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I am a reader in public health nutrition at the University of Westminster. I originally trained in social anthropology and my work thus focuses on the social and policy aspects of nutrition, particularly socio-cultural factors influencing food use and dietary intake. I have worked in the UK and internationally in both research and consultancy. The latter includes work for public sector organizations including the UK Department for International Development (DfID), the Wellcome TrustWorld Health Organization(WHO), American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). I was a member of the project management panel that oversaw the FSA's large 2007 - 2009 study on consumer understanding of front-of-pack food labels that underpins current UK policy. I was also a member of the FSA Advisory Group 2009-2010 for their review of reviews to examine the effectiveness of dietary interventions and on the GAIN (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition) advisory group to oversee the development of their Focused Ethnographic Survey approach. In 2010 I provided input to the UK Government Foresight Assessment The Future of Food and Farming. Currently I am a member of the FSA's Social Science Research Committee, one of the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Committees.

I have been teaching since the 1990s, originally on the MSc Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene where I was the course director. On joining Westminster in 2001 I was involved in establishing the new MSc course in Public Health Nutrition that is now very successful with an additional MSc in International Public Health Nutrition. I lead the PG module Food and Nutrition in Public Health and Policy, and also teach on a wide range of UG and PG modules and the Professional Doctorate. On the latter I lead the module Leading Research and Influencing Practice and am currently involved with supervising three Professional Doctorate students. I also teach at other Universities, including City University and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

I am the external examiner on the MSc Public Health Nutrition at Southampton University and the MA Applied Social Research at Warwick University.

My research focuses on the interface between social science and public health nutrition, and within this the application of the theory and methods of social science to public health nutrition; and the evaluation of public health interventions and the use of participatory and qualitative methods in this.

Current Research

  • A cluster randomized controlled trial of the Well London community interventions to address social and structural determinants of physical, activity, diet and mental wellbeing. This is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the project has been led by UEL and includes research partners at LSTHM as well as UoW. Professor Angela Clow of SSHL and I have led a longitudinal qualitative study nested within the wider CRCT to illuminate causal pathways. The project commenced Feb 2008.
  • A business survey to identify alternative control measures to control E.coli 0157 funded by the FSA 2013.

Other recent research activities

  • 2009-2013 inputs on design and analysis to the FSA's new Food and You Survey waves I and II conducted by TNS.
  • From April 2009 - April 2011 I was part of a consortium led by Professor Richard Watt, Dept of Epidemiology, UCL and funded by the FSA that developed and implemented a trial of a family-centred intervention delivered in Children's Centres and the home environment. This was conducted in two sites (London and Cornwall).
  • Member of ObaapaVitA Trial Steering Committee as USAID representative from 2005-2009. The ObaapaVitA was CRCTs is co-funded by USAID and DfID is designed to examine the effect of low dose vitamin A supplements on maternal mortality in Northern Ghana. The findings were recently released.
  • 2007 conducted a critical review of the role of community participation in enhancing the uptake and sustainability of child survival packages in low income countries for A2Z, Washington (the micronutrient and child blindness project of the United States Agency for International Development).
  • 2007 with Jessica Swann evaluation of a community-based salt reduction intervention implemented by the London Food Commission and funded by the FSA.
  • 2005 with Andrew Hall co-ordinated three international projects (Ghana, Nepal, Uganda) looking at the role of women health care providers and funded by International Life Sciences institute, Washington
  • Technical Advisor to a project investigating access of health and personal social services by lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northwest Ireland being conducted by the Public Health Department, North Western Health Board in 2004
  • 2002- 2004 FSA-funded project Methods to access consumer views on food policy issues: an evaluation of their viability and efficacy for inclusive participation in policy making. This two year project was conducted in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Surrey at Roehampton.

Past work has included research on infant feeding practices, street foods in developing countries, traditional food technologies and complementary feeding, micronutrient deficiencies, health seeking behaviours, inland capture fisheries, vegetarianism, and the social construction of risk in relation to food safety.

The key transferable skills used in my research are qualitative research methods as applied across a range of public health nutrition issues.

2016

Views on the food supply chain (2016)
Roberts, C., Draper, A. and Dowler, E. 2016. Views on the food supply chain. in: British Social Attitudes Survey. 33rd edition London National Centre for Social Statistics.

