Older adults' food choice and dietary intake


Contact Dr Hannah Ensaff to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The UK’s ageing demographic brings social and economic challenges, particularly related to the healthcare of the growing older population. Research gaps have been identified in ‘active and healthy ageing’, and nutrition has been highlighted as critical in its contribution to older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Physiological, psychosocial, and economic changes that may accompany ageing, can influence food choice and act as barriers to a healthy diet in later life. Given the role of nutrition in healthy ageing and the growing older population, this PhD looks to better understand the food choice and dietary intake of older adults (living independently in the community).

Using a mixed methods approach, the work will look to inform effective strategies to improve diet and nutrition in later life. Existing national datasets will be used to investigate older adults’ dietary intake and food choice behaviour. Qualitative data will be collected and analysed to explore older adults’ perceptions, perspectives and practices relating to their food choice and dietary behaviour.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant science subject such as nutrition, dietetics, psychology or another related discipline with a keen interest in nutrition and applying mixed methods in interdisciplinary research.

Applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills. Experience in quantitative data analysis would be advantageous although this is not essential. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Older adults' food choice and dietary intake' as well as Dr Hannah Ensaff as your proposed supervisor.
We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk