Royal Veterinary College and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has a particular passion for interdisciplinary research, and current research interests in international biosecurity policies, emerging diseases and capacity building in higher education for development.


Jeff is a member of the Consortium Steering Group

Mehroosh Tak

Mehroosh Tak is a doctoral researcher with the Leverhulme Centre for Integrated Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) at SOAS. She is an applied economist working on the linkages between agriculture, food and nutrition. For her doctoral research Mehroosh is exploring how public investments in rural India can be made more nutrition-sensitive via investments in infrastructure and agriculture route. She has also worked with the Global Panel for Agricultural and Food Systems for Nutrition to better understand the drivers of food systems in low and middle-income countries.


Mehroosh is researching the role of state expenditures in improving dietary diversity in India.

Nigel Poole

Nigel Poole is a socio-economist who originally trained in agricultural sciences and agricultural extension. He works in the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy in SOAS, University of London, and is part of the team of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health of the University’s London International Development Centre. He has experience in diverse countries in Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-east Asia.


Nigel leads LANSA work in Afghanistan on agri-nutrition policy and stakeholder mapping, designing research on climate-agriculture-nutrition interactions, and assessing the nutrition impact of agricultural interventions. He also contributes to the work on agri-value chains for nutrition and health.

Suneetha Kadiyala

A Senior Lecturer in nutrition-sensitive development at LSHTM and LCIRAH, Suneetha Kadiyala is exploring the intersection of the structural determinants of health and nutrition security, with a focus on informing nutrition-sensitive policies and programmes in developing countries. 

While at IFPRI, Suneetha led several large and complex research initiatives on HIV and nutrition security (RENEWAL); agriculture and nutrition linkages (TANDI) and direct nutrition interventions (POSHAN). Suneetha has extensive experience in Africa and South Asia.


Suneetha leads a feasibility study of an intervention that integrates behaviour change communications to improve caring practices of infants and young children, into a programme that promotes improved agricultural practices. 


South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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