2008

Staple foods (2008)
Draper, A. and Tuffrey, V. 2008. Staple foods. in: Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (ed.) The atlas of food: who eats what, where and why. 2nd edition London, UK Earthscan. pp. 80-81
Nutritional deficiencies (2008)
Draper, A. and Tuffrey, V. 2008. Nutritional deficiencies. in: Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (ed.) The atlas of food: who eats what, where and why. 2nd edition London, UK Earthscan. pp. 26-27
Changing diets (2008)
Draper, A. and Tuffrey, V. 2008. Changing diets. in: Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (ed.) The atlas of food: who eats what, where and why. 2nd edition London, UK Earthscan. pp. 82-83

2006

Risk and trust: determinants of public perceptions (2006)
Draper, A., Green, J., Dowler, E., Fele, G., Hagenhoff, V., Rusanen, M. and Rusanen, T. 2006. Risk and trust: determinants of public perceptions. in: Dora, C. (ed.) Health, hazards and public debates: lessons for risk communication from the BSE/CJD saga Copenhagen, Denmark WHO Regional Office for Europe. pp. 62-83

2005

Sample surveys of public perceptions and opinions (2005)
Gasperoni, G., Draper, A., Hagenhoff, V., Rusanen, M. and Rusanen, T. 2005. Sample surveys of public perceptions and opinions. in: Dora, C. (ed.) Health hazards and public debate: lessons for risk communication from the BSE/CJD saga Copenhagen, Denmark WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Food choice, influencing factors (2005)
Draper, A. 2005. Food choice, influencing factors. in: Caballero, B., Allen, L. and Prentice, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of human nutrition. 2nd edition Amsterdam ; London Elsevier.

2003

Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk (2003)
Draper, A. and Green, J. 2003. Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk. in: Dowler, E. (ed.) The welfare of food: rights and responsibilities in a changing world Oxford, UK Blackwell. pp. 54-69

2002

Under-nutrition (2002)
Gandy, J. and Draper, A. 2002. Under-nutrition. in: Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (ed.) The atlas of food: who eats what, where and why London, UK Earthscan. pp. 22-23
Changing diets (2002)
Gandy, J. and Draper, A. 2002. Changing diets. in: Millstone, E. and Lang, T. (ed.) The atlas of food: who eats what, where and why London, UK Earthscan. pp. 80-91

2016

Food journeys and the public (2016)
Draper, A. 2016. Food journeys and the public. London

2011

Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: findings from the Food and You Survey 2010 (2011)
Prior, G., Hall, L., Morris, S. and Draper, A. 2011. Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: findings from the Food and You Survey 2010. London Food Standards Agency.
Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: findings from the Food and You Survey 2010 (2011)
Prior, G., Hall, L., Morris, S. and Draper, A. 2011. Exploring food attitudes and behaviours in the UK: findings from the Food and You Survey 2010. London Food Standards Agency.

2010

Development work for wave 2 of the food and you survey (2010)
Smeaton, D., Draper, A., Durante, L. and Vowden, K. 2010. Development work for wave 2 of the food and you survey. London Food Standards Agency.
Food and climate change: a review of the effects of climate change on food within the remit of the Food Standards Agency (2010)
Lake, I.R., Abdelhamid, A., Hooper, L., Bentham, G., Boxall, A.B.A., Draper, A., Fairweather-Tait, S., Hulme, M., Hunter, P.R., Nichols, G. and Waldron, K.W. 2010. Food and climate change: a review of the effects of climate change on food within the remit of the Food Standards Agency. Food Standards Agency.

2007

Community participation in nutrition programmes for child survival and anemia (2007)
Rifkin, S.B., Hewitt, G. and Draper, A. 2007. Community participation in nutrition programmes for child survival and anemia. Centre for Public Health Nutrition, University of Westminster for A2Z, Washington DC.

2005

Public involvement in food policy: guidelines for commissioning consultative activities with the hard-to-reach (2005)
Mitchell, J., Draper, A., Green, J., Gustafsson, U. and Thorogood, N. 2005. Public involvement in food policy: guidelines for commissioning consultative activities with the hard-to-reach. London, UK University of Westminster.
Women health care provider projects: joint findings from Ghana and Uganda (2005)
Hewitt, G., Draper, A., Hall, A., Amoaful, E., Newton, S., Jitta, J. and Kyaddondo, D. 2005. Women health care provider projects: joint findings from Ghana and Uganda. London, UK University of Westminster.
Methods to access consumer views on food policy issues: an evaluation of their viability and efficacy for inclusive participation in food policy making (2005)
Draper, A., Mitchell, J., Newton, P. and Green, J. 2005. Methods to access consumer views on food policy issues: an evaluation of their viability and efficacy for inclusive participation in food policy making. London, UK University of Westminster.

