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Dr Kerry Ann Brown

Dr Kerry Ann Brown

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition

 Richards Building RB108


Richard's Building, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


My expertise is in public health nutrition and the prevention of diet-related disease. My research interests include maximising the effectiveness of dietary guidelines and developing innovative methods to study food systems and evaluate food policies (e.g., food labelling, school meals, food security programmes). I have a particular interest in how sustainability can be integrated into the nutrition risk analysis process to effect policy change and make food systems healthier, fairer, and more environmentally sustainable.

I am an academic lead for the NIHR School for Public Health Environments Research at Exeter [SPHERE], the research lead for the Food, Nutrition & Health research group, a member of the Relational Health research group and European Centre for Environment & Human Health. I am also an honorary Associate Professor with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Links to all publications available via Google Scholar: Kerry Ann Brown

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-6803-5336


PhD, MSc, BSc [joint hons], FHEA [PGCILT], MRSB


I joined the University of Exeter, as Senior Lecturer, at the end of 2021. Previously I was Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where I taught on the MSc Public Health and MSc Nutrition for Global Health, and carried out research as part of the Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health. Prior to LSHTM, I was at the University of Surrey and completed a PhD via published works [the process of setting micronutrient recommendations], whilst working on a series of European, Ireland, and UK funded projects as part of the Food, Consumer Behaviour & Health Research Centre. I also spent a short time working as a Research Assistant for Auckland University whilst living in New Zealand 2007-2008.

Research group links


Research interests

My research is mainly based in Europe, India, and the UK. I work on food and health projects across the social and natural sciences using mixed-methods (qualitative, quantitative, and public engagement). Current and past research details below.

Research projects

Current research

  • 2024-2025. Academic advisor/Mentor, Enabling Pupils’ Voice in Transforming School Menus: PPIE Activity on Sustainable School Food. Engagement & Impact award, Children & Young People Wellbeing Research Network, University of Exeter
  • 2023 - 2025. CI, The impact of mandatory energy [kcal] labelling policy in out-of-home food environments. A mixed-methods evaluation of the UK out-of-home energy labelling policy introduced in Apr 2023. Collaboration with LSHTM and the University of Sheffield. Funded by NIHR School of Public Health Research [Exeter SPHR: SPHERE].
  • 2023 - 2024. Sustainable food consumption research community. This project explores how people decide which foods to purchase and what socioeconomic factors can shift consumer preferences with online experiments involving both global North and South countries. GW4 funded.
  • 2022 - 2024. CI, Process of developing sustainable food-based dietary guidelines. On-going collaboration with NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change & Health, LSHTM to explore how sustainability is integrated into dietary guidelines globally.
  • 2021 - 2024. PI, Scoping review exploring ‘systems approaches’ to evaluate food labelling schemes [Nutriscore, traffic light, warning labels]. Seed award, LSHTM.

Past research

2021-2023. Invited speaker and co-author on how to integrate sustainability into the 2023 Nordic Nutrition recommendations published in June 2023 [1 presentation, 3 workshops, 1 chapter]

2021-2023. Sustainable & Healthy Food Systems [SHEFS]. Wellcome Trust
2024 SHEFS India final report

2020-2021 One health photovoice exploration of Bedouin camel owner perceptions of zoonotic disease risk. Bloomsbury Set, UKRI

2015-2017 Design of inter-disciplinary consumer food & health research infrastructure [RICHFIELDS]. EC Horizon 2020

2012-2016 Impact of health-related food claims & symbols [CLYMBOL]. EC, FP 7

2012-2015 Mapping inter-disciplinary food & health research infrastructures [EuroDISH]. EC, FP 7

2008-2012 European Micronutrient Recommendations Aligned [EURRECA]. EC FP 6

2005-2006 Role of the home environment in protecting child health. JIF, University of Surrey

2004-2005 Young people and food - adolescent dietary beliefs and understandings. Safefood: food safety promotion board of NI & ROI

PhD supervision

2022. DrPH Lesley James, Heart & Stroke Foundation Canada. Studying trans-fat and sodium policy processes in Canada

[expected completion 2024]. DrPH Rachel Clarke, OHID. Role of voluntary reformulation policy in reducing the availability and purchase of free sugars.

2022-2025. NIHR SPHR PhD. Esther Curtin. Investigating the role of mobile apps in promoting behaviour change towards more sustainable and healthier diets. 

