Places & communities programme, Health inequalities theme
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Omotomilola's interests include multidisciplinary methods that explore patterns of population health using primary and secondary data sources in particular maternal and child health, nutrition and health services research.
What has been your career journey so far?
As a student of both the health and social sciences, I have had opportunities to gain research experience in different academic, local and national contexts; and have been inspired by many - colleagues, mentors and teachers - who have generously shared of their knowledge and skills.
Why did you choose to do a PhD in public health research?
Public health research combines the chance to explore complex problems using multidisciplinary tools that can achieve impact at the population level. As an undergraduate student, I was intrigued by how ‘small’ actions could drive ‘big’ changes and am grateful to have an opportunity to learn more about it.
What is your research focused on?
My research is focused on the interaction between place and people – how people change food places and vice versa.
Why is it important?
A better understanding of the changing contexts of local food systems can inform the framing and design of effective policy and interventions to improve population health.
What do you like about being a part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research?
The NIHR School for Public Health Research is a platform for developing collaborative networks and expertise in applied research.
What skills have you learnt and/or are hoping to learn as part of your PhD?
Many! As part of my PhD, I am using a mixed methods approach to explore topical issues, of food and the movement of people, that spans across different disciplines. I am learning to ask questions, to think critically and manage the project (and myself) within the scope of the available resources.