Dr Hannah Forde
Hannah’s research focusses on ways to make the food system healthier, fairer, and more environmentally sustainable. Hannah is currently a Researcher in the CO-designing for healthy People and Planet: food system Economic Research (COPPER) project, where she will work with the public and policymakers to design food subsidy and tax scenarios.
Hannah completed her PhD at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, co-funded by Public Health England and the University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral training Partnership. Her thesis, entitled ‘Changes to marketing in response to sugary drinks taxation: the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in the United Kingdom’, used a variety of qualitative and quantitative method. During her PhD, Hannah also completed an internship at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Prior to her current role, Hannah was a Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in The Mandala Consortium, which is funded by the UK Research and Innovation Strategic Priorities Fund. The Mandala Consortium aims to transform the urban food system, and Hannah conducted research to understand and map the food system. Hannah also conducted qualitative research at the MRC Epidemiology Unit to understand the potential impact of the UK Government’s new restrictions on television advertising and online marketing for unhealthy foods, funded by the National Institute for Health Research Public Health Research Programme. Hannah holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of St Andrews and a Master’s degree in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health from the University of Bristol.