Research networks


Journal articles

Rao A, Brown KA (In Press). Dietary patterns in North and South India: a comparison with EAT-Lancet dietary recommendations. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Craven E, Luck G, Whitney D, Dodhia H, Foster S, Stanke C, Seed P, Crompton J, Brown KA (In Press). Why do children under 5 years go to the GP in Lambeth:. a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open
Harwatt H, Benton TG, Bengtsson J, Birgisdόttir BE, Brown KA, Van Dooren C, Erkkola M, Graversgaard M, Halldorsson T, Hauschild M, et al (2024). Environmental sustainability of food production and consumption in the nordic and baltic region - a scoping review for nordic nutrition recommendations 2023. Food and Nutrition Research, 68 Abstract.
Singh S, Venkateshmurthy N, Brown K, Maddury A, Khatkar R, Jarhyan P, Prabhakaran D, Mohan S (2023). Agricultural and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Farmer Household Dietary Diversity in India: a Comparative Study of Visakhapatnam and Sonipat. Sustainability, 15(4), 2873-2873. Abstract.
Ganpule A, Brown KA, Dubey M, Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy N, Jarhyan P, Maddury AP, Khatkar R, Pandey H, Prabhakaran D, Mohan S, et al (2023). Food insecurity and its determinants among adults in North and South India. Nutr J, 22(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Ganpule A, Dubey M, Pandey H, Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy N, Green R, Ann Brown K, Maddury AP, Khatkar R, Jarhyan P, Prabhakaran D, et al (2023). Snacking Behavior and Association with Metabolic Risk Factors in Adults from North and South India. Journal of Nutrition, 153(2), 523-531.
Carriedo A, Walls H, Brown KA (2022). Acknowledge the Elephant in the Room: the Role of Power Dynamics in Transforming Food Systems Comment on "What Opportunities Exist for Making the Food Supply Nutrition Friendly? a Policy Space Analysis in Mexico". International Journal of Health Policy and Management Abstract.
Brown K, Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy N, Potubariki G, Sharma P, Cardwell JM, Prabhakaran D, Mohan S, Knai C (2022). The role of dairy in healthy and sustainable food systems: community voices from India. BMC Public Health Abstract.
Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy N, Potubariki G, Brown KA, Sharma P, Ganpule-Rao A, Prabhakaran D, Mohan S, Knai C (2021). A Photovoice Study to Reveal Community Perceptions of Highly Processed Packaged Foods in India. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 60(6), 810-825.
Law C, Brown KA, Green R, Venkateshmurthy NS, Mohan S, Scheelbeek PFD, Shankar B, Dangour AD, Cornelsen L (2021). Changes in take-home aerated soft drink purchases in urban India after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST): an interrupted time series analysis. SSM - Population Health, 14 Abstract.
Brown KA, Srinivasapura Venkateshmurthy N, Law C, Harris F, Kadiyala S, Shankar B, Mohan S, Prabhakaran D, Knai C (2021). Moving towards sustainable food systems: a review of Indian food policy budgets. Global Food Security, 28, 100462-100462.
Brown KA, Harris F, Potter C, Knai C (2020). The future of environmental sustainability labelling on food products. LANCET PLANETARY HEALTH, 4(4), E137-E138.  Author URL.
Law C, Green R, Kadiyala S, Shankar B, Knai C, Brown KA, Dangour AD, Cornelsen L (2019). Purchase trends of processed foods and beverages in urban India. Global Food Security, 23, 191-204.
Tobi RCA, Harris F, Rana R, Brown KA, Quaife M, Green R (2019). Sustainable Diet Dimensions. Comparing Consumer Preference for Nutrition, Environmental and Social Responsibility Food Labelling: a Systematic Review. SUSTAINABILITY, 11(23).  Author URL.
Snoek HM, Eijssen LMT, Geurts M, Vors C, Brown KA, Bogaardt MJ, Dhonukshe-Rutten RAM, Evelo CT, Fezeu LK, Finglas PM, et al (2018). Advancing food, nutrition, and health research in Europe by connecting and building research infrastructures in a DISH-RI: Results of the EuroDISH project. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 73, 58-66. Abstract.
Brown KA, Timotijević L, Geurts M, Arentoft JL, Dhonukshe-Rutten RAM, Fezeu L, Finglas P, Laville M, Perozzi G, Ocké M, et al (2017). Concepts and procedures for mapping food and health research infrastructure: New insights from the EuroDISH project. Trends in Food Science and Technology, 63, 113-131. Abstract.
