Dr Duika Burges Watson
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- Address: Institute of Health and Society
21 Claremont Place
Newcastle upon Tyne
Dr Duika L.Burges Watson core research interests are in inter-disciplinary approaches to food and well-being – from source to senses. From the ‘source’, her research focus is the impact of neoliberal globalisation, ‘big food’ and alternative food networks; with a concern for how a changing food environment is understood in public health and policy. With the ‘senses’ she draws on insights from sensory ethnography and new neurological and scientific approaches to multi-modal flavour perception, she considers the implications and potential benefits of applying new understandings in health fields. She leads an expanding research network investigating the lived experience of ‘altered eating’. Altered eating (AE) refers to a “changed state of any combination of physical, emotional and social interactions with food and eating that has a negative impact on health and wellbeing” (Burges Watson et al, 2018). She was principle investigator on the NIHR/RfPB funded project Resources for Living which was the first major investigation into the effect of living long term with eating difficulties for survivors of head and neck cancer.
Roles and Responsibilities
Duika is Lecturer at Newcastle University based in the Institute of Health and Society and leads Master’s modules on Global Health in the Anthropocene and Health and Society.
PhD Health Geography: Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia.
- 2008- 2017 Lecturer in the Evaluation of Policy Interventions, Centre for Public Policy and Health, Durham University
- 2005-2008 Research Associate/Senior Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
- 2003 –2005 School of Geography, Sociology and Politics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Tutor
- 2001 Department of Asian Languages and Studies, University of Tasmania, Australia: Teaching assistant
- 2000- 2001 Program Co-ordinator, Ten Days on the Island, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Australia
- 1995- 2000 Program Co-ordinator, Salamanca Arts Centre, Tasmania, Australia
- 1990-1991 Intern, United Nations, Geneva and New York
Area of expertise
- Food: from source to senses
- Fellow, Institute of British Geographers/Royal Geographical Society
- RGS-IBG Food Geographies Working Group
- Indonesian (working proficiency)
- PhD Helen Carter, Altered Eating and Primary Sjögren's Syndrome: co-supervision with Vincent Deary (Northumbria University)
- PhD Marjolaine Ryley, Time, Image, Archive: Auto-ethnographic Photographic Practice in the Investigation of North East Gardening Communities: co-supervision with Uta Kogelsberger
- PhD Jemma Mcready, Altered Eating and Autism in children: co-supervision with Vincent Deary (Northumbria University)
Duika is a Director of the Station Masters' Community Wildlife Garden and Yoga Station: not for profit community initiatives that promote health and well-being through social innovation.
With Johanna Wadsley she was recipient of the 2012 Neville Schulman Challenge Award with the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers for the project Hugging the Coast - exploring liminal living and seaweed farming in the Sanghei archipelago (because she is fascinated by seaweed). The project was documented in photograph, film , in curriculum resources for teachers and as a case study on the impact of climate change on the coast as part of Openlearn at Open University.
- 2017 ESRC Impact Accelerator Award additional funding £750, Resources for living with altered eating difficulties
- 2016 Head of School Award, £880, Travel bursary for Smell/Taste Training Workshop, Prof Thomas Hummel, Dresden, Germany
- 2016 ESRC Impact Accelerator Award, £10,000, Resources for living with altered eating difficulties
- 2016 Wolfson small grant, Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health special interest group, £2000
- 2015 Wolfson small grant, Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health special interest group, £2000
- 2013 -2016 NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme, £249562 Resources for Living (R4L) Pilot: Exploring the Potential of Progressive Cuisine for Quality of Life Improvement for Head and Cancer Survivors
- 2014 Wolfson small grant, Culinary Innovation, the Senses and Health special interest group, £2000
- 2012 Unltd Social Enterprise Award: Star People, £15,000. The Yoga Station, Whitley Bay (Director) Not for profit.
