Hannah Forde

Dr Hannah Forde


Hannah is a Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson.

Hannah Forde

Hannah completed an undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, and holds a Masters in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health from the University of Bristol. In 2021, Hannah completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD research, funded by Public Health England and the University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, explored changes in soft drinks marketing in response to the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy. During her PhD, Hannah also completed an internship at the UK Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where she reviewed the use of trade theory in analyses.

In April 2021, Hannah was appointed Research Associate in the Population Health Interventions programme at the MRC Epidemiology Unit. She is a member of the Governance, Ethics, and Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network and the Systems Evaluation Network. Hannah also supervises MPhil students in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care.

Hannah’s research is concerned with making the food system – the network of activities involved in the production, processing, and sales of food and drinks – healthier and fairer for population and planetary health. She is principally interested in researching ways to change the practices of multinational companies that dominate the food system, and usually produce less healthy, ultra-processed foods.

Hannah is currently a Research Associate in The Mandala Consortium. The Mandala Consortium aims to transform the urban food system, focusing on the city of Birmingham. Hannah is conducting mixed-methods research to map the food system and evaluate interventions that seek to make food healthier, fairer, and less harmful to the environment. The Consortium brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick, Exeter, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The research is being funded through the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), and it is part of the £47.5M Transforming the UK Food System for Healthy People and a Healthy Environment SPF programme. Prior to her current role, Hannah conducted qualitative research at the MRC Epidemiology Unit to understand the potential impact of the UK Government’s new restrictions on television advertising and online marketing for unhealthy foods.

What's on

Professor Helle Porsdam

Humanities Society: Science as a Cultural Human Right

24/05/2022 at 17.45

Join Professor Helle Porsdam for an evening talk which focuses on the right to science – a little known but potentially powerful human right.

Ellie Bladon, PhD student in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Science Society: Parental care: an evolutionary case of “use it or lose it”

27/05/2022 at 17.45

Phenotypic plasticity enables animals to flexibly adjust their behaviour to their social environment – sometimes through the expression of adaptive traits that have not been exhibited for several generations. The ability to revive these ‘ghosts of adaptations past’ could prove beneficial for populations living in a changing world.

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Working on Your Dissertation

28/05/2022 at 10.00

This workshop will cover several aspects of formatting and proofreading a dissertation.

Kill or Cure poster

Art exhibition: 'Kill or Cure'

28/05/2022 at 10.00

Lethal or life-giving? Wolfson's exciting contemporary art exhibition explores the potential of animals, plants, and substances from the natural world to ‘Kill’ and/or ‘Cure’ (open to the public Saturday and Sundays, 10am - 5pm).

Daniel Phillips playing violin and Victor Wang playing Piano

Music Society Lunchtime Concert: Daniel Phillips & Victor Wang

28/05/2022 at 13.30

Join us live in the Lee Hall for an hour-long lunchtime concert of violin and piano, performed by Daniel Phillips and Victor Wang.