Newcastle University Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx

Assistant Professor



AfN Reg Nutritionist (Public Health)

PhD in Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Lecturer in Food & Human Nutrition

Dr Lourdes Santos Merx is a Nutritionist (University of Oporto, Portugal) with an interest in Eating Behaviour. Her PhD (University of Birmingham, UK) focussed on social and psychological aspects of meat avoidance behaviour. Lourdes’ postdoctoral research at the University of Minho (Portugal) was in eating disorders with an interest on the perception of food portions size. At that time Lourdes was also the nutritional adviser for students who showed signs of disordered eating behaviour as well as guest lecturer for two master programmes in clinical and public health nutrition.

Back in UK in 2002 Lourdes started lecturing at Leeds Trinity University in Nutrition and Health and among other duties she was the Programme Leader for a few BSc Nutrition based courses. Since September 2015, Lourdes is based at Newcastle University, on its Singapore Campus where she contributes to the delivery of the BSc Food and Human Nutrition.


·    Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) by the Association for Nutrition

·    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007

·    Member of the British Nutrition Society

·    Member of the Association for the Study of Obesity, UK and of the World Obesity Federation


Research interests:

◦       Eating disorders: body image perception; eating behaviour

◦       Perception of food portion sizes

◦       Development of food preferences in children

◦       Contrasting dietary intakes of different food cultures

◦       School food provision and nutritional interventions


Peer reviewer for Public Health Nutrition and Appetite


Several years experience in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Nutrition related modules and Eating Behaviour.

Currently contributing to the delivery of the BSc (Hons) Food and Human Nutrition:

    Nutrition Throughout the lifecycle (coordinator)

    Human Nutrition in Health and Disease (coordinator)

    Advanced Nutrition in Practice (contributor)

    Sports Nutrition and Exercise (contributor)

    Plants for Food and Medicinal Usage (contributor)