Newcastle University in Singapore

Staff Profile

Dr Lourdes Santos-Merx

Director of Operations (FHN)



AfN Reg Nutritionist (Public Health)

PhD in Psychology

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Assistant Professor 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 European Nutrition Leadership Platform Alumni Association


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:

   Human Nutrition in Health and Disease (coordinator)

   Sports and Exercise Nutrition (coordinator)

   Advanced Nutrition in Practice

   Integrating Food and Human Nutrition

   Plants for Food and Medicinal Usage

   Contemporary Issues in Food and Nutrition

   Project and Dissertation




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