- 2012 Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Neville Schulman Challenge Award, £10,000, Hugging the Coast: An exploration by sea kayak of liminal living in the Sangihe Archipelago, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, Burges Watson D (PI) and Wadsley J
- 2011 Beacon £5000 For: Playing with food: patient and public involvement in head and neck cancer research, Burges Watson D (PI), and Dr Sue Lewis
- 2011 Wolfson Blue Skies Award £2000 For: Development of a patient and public involvement strategy for head and neck cancer research, Burges Watson D (PI), and Dr Sue Lewis
- 2011 Community Spaces, National Lottery award £50,000. Station Master's Community Wildlife Garden (Chair 2011-2017)
A core focus of my current research is on 'altered eating' which we have defined as ' a changed state of any combination of environmental, physical, emotional and social interactions with food and eating that has a negative impact on health and wellbeing”. With Professor Vincent Deary at Northumbria University we lead a research network aiming to test and develop our Altered Eating (AE) framework, tool and interventions as a trans-diagnostic approach across areas where eating difficulties or changes go almost unrecognised as a chronic concern. The AE approach was developed through NIHR-funded research with head and neck cancer survivors. The approach is now being employed to consider food and eating in relation to the exposome, in connection with a range of chronic illnesses such as Sjogren's syndrome and Parkinson's disease, and in connection with a 'source to senses' approach to food and eating in the anthropocene.
Food from source to senses, alternative food networks, food policy, knowledge exchange, wider engagement and patient and public involvement, critical geographies and qualitative methods in health research.
HSC8007: Global Health in the Anthropocene
Module Leader: Dr Duika L. Burges Watson
Lecturers: Prof Ted Shrecker, Prof Andy Large, Dr Andrew Law, Dr Mark Booth, Prof Tiago Moreira
It is now widely argued that humanity has entered a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – characterised by the unprecedented scale, scope and interactions of multiple human impacts on the biosphere. The importance of the concept and associated challenges have been underscored by the 2015 report of the Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health (. Climate change is the most familiar of these impacts, but it is far from the only one, and understandings of what the concept of the Anthropocene means for health policy, global health and global justice are still evolving. Like the Lancet Commission, this module uses the Anthropocene as a ‘window’ into broader issues related to the connections between environment and health, introduces students to the relevant bodies of research evidence, and offers them the opportunity to apply understandings of that evidence to specific challenges in research design, policy development and public health practice.
Steffen, W., Broadgate, W., Deutsch, L., Gaffney, O., & Ludwig, C. (2015). The trajectory of the Anthropocene: The Great Acceleration. The Anthropocene Review, 2,81-98. Online:
Whitmee, S. et al. (2015). Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–LancetCommission on planetary health. The Lancet, 386, 1973-2028. Online:
Zalasiewicz, J., Williams, M., Steffen, W., & Crutzen, P. (2010). The New World of the Anthropocene. Environmental Science & Technology, 44,2228-2231. Online:
Editorial board of Cities and Health (2017). Cities and health: an evolving global conversation. Cities & Health, 1,1-9. Online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23748834.2017.1316025
Sassen, S. (2016). What is Behind the New Migrations: A Massive Loss of Habitat. Deterritorial Investigations (Video). Online:
Haines, A. (2017). Addressing challenges to human health in the Anthropocene epoch - an overview of the findings of the Rockefeller/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. International Health, 9,269-271
Logan, A.C., Prescott, S.L., Haahtela, T. and Katz, D.L., 2018. The importance of the exposome and allostatic load in the planetary health paradigm. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 37(1), p.15.
- Burges Watson DL, Lewis S, Bryant V, Patterson J, Kelly C, Edwards-Stuart R, Murtagh MJ, Deary V. Altered eating: a definition and framework for assessment and intervention. BMC Nutrition 2018, 4, 1-10.
- Cartner H, Hackett K, Burges Watson DL, Deary V. Oral health: A broader psychosocial approach. British Dental Journal 2018, 224(3), 123-123.
- BurgesWatson DL, Cooper C. Visceral Geographic Insight through a Source to Senses Approach to Food Flavour. Progress in Human Geography 2018. Submitted.
- Campbell M, Smith M, Fielden A, BurgesWatson DL, Deary V. Weight cycling as altered eating- a structured, narrative review to contextualise weight cycling and chronic dieting within a new theoretical framework. Clinical Psychology Review 2018. Submitted.
