Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Vicki McGowan

Research Associate

Background

Vicki has a BSc (Hons) in Medical Anthropology; an MA in Research Methods (Anthropology); and a PhD in Medical Anthropology (2015), all from Durham University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the impact of school meal legislation on child body mass index from 1908 to 2010; supervised by Professor Gillian Bentley (Anthropology), Dr Louisa Ells (Teesside University) and Dr Michael Nelson (formerly, Children's Food Trust).

Vicki joined the Institute of Health and Society in March 2017 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate.  Her research interests focus on inequalities and the social determinants of health. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of legislation on child health; such as the use of school meals and holiday feeding programmes to address child malnourishment.  

Vicki is currently working on a national NIHR School for Public Health Research project to understand the impact of community control on health and well-being.  She is also working with colleagues in Fuse to develop an evaluation plan for Darlington Healthy New Towns; an NHS England initiative which aims to shape the health of communities by working with housing developers to rethink how health and care services can be delivered.  

Follow Vicki on twitter @drvjmcgowan




Research

Research Interests:

  • Health inequalities 
  • Food poverty
  • Child malnourishment (obesity/underweight)
  • Impact of legislation on child health
  • School meals
  • Holiday hunger
  • Qualitative/Quantitative methodology


Funding:

ESRC CASE (1+3) Studentship (2009-2014): Policy in Perspective: Assessing the impact of school meal legislation on child malnourishment (£93,160). 


Professional activities:

Chair Researchers' Network Committee: NIHR School for Public Health Research (2016-17).

North East Obesity Forum (NEOF) Organising Committee. 

All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food.

School liaison: outreach programme, Department of Anthropology, Durham University (2012-14).

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) Ambassador (2010-14).

Researcher in Residence: Harton Technology College (2010-11).


Teaching

I am happy to supervise students with an interest in child health, inequality, school meals and holiday hunger. 

Publications