Hieke S, Kuljanic N, Fernandez L, Lähteenmäki L, Stancu V, Raats M, Egan B, Brown K, Trijp H, Kleef E, et al (2016). Country Differences in the History of Use of Health Claims and Symbols. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, 6(3), 148-168.
Hieke S, Kuljanic N, Pravst I, Miklavec K, Kaur A, Brown KA, Egan BM, Pfeifer K, Gracia A, Rayner M, et al (2016). Prevalence of Nutrition and Health-Related Claims on Pre-Packaged Foods: a Five-Country Study in Europe. Nutrients, 8(3). Abstract.
Brown KA, de Wit L, Timotijevic L, Sonne A-M, Laehteenmaeki L, Garcia NB, Jeruszka-Bielak M, Sicinska E, Moore AN, Lawrence M, et al (2015). Communication of scientific uncertainty: international case studies on the development of folate and vitamin D Dietary Reference Values. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 18(8), 1378-1388.  Author URL.
Jeruszka-Bielak M, Sicińska E, Wit LD, Ruprich J, Rehůřková I, Brown KA, Timotijevic L, Sonne AM, Haugaard P, Guzzon A, et al (2015). Stakeholders' Views on Factors Influencing Nutrition Policy: a Qualitative Study Across Ten European Countries. Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences, 65(4), 293-302. Abstract.
Brown KA, Hermoso M, Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Lillegaard ITL, Rehurkova I, Larranaga A, Loncarevic-Srmic A, Andersen LF, Ruprich J, et al (2013). Consumer involvement in dietary guideline development: opinions from European stakeholders. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 16(5), 769-776.  Author URL.
Timotijevic L, Brown KA, Lahteenmaki L, De Wit L, Sonne A-M, Ruprich J, Rehurkova I, Jeruszka-Bielak M, Sicinska E, Garcia NB, et al (2013). EURRECA-A Framework for Considering Evidence in Public Health Nutrition Policy Development. CRITICAL REVIEWS IN FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION, 53(10), 1124-1134.  Author URL.
Dhonukshe-Rutten RAM, Bouwman J, Brown KA, Cavelaars AEJM, Collings R, Grammatikaki E, CPGM de Groot L, Gurinovic M, Harvey LJ, Hermoso M, et al (2013). EURRECA-Evidence-Based Methodology for Deriving Micronutrient Recommendations. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 53(10), 999-1040. Abstract.
Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Brown K, Raats MM, Shepherd R (2013). Scientific decision-making and stakeholder consultations: the case of salt recommendations. SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE, 85, 79-86.  Author URL.
Jensen BB, Lähteenmäki L, Grunert KG, Brown K, Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Shepherd R, Raats MM (2012). Changing Micronutrient Intake Through (Voluntary) Behaviour Change: the Case of Folate. Appetite, 58, 1014-1022.
Brown K-A, Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Shepherd R, Lähteenmäki L, Raats MM (2011). A Review of Consumer Awareness, Understanding and Use of Food Based Dietary Guidelines. British Journal of Nutrition, 106(1), 15-26.
Brown KA, Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Ruprich J, Rehurkova I, Hermoso M, Andersen L-F, Lillegaard ITL, Fernandez-Celemin L, Larranaga A, et al (2011). Micronutrient recommendation stakeholders' beliefs on dietary guidelines: a qualitative study across six European countries/regions. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 65(7), 872-874.  Author URL.
Timotijevic L, Barnett J, Brown K, Shepherd R, Fernandez-Celemin L, Dömölki L, Ruprich J, Dhonukshe-Rutten RA, Sonne A-M, Hermoso M, et al (2011). The Process of Setting Micronutrient Recommendations: a Cross-European Comparison of Nutrition-Related Scientific Advisory Bodies. Public Health Nutrition, 14(4), 716-728.
Timotijevic L, Raats MM, Barnett J, Brown K, Shepherd R, Fernandez-Celemin L, Dömölki L, Ruprich J, Sonne A-M, Hermoso M, et al (2010). From Micronutrient Recommendations to Policy: Consumer and Stakeholder Involvement. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64, 31-37.
Brown KA, Ogden J, Vogele C, Gibson EL (2008). The role of parental control practices in explaining children's diet and BMI. APPETITE, 50(2-3), 252-259.  Author URL.
Ogden J, Karim L, Choudry A, Brown K (2007). Understanding successful behaviour change: the role of intentions, attitudes to the target and motivations and the example of diet. HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH, 22(3), 397-405.  Author URL.


Harwatt H, Benton T, Bengtsson J, Blomhoff R, Birgisdottir BE, Brown K, van Dooren C, Erkkola M, Graversgaard M, Halldorsson T, et al (2023). Overview of food consumption and environmental sustainability – considerations in the Nordic and Baltic region. In  (Ed) Nordic Nutrition Recommendations 2023, Nord, 40-42.


Craven E, Luck G, Brown K, Dodhia H, Foster S, Stanke C, Seed P, Crompton J, Whitney D (2023). Why do children under 5 years go to the GP in Lambeth: a cross-sectional study. Abstract.
Ganpule-Rao A, Brown K, Dubey M, Venkateshmurthy NS, Pandey H, Jarhyan P, Maddury AP, Khatkar R, Prabhakaran D, Mohan S, et al (2021). (1) Food insecurity, dietary diversity and malnutrition in North and South India / (2) Comparison of diets in North and South India with EAT Lancet diet. INFORMAS eSymposium 2021 Asia & Pacific. 27th - 27th Oct 2021.
Brown K, Knai C, Venkateshmurthy NS, Mohan S (2020). Scoping review of food system policies in India: opportunities for integration to achieve sustainable development goals. 4th International Conference on Global Food Security. 4th Dec 2020 - 9th Dec 2021.
Brown K, Knai C, Venkateshmurthy NS, Mohan S (2019). Food system “tracers” to analyse healthy and sustainable food systems: tracing milk in India. Livestock, Environment & People (LEAP) 2019. 10th - 10th Dec 2019.
Brown KA, Hart KH, Sommers-Jones G, Egan B, Fiates GMR, Raats MM, Hieke S (2016). Do health claims affect consumption, as measured in the laboratory or in the field?.  Author URL.
Brown KA, Timotijevic L, Geurts M, Arentoft JL, Bardes J, Fezeu L, Lavine M, Ocke M, Tetens I, Vors C, et al (2015). New insights from EuroDISH mapping of food and health research infrastructure.  Author URL.
Brown KA, Hieke S, Kuljanic N, Pravst I, Miklavec K, Rayner M, Kur A, Pfeifer K, Gracia A (2015). Prevalence of health-related claims on pre-packaged foods: a five-country study in Europe.  Author URL.
Dhonukshe-Rutten R, Snoek HM, Brown KA, Slimani N, Finglas P, Perozzi G, van Ommen B, Tetens I, Ocke M, Laville M, et al (2013). RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE EUROPEAN FOOD, NUTRITION AND PUBLIC HEALTH AREA: CURRENT INITIATIVES FROM EURODISH.  Author URL.
de Wit L, Timotijevic L, Brown K, Guzzon A, Brito Garcia N, Roszkowski W, Rehurkova I, Sarmant Y, Alevritou E, Haugaard P, et al (2011). Selecting options for national nutrition policy: a consideration of scientific evidence and alternative perspectives.  Author URL.
Brown K, Timotijevic L, De Wit L, Brito Garcia N, Roszkowski W, Sonne A, Lahteenmaki L, Raats M (2011). Transparency and uncertainty in scientific advisory bodies: five European case studies.  Author URL.
Timotijevic L, Raats MM, Barnett J, Brown K, Latheenmaki L, Jensen BB (2010). Health-behaviour-policy epistemological framework for the decision making of policy makers relevant to micronutrient recommendations.  Author URL.
Timotijevic L, Raats MM, Barnett J, Brown K, Fernandez L, Domolki L, Ruprich J, Dhonukshe-Rutten RA, Sonne A-M, Hermoso M, et al (2010). Institutional contexts in which micronutrient reference values are developed across Europe.  Author URL.
Vogele C, Gibson L, Ogden J, Brown K (2007). Food choice and delay of gratification:: an experimental investigation in obese, overweight and normal-weight primary school children.  Author URL.


Sardeshpande M, Walton S, on behalf of the SHEFS consortium (2024). India synthesis report SHEFS 2024.
Brown K, Sharma P, Venkateshmurthy NS, Singh S, Mohan S, Hawkes C (2020). Who is making food policy in India. Centre for Food Policy,  London, City, University of London.
Trew K, Barnett J, Stevenson C, Muldoon O, Breakwell G, Brown K (2005). Young People & Food-Adolescents’ Dietary Beliefs and Understandings. Safefood, food promotion board for NI & ROI.

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  • ESS3506 Sustainable Nutrition [Exeter]
  • ESS2510 Nutrition & Society [Exeter]
  • SHSM051 Nutrition & Society [Exeter]
  • [first year 2021-2022] ESS2514/5 Nutrition, Physical Activity, & Health

Lecturer/teaching programmes

  • BSc Nutrition & MSc Public Health [Exeter]
  • MSc Nutrition for Global Health [LSHTM]



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