Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate







171Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus





Allison Gaines is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, focusing on food policy and the sustainability of the packaged food supply. She is an active member and Journal Club Committee co-leader in the MRC Centre for Environment and Health. She has a professional background in healthcare application management, product design and computer science. She holds an MSc from University of Oxford in Global Health Science and a BSc from Cornell University in Information Science, Systems and Technology.

PhD Topic: Integrating health and greenhouse gas emission metrics for packaged foods to promote sustainable diets

Primary supervisor: Bruce Neal, Executive Director at The George Institute for Global Health Australia

Secondary supervisor: Paul Elliott, Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine, Imperial College London



Coyle DH, Huang L, Shahid M, et al., 2022, Socio-economic difference in purchases of ultra-processed foods in Australia: an analysis of a nationally representative household grocery purchasing panel, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Vol:19, ISSN:1479-5868

Roca-Barcelo A, Gaines AM, Sheehan A, et al., 2021, Making academia environmentally sustainable: a student perspective, The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol:5, ISSN:2542-5196, Pages:E576-E577

Gaines A, Shahid M, Huang L, et al., 2021, Deconstructing the supermarket: systematic ingredient disaggregation and the association between ingredient usage and product health indicators for 24,229 Australian foods and beverages, Nutrients, Vol:13, ISSN:2072-6643, Pages:1-14

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