Working Group on Sustainable Diets
The ANH Academy Technical Working Group on Sustainable Diets is a group of experts in agriculture, environmental or physical science, nutrition and/or health research, with a particular focus on methods and metrics in sustainable diets.
Sustainable diets research is a relatively new field, and as yet there has been little synthesis of evidence or sharing of knowledge as to best practices. Metrics used tend to focus on greenhouse gas emissions as a means of quantifying environmental impacts, but other measures such as land use change and water footprints have also begun to emerge. Methods for devising or modifying diets tend to involve variations on optimisation models such as linear programming, and these methods have their limitations.
This Working Group will assess these metrics and methods in detail, with the aim of producing a technical brief that will serve as a guide to research in this area.
News from the group
Dr. Rosemary Green, Lecturer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/ LCIRAH (maternity leave)
Dr. Edward Joy, Research Fellow in Nutrition and Sustainability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine/ LCIRAH
Lukasz Aleksandrowicz, PhD Researcher, LSHTM
Dr. Tara Garnett, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food; Food Climate Research Network
Dr. Alfred Gathorne-Hardy, Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Dr. Andrew Jones, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan
Dr. Jennie Macdiarmid, Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen
Dr. Elin Roos, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
The group is supported by Sofia Kalamatianou, Research Assistant, LSHTM, and Dr. Suneetha Kadiyala, LSHTM, Principal Investigator for the IMMANA project.
The Group will focus its work on the development, synthesis and sharing of innovative research methods and approaches to sustainable diets.
To advance knowledge and scientific understanding among the global research community of methods and metrics relating to sustainable diets.
• To review the metrics, tools, definitions and software platforms currently used in sustainable diets research.
• To produce a summary of current gaps and challenges related to these metrics.
• To suggest additional metrics that might help quantify the impacts of diets on the environment, and new/refinements to existing methods that would help make research in this area more robust and/or replicable.
• To identify needs and opportunities for extending research on sustainable diets in low and middle income countries
The group will meet regularly over the period of one year at the end of which it will produce a technical brief, to be presented at the Annual Conference in June.