Preeti Dhuria is a registered Public Health nutritionist at the Medical Research Council, Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre.
- Public Health Nutrition
- Food Environment
- Food Policy
- Responsibility for healthy choices
- Health inequalities
My current research focus is on strategies to improve food environments and reduce health inequalities.
I work as project manager of a large NIHR Public Health Research Programme funded research study WRAPPED (Women’s Responses to Adjusted Product Placement and its Effects on Diet). WRAPPED is a natural experiment being conducted in collaboration with a national UK supermarket chain and is examining the impact of healthier product placement on women’s dietary habits and purchasing patterns. As part of this role, I manage the day to day running of the project, oversee data collection, process evaluation tasks, collaborate with external research partners and disseminate study findings. I have also set up a sub-study, collecting and analysing qualitative interview data about the disruptions the COVID19 pandemic had on women’s shopping and eating patterns.
I was awarded a prestigious University of Southampton Presidential Scholarship in 2019 to conduct a doctoral research study. My PhD uses a variety of qualitative research methods to understand the responses of customers, retailers, health representatives, enforcers, and policymakers on the upcoming Food (Promotions and Placement) Regulation 2022. This research will offer insight into the intended and unintended consequences of this landmark legislation and could help to highlight future food policy refinements.
External roles and responsibilities
Since 2007, I have been involved in a number of different projects at the University of Southampton. I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Human Nutrition, to develop a nutrition e-learning programme to enhance the competence of the public health workforce. I have also worked at NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre to develop and manage a community initiative to reduce vitamin D deficiency in Black and Minority Ethnic Communities locally.
I completed my Masters in Food and Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India and worked in various roles in academia, food industry and community settings.
- Presidential Scholarship (2019)
- Public Policy Southampton, New Things Fund (2022)