Shawn Somerset

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

The future of food in the ACT - enhancing local food system resilience and food security in the face of significant disruption - drought, bushfires, COVID-19 Determinants of care-seeking behaviour by mothers with undernourished children in developing country settings Fit for Fertility - Pre-pregnancy dietary strategies to maximise metabolic health of offspring Evaluation of a school-based garden intervention program Plant-based dietary interventions to reduce chronic disease risk Associations between flavonoid consumption and health outcomes Trends in the prevalence of vitamin K supplementation in newborn infants

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

 

Biography

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

  • The Future of Food in the ACT - enhancing local food system resilience to major social and physical disruption
  • 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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