Dr Zoë Bell

Department of Nutritional Sciences, King’s College London

Mentor: Prof Seeromanie Harding

Project title: Food and insecurity and health in the first 1,001 days

Zoë’s postdoctoral fellowship builds on her doctoral research exploring the experience of food insecurity on health amongst women and children. Her doctoral research identified that the voices of those during and after pregnancy are missing from the UK evidence base, despite recognition that giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities. This fellowship will allow Zoë to interview those experiencing food insecurity during and after pregnancy. It also facilitates Zoë to run a series of creative workshops to co-produce a comic with women portraying their everyday experience and vision for a future; a comic to be shared with key stakeholders. 

During this fellowship, Zoë will undertake a collaborative placement with Lambeth Council’s Health Determinants Research Collaboration (HDRC), Lambeth HEART. This placement will 1) help to strengthen knowledge-exchange between researchers and policymakers, and 2) help to build on this preliminary research undertaken in Lambeth, to move towards prevention and intervention to improve the health of Lambeth’s residents.

Zoë will use this funding to further disseminate the findings of her doctoral research through publications and build her network and research skills by attending conferences and training courses.