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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Nigel Unwin is a part time Director of Research in Global Public Research at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, and a part time Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter. He also maintains a relationship with the University of the West Indies as an honorary Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research. 

Nigel is a public health physician, with track record in studying the burden, prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Much of this work has been in low and middle income country settings. Over the past 5 to 6 years he has led and collaborated on work into the relationships between aspects of food systems and health outcomes, particularly non-communicable diseases, in small island states in the Caribbean and Pacific.   


Current research includes: assessing the success and impact of policy measures for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across 20 Caribbean countries and territories; investigating health inequities in the Caribbean, particularly related to diabetes and CVD; using systems thinking and modelling to inform policy decision making around diabetes prevention and control; evaluating the impact of fiscal measures on diet, such as the tax on sugar sweetened beverages in Barbados, and elsewhere; and the feasibility of a short low calorie diet to improve diabetes control and in some to achieve remission of diabetes.

Director of Research in Global Public Health Research (Part-time: 20%), MRC-Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge.
Professor in Public Health and Epidemiology (Part-time: 20%), College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter.
Honorary Professor of Population Health Sciences, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, The University of the West Indies.
Professor Nigel  Unwin
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