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

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.

Stuart Gillespie

A Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI and theme leader on nutrition policy, Stuart Gillespie has initiated and managed several large-scale, multi-partner projects and networks including the Agriculture and Health Research Platform, TANDI and Transform Nutrition. After being awarded a PhD in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1988, and prior to joining IFPRI in 1999, Stuart worked with a range of organizations including the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, UNICEF, World Bank, FAOWFP, USAIDADB, Micronutrient Initiative on nutrition and food security in Asia. Stuart has published 142 papers and 9 books.


Stuart is the Research Directors for LANSA and is part of the Management team. Stuart leads the research theme, enabling environment for nutrition.  

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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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