Dr Vicki McGowan
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0191 208 8251
- Address: Institute of Health and Society
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Sir James Spence Institute
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Newcastle upon Tyne
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).
She 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.
She is currently leading the evaluation of 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. She also works on several health inequalities projects funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research.
Follow Vicki on twitter @drvjmcgowan
- Health inequalities
- Food poverty
- Child malnourishment (obesity/underweight)
- Impact of legislation on child health
- School meals
- Holiday hunger
- Qualitative/Quantitative methodology
ESRC CASE (1+3) Studentship (2009-2014): Policy in Perspective: Assessing the impact of school meal legislation on child malnourishment (£93,160).
Chair Researchers' Network Committee: NIHR School for Public Health Research (2016-18).
North East Obesity Forum (NEOF) Organising Committee.
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).
TeachingI am happy to supervise students with an interest in child health, inequality, school meals and holiday hunger.
- McGowan VJ, Wistow J, Lewis SJ, Popay J, Bambra C. Identifying pathways to health improvement in a resident-led area-based empowerment initiative in England: Evidence from the Communities in Control study. Journal of Public Health 2018. In Preparation.
- Roberts KE, Ells LJ, McGowan VJ, Machaira T, Targett VC, Allen RE, Tedstone AE. A rapid review examining purchasing changes resulting from fiscal measures targeted at high sugar foods and sugar-sweetened drinks. Nutrition and Diabetes 2017, 7, 302.
- Ells LJ, Atkinson G, McGowan VJ, Hamilton S, Waller G, Harrison S. Intermittent fasting interventions for the treatment of overweight and obesity in adults aged 18 years and over: A systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports 2015, 13(10), 60-68.
- Ells LJ, Roberts K, McGowan VJ, Machaira T. Sugar Reduction: The evidence for action. Annexe 3: A mixed methods review of behaviour changes resulting from marketing strategies targeted at high sugar food and non-alcoholic drinks. 2015.
- Graham L, Lewis C, Defeyter G, Euwola Y, McGowan VJ, Finnegan C. Filling the holiday hunger gap: Statement paper from the All Party Parliamentary Group on School Food. Manchester: Association for Public Service Excellence, 2014.
- McGowan VJ, Ells LJ, Bentley GR. School meals in the UK: Dinner ladies and the resistance movement to junk food. In: Annual meeting of the Human Biology Association. 2010, Albuquerque: American Journal of Human Biology.
- McGowan VJ, Ells LJ, Bentley GR. Historical relationship of nutritional quality of UK school meals to overweight and obesity in children. In: Annual meeting of the Human Biology Association. 2009, Chicago: American Journal of Human Biology.
- McGowan VJ. School meals policy in the UK: History, changes, and effects on overweight and obesity in children. In: REDAM - Medical Network of Anthropology. 2009, Tarragona, Spain.