1983 …2020

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Research interests

  • International Development and Health
  • Nutrition in marginalised communities
  • Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics (Cystic Fibrosis and Coronary Heart Disease)
  • Chronic disease prevention (Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome) throughout the Lifespan (Cradle to Cradle)
  • Community-based health promotion
  • Environmentally sustainable living
  • Food and nutrition policy analysis and development
  • The future of food



Shawn Somerset is Professor of Public Health and Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra. He has worked in government, industry, community and university sectors on food and nutrition-related projects in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His general field of interest relates to environmental aspects of food choice, the various controls, barriers and facilitators involved, and how the expanding world population will ensure food security into the future. Answers to these issues span a range of research contexts, from community-based school and urban garden initiatives, through to population-based studies on determinants of food consumption – issues that are central across the world, in countries both rich and poor. 


Student Projects Available

  • Determinants of care-seeking behaviour by mothers with undernourished children in developing country settings
  • Trends in the prevalence of vitamin K supplementation in newborn infants
  • Pre-conception weight loss - when is the right time to conceieve?
  • Evaluation of a school-based garden intervention program
  • Vegetable-centered meal planning to moderate chronic disease risk
  • Food sovereignty - strengthening local food systems
  • Plant-based dietary interventions to reduce diabetes risk
  • Associations between flavonoid consumption and health outcomes

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Queensland

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Research Output

Improving the quality of care for people who had a stroke in a low-/middle-income country: A qualitative analysis of health-care professionals’ perspectives

Baatiema, L., de-Graft Aikins, A., Sarfo, F. S., Abimbola, S., Ganle, J. K. & Somerset, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Health Expectations. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • New digital media interventions for sexual health promotion among young people: A systematic review

    Wadham, E., Green, C., Debattista, J., Somerset, S. & Sav, A., 2019, In : Sexual Health. 16, 2, p. 101-123 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Associations between flavonoid intakes and gut microbiota in a group of adults with cystic fibrosis

    Li, L. & Somerset, S., 7 Sep 2018, In : Nutrients. 10, 9, p. 1-13 13 p., 1264.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Folate supplementation to prevent birth abnormalities: evaluating a community-based participatory action plan for refugees and migrant workers on the Thailand-Myanmar border

    Stevens, A., Gilder, M. E., Moo, P., Hashmi, A., Toe, S. E. T., Doh, B. B., Nosten, S., Chotivanich, K., Somerset, S. & McGready, R., 1 Aug 2018, In : Public Health. 161, p. 83-89 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)