Dr Victoria McGowan, PhD, MA, BSc
Victoria obtained her PhD, Masters in Research Methods, and BSc (Hons) in Medical Anthropology from Durham University in the Department of Anthropology. Her doctoral research assessed the impact of school meal legislation on child malnourishment since the early 20th Century.
Her research interests focus on child malnourishment (underweight and obesity), effects of poverty on childhood, school meals (including feeding programmes outside of school term times), and health inequalities.
Victoria joined the Department of Geography as a Research Associate in April 2016 and is working on the NIHR SPHR Communities in Control study.
Department of Anthropology
Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
- Child malnourishment
- Governing health
- Health inequalities
- Impact of poverty on childhood
- School meals policy
- Childhood obesity
- McGowan, VJ (2015). Policy in perspective: Assessing the relationship between malnourishment in children and school meal legislation since the early 20th Century. PhD.
- Roberts, K, McGowan, VJ, Machaira, T & Ells, LJ (Submitted). A rapid review examining purchasing changes resulting from fiscal measures targeted at high sugar food and non-alcoholic drinks. Nutrition and Diabetes
- Ells, LJ, Atkinson, G, McGowan, VJ, Hamilton, S, Waller, G & Harrison, S (2015). Intermittent fasting interventions for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults aged 18 years and over: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 13(10): 60-68.
- McGowan, V.J., Ellis, L.G. & Bentley, G.R. (2009), Historical relationship of nutritional quality of UK school meals to overweight and obesity in children, 21: 34th Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association. Chicago, Illinois, Wiley, 231-243.
- Ells, L.J., McGowan, V.J., Roberts, K. & Machaira, T. (2015). Sugar Reduction: The evidence for action Annexe 3: A mixed method review of behaviour changes resulting from marketing strategies targeted at high sugar food and non-alcoholic drink. Public Health England.
- Roberts, K, McGowan, VJ, Machaira, T & Ells, LJ (2015). Sugar Reduction:The evidence for action Annexe 2: A mixed method review of behaviour changes resulting from experimental studies that examine the effect of fiscal measures targeted at high sugar food and non-alcoholic drink. Public Health England.
Available for media contact about:
- Public policy, health and well-being: School Meals
- Obesity: Children
- Infant and child health: Overweight and obesity
Is supervised by
- 2010: ESRC Case (1+3) Studentship in collaboration with the School Food Trust
- 2009: Human Biology Association Travel Scholarship ($500)