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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Louise is a public health scientist with an interest in physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and the evaluation of interventions. She joined the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in 2013 as a Career Development Fellow, working on a natural experimental evaluation of the health effects of a new urban motorway. Following that she completed a fellowship at CEDAR exploring the effects of interventions on multiple behaviours within their temporal and spatial context. Prior to joining CEDAR Louise completed a MA at the University of Western Ontario, examining potential mechanisms for exercise as a treatment for depression; and a PhD at the University of Auckland, examining aspects of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children. Louise spent five years working as a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Innovation, primarily involved in the conduct of pragmatic randomised controlled trials.


Louise is currently working as a quantitative researcher as part of the Global Diet and Activity Research Group and Network ( She is leading a natural experimental evaluation of a new supermarket in Kisumu, Kenya; and a mixed-method systematic review exploring factors associated with travel behaviour in Africa and the Caribbean.

Career Development Fellow
Dr Louise  Foley

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