Can food purchase data inform us about food intake, food security and food sustainability?


Contact Professor Janet Cade to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

This project will explore the potential for linking food purchase data with food intake measures and health data.

Poor dietary habits place major health, social and economic burdens on societies. In addition to direct relationships between the nutritional quality of the diet and health; we also plan to explore associations with environmental sustainability. This project will have implications for both health and food security strategies. It aims to demonstrate that linkage between food purchases, food intake and health data is possible.

Through developing and applying skills in data analytics, you will explore links between costs of food purchases and diet quality and develop and pilot an approach to link food intake with purchases in relation to food security and diet sustainability.

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area.

How to apply

To apply please take a look at our available projects and complete an online application form (University of Leeds webpage)
Please note that all applications will come through the University of Leeds in the first instance, however the location of the PhD will be as stated in the project description.

  • For ‘Application type’ select ‘Research Degrees – Research Postgraduate’
  • For ‘Planned Course of Study’ select ‘Integrated PhD Data Analytics and Society’
  • Enter ‘CDT Data Analytics and Society’ in the ‘Research Area’ section along with the reference number and title of the project or projects you wish to apply for. (you can apply for multiple projects using the same application form)
  • Include a statement of motivation. Identify your preferred project and explain why it interests you and how your current qualifications and skills map onto the requirements for your chosen project
  • Include a CV and transcripts of your first degree as well as certificate for any English language qualifications.
  • Please contact your referees and ask them to complete our recommendation form and to return these directly to Eleri Pound (CDT Manager) by email or post.