Name: Amanda Karapici
Based at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Supervisors: Steven Cummins (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Daniel Lewis (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Project title: Simulating the impacts of complex local food system interventions on diet-related health using spatial agent-based models
Project summary: Inequalities in exposure to the local food environment have been implicated in the generation of inequalities in diet-related behaviours and outcomes, including obesity and diabetes. The unequal distribution of population health problems such as obesity, is increasingly seen as an emergent property of a complex system. Systems science methods, including agent-based and system dynamics modelling, are emerging as potentially useful tools for examining these complex processes. The project will explore the impact of interventions aimed at changing the local food system on individual diet. Using spatial agent-based models, a range of potential complex local interventions will be tested to encourage a healthier food environment and explore the likely impacts on diet-related environmental exposures and outcomes. Findings will generate evidence to inform relevant local and national UK public health policy around obesity.
Public engagement: Have presented my project and literature review to my colleagues.
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