- Brooks S, Burges Watson DL, Draper A, Goodman M, Kvalvaag H, Wills W. Chewing on choice. In: Abbot A-J; Anna Lavis A, ed. Why We Eat, How We Eat: Contemporary Encounters between Foods and Bodies. London and New York: Routledge, 2016, pp.149-169.
- Burges Watson DL, Schrecker T. Politics for food security and climate changes. In: Section Editor: Pasquale Ferranti; Editor-in-Chief: Geoffrey Smithers, ed. Reference Module in Food Science. Elsevier, 2016.
- Burges Watson D, Adams J, Azevedo L, Haighton C. Promoting physical activity with a school-based dance mat exergaming intervention: qualitative findings from a natural experiment. BMC Public Health 2016, 16, 609.
- Lie MLS, Murtagh MJ, Burges Watson D, Jenkings KN, Mackintosh J, Ford GA, Thomson RG. Risk communication in the hyperacute setting of stroke thrombolysis: an interview study of clinicians. Emergency Medicine Journal 2015, 32(5), 357-363.
- Azevedo LB, Burges Watson D, Haighton C, Adams J. The effect of dance mat exergaming systems on physical activity and health - related outcomes in secondary schools: results from a natural experiment. BMC Public Health 2014, 14, 951.
- Burges Watson DL, Sanoff R, Mackintosh JE, Saver JL, Ford GA, Price C, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Conwit R, Grace A, Murtagh MJ. Evidence from the Scene: Paramedic perspectives on involvement in out-of-hospital research. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012, 60(5), 641-650.
- Adams J, Halligan J, Burges Watson D, Ryan V, Penn L, Adamson AJ, White M. The Change4Life Convenience Store Programme to Increase Retail Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation. PLoS One 2012, 7(6), e39431.
- Burges Watson D, Moreira T, Murtagh M. Little bottles and the promise of probiotics. Health:An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 2009, 13(2), 219-234.
- Farnworth A, Robson SC, Thomson RG, Burges Watson D, Murtagh MJ. Decision support for women choosing mode of delivery after a previous caesarean section: A developmental study. Patient Education and Counseling 2008, 71(1), 116-124.
- Burges Watson D, Stratford E. Feminizing risk at a distance: critical observations on the constitution of a preventive technology for HIV/AIDS. Social & Cultural Geography 2008, 9(4), 353-371.
- Burges Watson D, Thomson R, Murtagh M. Professional centred shared decision making: Patient decision aids in practice in primary care. BMC Health Services Research 2008, 8, 5.
- Burges Watson D. Public health and carrageenan regulation: a review and analysis. Journal of Applied Phycology: Proceedings of the International Seaweed Symposium 2008, 20(5), 505-513.
- Burges Watson, D. 5 a day the seaweed way. The Food Magazine 2007, (76), 15.
- Burges Watson D, Murtagh MJ, Lally JE, Thomson RG, McPhail S. Flexible therapeutic landscapes of labour and the place of pain relief. Health and Place 2007, 13(4), 865-876.
- Burges Watson D. Tourism. In: Critchley, AT; Ohno, M; Largo, DB, ed. World Seaweed Resources: an authoritative reference system. Wokingham, UK: ETI Information Services, 2006.
- Burges Watson D. What's in a name? - to grow seaweed in Savu, you've got to name it. In: Critchley, AT; Ohno, M; Largo, DB, ed. World Seaweed Resources: an authoritative reference system. Wokingham, UK: ETI Information Services, 2006.
- Burges Watson D. Book Review: Van Loon, J. (2003) Risk and Technological Culture: Towards a Sociology of Virulence, Routledge, London, New York. Health, Risk & Society 2005, 7(1), 93-100.
- Burges Watson D. Australian technology for Philippine open-water seacage project. Austasia Aquaculture 2000, 14, 42-45.
- Burges Watson D. Seaweed farming in Indonesia: what opportunities for Australia?. Austasia Aquaculture 1999, 12, 52-54.