2002

Community development to improve diet and nutrition (2002)
Hewitt, G., Draper, A. and Dowler, E. 2002. Community development to improve diet and nutrition. London, UK University of Westminster.

2016

Working with people affected by cancer –mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2016)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2016. Working with people affected by cancer –mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. Society for Integrative Oncology 13th International Conference. Miami, Florida, USA 05 to end of 07 Nov 2016

2012

Building a logic model for a complex intervention: a worked example from the Well London CRCT (2012)
Draper, A., Clow, A., Lynch, R., Jain, S., Philips, G., Petticrew, M. and Renton, A. 2012. Building a logic model for a complex intervention: a worked example from the Well London CRCT. Population Health: Methods and Challenges, MRC Conference. ICC Birmingham 23-25 April 2012

2005

Engaging the hard-to-reach: an evaluation of participatory methods used in research with secondary school students (2005)
Mitchell, J., Draper, A., Green, J., Thorogood, N. and Gustafsson, U. 2005. Engaging the hard-to-reach: an evaluation of participatory methods used in research with secondary school students. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2005. York, UK 21-23 Mar 2005
All the nuts in one basket: participatory research and unexpected ethics (2005)
Mitchell, J., Draper, A., Green, J., Thorogood, N. and Gustafsson, U. 2005. All the nuts in one basket: participatory research and unexpected ethics. British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2005. York, UK 21-23 Mar 2005
Tony Blair won't eat our dinner, why do we? (2005)
Gustafsson, U., Mitchell, J., Draper, A., Green, J. and Thorogood, N. 2005. Tony Blair won't eat our dinner, why do we? British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2005. York, UK 21-23 Mar 2005

2004

Engaging the hard-to-reach: an evaluation of participatory methods for research with secondary school students (2004)
Draper, A., Mitchell, J., Newton, P., Gustafsson, U., Green, J. and Thorogood, N. 2004. Engaging the hard-to-reach: an evaluation of participatory methods for research with secondary school students. Consumer and Nutrition: Challenges and Chances for Research and Society: 9th Karlsruhe Nutritional Congress. Karlsruhe, Germany 10-12 Oct 2004 pp. 163-167

2015

Barriers to working with people affected by cancer: Preliminary qualitative data from a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2015)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2015. Barriers to working with people affected by cancer: Preliminary qualitative data from a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 7 (6), p. 681.

2014

Working with people affected by cancer – Phase 1 of a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy (2014)
Granger, C.A., Pilkington, K., Draper, A. and Polley, M.J. 2014. Working with people affected by cancer – Phase 1 of a mixed methods exploration of practitioner perspectives in nutritional therapy. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 6 (5), pp. 613-614.

2013

Understanding the professional characteristics, needs and experience of nutritional therapy practitioners working with cancer patients (2013)
Granger, C.A., Polley, M.J., Pilkington, K. and Draper, A. 2013. Understanding the professional characteristics, needs and experience of nutritional therapy practitioners working with cancer patients. European Journal of Integrative Medicine. 5 (6), p. 579.
Front-of-pack nutrition labelling: are multiple formats a problem for consumers? (2013)
Draper, A., Adamson, A.J., Clegg, S., Malam, S., Rigg, M. and Duncan, S. 2013. Front-of-pack nutrition labelling: are multiple formats a problem for consumers? European Journal of Public Health. 23 (3), pp. 517-521.
Using participatory approaches with older people in a residential home in Guyana: challenges and tensions (2013)
Hewitt, G., Draper, A. and Ismail, S. 2013. Using participatory approaches with older people in a residential home in Guyana: challenges and tensions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 28 (1), pp. 1-25.

2012

Climate change and food security: health impacts in developed countries (2012)
Lake, I.R., Hooper, L., Abdelhamid, A., Bentham, G., Boxall, A.B.A., Draper, A., Fairweather-Tait, S., Hulme, M., Hunter, P.R., Nichols, G. and Waldron, K.W. 2012. Climate change and food security: health impacts in developed countries. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120 (11), pp. 1520-1526.
What shapes participation in a community-based intervention? Evidence from a qualitative evaluation of the well London project (2012)
Jain, S., Draper, A., Clow, A., Lynch, R. and Derges, J. 2012. What shapes participation in a community-based intervention? Evidence from a qualitative evaluation of the well London project. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 66 (S1), p. A3.
Complaints about dog faeces as a symbolic representation of incivility in London, UK: a qualitative study (2012)
Derges, J., Lynch, R., Clow, A., Pettigrew, M. and Draper, A. 2012. Complaints about dog faeces as a symbolic representation of incivility in London, UK: a qualitative study. Critical Public Health. 22 (4), pp. 419-425.
What are the specific pathways and project components that have a positive impact on the well-being of participants in a ‘well London’ project? (2012)
Derges, J., Draper, A., Clow, A., Lynch, R. and Jain, S. 2012. What are the specific pathways and project components that have a positive impact on the well-being of participants in a ‘well London’ project? Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 66 (S1), p. A57.

