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Dr Victoria McGowan, PhD, MA, BSc

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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


Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Research Interests

  • Child malnourishment
  • Governing health
  • Health inequalities
  • Impact of poverty on childhood
  • School meals policy
  • Childhood obesity


Doctoral Thesis

Journal Article



Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Public policy, health and well-being: School Meals
  • Obesity: Children
  • Infant and child health: Overweight and obesity

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Selected Grants

  • 2010: ESRC Case (1+3) Studentship in collaboration with the School Food Trust
  • 2009: Human Biology Association Travel Scholarship ($500)