Dr Clare Pettinger
Lecturer in Public Health Dietetics
School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health)
- Public health dietetics
- Public health nutrition
- Food insecurity
- Food justice
- Food systems and sustainability
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Actively engaged in community-focussed research around food systems, poverty and social justice.
2021 (Feb) Principal Investigator (Plymouth workpackage) for 5 year national consortium project led by University of Reading (Chief investigator Prof Carol Wagstaff) 'Co-producion of healthy, sustainable food systems for disadvantaged communities'. £6million funded by UK Research and Innovations (UKRI) Strategic Priorities fund
Previously (2015-2018) led the 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' (FLM) project (British Academy funded), exploring creative methods to engage 'marginalized' communities in food activities to enhance their health, well-being and life skills. See publications and link: FLM project See recent documentary film: Food on the margins in Plymouth (produced by Fotonow CIC, funded via Creative Associates award from Sustainable Earth Institute)
Completed research fellowship (2017) to evaluate the initial stages of the Thrive Plymouth (4-4-54) 10 year inequalities programme, which led to my winning the CAHPR Public Health Research award. Previously led a comprehensive process evaluation of the Cities of Service 'Grow, Share, Cook' project in Plymouth (2016). Historically, on research team for an exploratory and developmental trial of a family centred nutrition intervention delivered in Children's centres and the home environment (UCL/UoP collaboration, 2012).
I believe strongly that new creative approaches are required to tackle current local (and global) health and social well-being challenges.
Passionate about Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, I frequently act as an advocate for my professions by exchanging knowledge with students, individuals and communities, and offering expert consultancy on sustainable healthy eating and food related issues to the media and local/regional networks. I am also an active member of the Food Plymouth partnership, and lead on the Food Equality (poverty) aspect of their action plan.
I am an enthusiastic 'sustainability advocate' involved in promoting environmentally sustainable diets for nutrition professionals and Allied Health Professioinals (worked with British Dietetic Association to co-produce One Blue Dot campaign & AHP sustainability advisory group). I won highly commended for a 2017 SSTAR award for sustainability in the curriculum.
1999 BSc Hons Nutrition & Dietetics, Glasgow Caledonian University (2i)
2004 PhD Public Health Nutrition, University of Nottingham "A comparison of the influences on food choice in Southern France and Central England"
2007 Post Graduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Health & Care Professions Council - Registered Dietitian
Association for Nutrition - Registered Nutritionist (Public Health)
Member of British Dietetic Association (BDA)
Public Health Nutrition Network (BDA specialist group)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (from 2008)
Roles on external bodies
Director of Food Plymouth CIC (from 2014-2016). Currently lead Health and Wellbeing (food equality/poverty focus) action for Food Plymouth
Strategic Lead Plymouth Food Equality Project
Sunflower Recovery Project steering group (2016-2019)
Advisory panel for Food Research Collaboration (from March 2018-2020)
Main teaching responsibilities include Undergraduate (Dietetics) and PostGraduate (Human Nutrition):
'Food choice'/access; Public Health Nutrition; Environmentally Sustainable Diets; Food Systems; Inequalities, food (in)security, poverty adn inequalities; Epidemiology; Research skills
Staff serving as external examiners
Previously external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University (2013-17) Masters in Public Health Management
My research falls into two broad fields:
Current - leadership roles and advocacy for dietitians and Allied Health Professionals for sustainability and food systems
Previous - Exploring the importance of 'sustainability principles' for dietetic practice and how to streamline these into the dietetic curriculum
Supporting students with Specific Learning Difficulties on placement
Dietetics, Human Nutrition & Health
Keen interest in participatory creative and visual methodologies, and use of knowledge exchange and 'Public Engagement', making research more accessible to diverse audiences
Grants & contracts
1. Public Health Nutrition
Community grants (Food Power) 2018-2020 to run Food Equality Project
Food Plymouth (Sustainable Food Places) grant holder (2020)
Recently completed (2017) British Academy/Leverhulme small grant (£10K) to evolve the creative methods used in the 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' (FLM) to turn these into solutions for engaging individuals through food activities.
2015 (April) £3K Plymouth City Council - independent evaluation 'Grow Share Cook'
2010 £1500 Dept Health local - evaluation consultancy 'Food Cultures'
Plymouth University internal funding bids:
2014 (March) £5K - ISSR small collaborative award - food as a 'lifestyle motivator'
2015 (Jan) £1K - IHC pump priming grant
2015 - 2020 - annual award funding success to host ESRC Festival of Social Science food event
2014 (Jan) £19K Inclusivity Development project 'creating an interactive toolkit for supporting health profession students with Specific learning difficulties on placement
2016 (June) £4500 PedRIO Teaching Innovation fund 'exploring importance of sustainability principles for dietitians.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Other academic activities
Marketing and Admissions tutor for BSc(Hons) Dietetics programme - Values Based Recruitment
Actively engaged in communication activities that promote (nutritional and sustainable) health and wellbeing of students and staff in the University and other local sectors and communities
Have acted as peer reviewer for various journals: e.g. Appetite; Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics; Public Health Nutrition
Invited reviewer for Department of Health Policy Research Programme
Mother of twin boys (Clyde and Jago), born July 2011
Music and performance: The Singing Dietitian (YouTube); lead vocalist in 9 piece soul/funk band The Cuckoo Collective; 4 female a capella group The Q-dettes ; Trustee for Plymouth Music Zone; art and craft; cooking; fund-raising; running , wild swimming...