2011

Qualitative research in nutrition and dietetics: data collection issues (2011)
Draper, A. and Swift, J.A. 2011. Qualitative research in nutrition and dietetics: data collection issues. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 24 (1), pp. 3-12.
Food and public health: contemporary issues and future directions (2011)
Gustafsson, U., Wills, W. and Draper, A. 2011. Food and public health: contemporary issues and future directions. Critical Public Health. 21 (4), pp. 385-393.

2010

Chasing the dragon: developing indicators for the assessment of community participation in health programmes (2010)
Draper, A., Hewitt, G. and Rifkin, S.B. 2010. Chasing the dragon: developing indicators for the assessment of community participation in health programmes. Social Science & Medicine. 71 (6), pp. 1102-1109.

2009

Evaluation of community level interventions to address social and structural determinants of health: a cluster randomised controlled trial (2009)
Wall, M., Hayes, R., Moore, D.G., Pettigrew, M., Clow, A., Schmidt, E., Draper, A., Lock, K., Lynch, R. and Renton, A. 2009. Evaluation of community level interventions to address social and structural determinants of health: a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 9 (207), p. 1.
The social aspects of food and nutrition (2009)
Gustafsson, U. and Draper, A. 2009. The social aspects of food and nutrition. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 22 (2), pp. 87-88.

2007

Improving food provision in a Guyanese home for the elderly: a participatory approach (2007)
Hewitt, G., Draper, A., Ismail, S. and Patterson, S. 2007. Improving food provision in a Guyanese home for the elderly: a participatory approach. Public Health Nutrition. 10 (6), pp. 552-558.

2006

The nutritional vulnerability of older Guyanese in residential homes (2006)
Hewitt, G., Ismail, S., Patterson, P. and Draper, A. 2006. The nutritional vulnerability of older Guyanese in residential homes. West Indian Medical Journal. 55 (5), pp. 334-339.

2005

A compilation of energy costs of physical activities (2005)
Vaz, M., Karaolis, N., Draper, A. and Shetty, P. 2005. A compilation of energy costs of physical activities. Public Health Nutrition. 8 (7A), pp. 1153-1183.
Public understanding of food risks in four European countries: a qualitative study (2005)
Green, J., Draper, A., Dowler, E., Fele, G., Hagenhoff, V., Rusanen, M. and Rusanen, T. 2005. Public understanding of food risks in four European countries: a qualitative study. European Journal of Public Health. 15 (5), pp. 523-527.
An evaluation of participatory methods for research with hard-to-reach groups (2005)
Draper, A., Mitchell, J., Newton, P., Gustafsson, U., Green, J. and Thorogood, N. 2005. An evaluation of participatory methods for research with hard-to-reach groups. Fare Choice. 33 (2), p. 4.

2004

The principles and application of qualitative research (2004)
Draper, A. 2004. The principles and application of qualitative research. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 63 (4), pp. 641-646.
Researching food habits: methods and problems (2004)
Draper, A. 2004. Researching food habits: methods and problems. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 17 (5), pp. 485-486.

2003

Short cuts to safety: risk and 'rules of thumb' in accounts of food choice (2003)
Green, J., Draper, A. and Dowler, E. 2003. Short cuts to safety: risk and 'rules of thumb' in accounts of food choice. Health, Risk & Society. 5 (1), pp. 33-52.

2002

Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk (2002)
Draper, A. and Green, J. 2002. Food safety and consumers: constructions of choice and risk. Social Policy and Administration. 36 (6), pp. 610-625.

2001

Lay perceptions of risk in relation to food safety and BSE in the UK: preliminary findings (2001)
Draper, A., Dowler, E. and Green, J. 2001. Lay perceptions of risk in relation to food safety and BSE in the UK: preliminary findings. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 45 (supplement 1), p. 544.

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