Dr Clare Pettinger
Profiles

Dr Clare Pettinger

Lecturer in Public Health Dietetics

School of Health Professions (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)

Role

I am a Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) and experienced lecturer with a track record in 'food choice' research. With a developing interest in food poverty/justice and the 'future of food', I am currently leading a small scale research project 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' (FLM), which explores creative methods to engage 'marginalized' communities in food activities to enhance their health, well-being and life skills. See link: FLM project 

I have recently led a comprehensive process evaluation of the Cities of Service 'Grow, Share, Cook' project in Plymouth (see link below). I have also recently completed a research fellowship, working with Dr Katrina Bannigan, Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy to evaluate the initial stages of the Thrive Plymouth (4-4-54) 10 year inequalities programme. This culminated in the development of a new University led Public Health Forum (link available soon). Winner of CAHPR Public Health Research award (June 2017). I was was previously on the 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). 

Passionate about Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, I am an inspired and informed educator, frequently acting as an advocate for my two professions by sharing my knowledge with students and offering expert consultancy on sustainable healthy eating and food related issues to the media and local/regional networks. I believe strongly that new approaches are required to tackle current local (and global) health and social wellbeing challenges. 

I am a 'sustainability champion' and won highly commended for a 2017 SSTAR award for sustainability in the curriculum. I am also an active member of the Food Plymouth partnership (Food Plymouth CIC) and sit on various local strategic steering groups.

Qualifications

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

Professional membership

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

Accreditation Assessor for the Association for Nutrition

Food Plymouth (Plymouth Food Charter) Steering group. Director of Food Plymouth CIC (from 2014-2016)


Trevi House Project Sunflower steering group (from 2016)

Teaching interests

Main teaching responsibilities include Undergraduate (Dietetics) and PostGraduate (Human Nutrition):

'Food choice'/access; Public Health Nutrition; Inequalities, food (in)security and poverty; Epidemiology; Research skills


I also deliver Public Health Nutrition for other faculties

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a keen interest in enhancing student learning experiences. 

Nominated for SSTAR award (Feb 2017) for 'sustainability within the curriculum'



Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for Masters Nutrition & Public Health Management at Sheffield Hallam University (2013-2017)

Research interests

My research falls into two broad fields:


1. Public Health Nutrition
2. Pedagogy 

1. Public Health Nutrition          
    
(current) The 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' (FLM) project: Using Creative methods to explore food as a lifestyle motivator to enhance health, well-being and life-skills in marginalized communities.  Funded by ISSR, ESRC and British Academy

Evaluation of community food projects (cooking growing eating); community engagement (see Grow Share Cook evaluation report in publications)

Co-convener of IHC Public Health Forum

2. Pedagogy

(current) 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

Research Group(s)
Dietetics, Human Nutrition & Health

Grants & contracts

1. Public Health Nutrition

Current (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 (June) £1K to run ESRC Festival of Social Science food event

2016 (June) £1K to run ESRC Festival of Social Science food event

2. Pedagogy

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.


 

Research groups

  • Plymouth Inequalities Group

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Williamson S, McGregor-Shenton M, Brumble B, Wright B & Pettinger C 2017 'Deprivation and Healthy Food Access, Cost and Availability: A Cross-Sectional Study' Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics , DOI PEARL
Pettinger C, Parsons JM, Cunningham M, Withers L, D'Aprano G, Letherby G, Sutton C, Whiteford A & Ayres R 2017 'Engaging homeless individuals in discussion about their food experiences to optimise wellbeing: A pilot study' Health Education Journal , DOI PEARL
Watt RG, Draper A, Ohly HR, Rees GA, Pikhart H, Cooke L, Moore L, Crawley H, Pettinger C & McGlone P 2014 'Methodological development of an exploratory randomised controlled trial of an early years’ nutrition intervention: Cherry (Choosing Healthy Eating when Really Young)' Maternal Child Nutrition 10, 280-294
Hayter AKM, Draper AK, Ohly HR, Rees GA, Pettinger C, McGlone P & Watt RG 2013 'A qualitative study exploring parental accounts of feeding pre-school children in two low-income populations in the UK' Maternal and Child Nutrition doi: 10.1111/mcn.12017,
Ohly HR, Hayter A, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt RG & Rees GA 2013 'Developing a nutrition intervention in children's centres: exploring views of parents in rural/urban settings in the UK' Public Health Nutr 16, (8) 1516-1521 Author Site , DOI
Ohly H, Pealing J, Hayter AKM, Pettinger C, Pikhart H, Watt RG & Rees G 2013 'Parental food involvement predicts parent and child intakes of fruits and vegetables' Appetite 69, 8-14 Author Site , DOI
Pettinger C 2007 ''All under one roof?' differences in food availability and shopping patterns in Southern France and Central England' The European Journal of Public Health 18, (2) 109-114 , DOI
Pettinger C, Holdsworth M & Gerber M 2007 'Meal patterns and cooking practices in Southern France and Central England' Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 51, 308-309
Pettinger C, Holdsworth M & Gerber M 2006 'Meal patterns and cooking practices in Southern France and Central England' Public Health Nutrition 9, (8) 1020-1026
Pettinger C, Holdsworth A & Gerber A 2004 'Psycho-social influences on food choice in Southern France and Central England' Appetite 42, (3) 307-316
Chapters
Parsons J & Pettinger C 2017 '‘Liminal identities’ and power struggles, reflections on the regulation of everyday foodways at a homeless centre and the use of creative participatory research as a tool of empowerment and resistance' in Bleakley A; Lynch L; Whelan G Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts Dangerous Currents Cambridge Cambridge Scholars 171-189 Author Site Publisher Site
Pettinger C 2009 'Revisiting British Meals' in Meiselman HL Meals in Science and Practice: Interdisciplinary research and business applications Oxford Woodhead Publishing Ltd
Conference Papers
Pettinger C & Atherton E 2016 'Mainstreaming ‘sustainable food’ as a health issue? A workshop to share best practice in sustainable public health food policy' International Congress of Dietetics Granada Spain 07/09/2016 10/09/2016 PEARL
Pettinger C, Cunningham M, Parsons JM, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Whiteford A & Letherby G 2016 'USING CREATIVE METHODS TO ENGAGE ‘MARGINALIZED’ GROUPS IN FOOD/NUTRITION ACTIVITIES: A PLYMOUTH PILOT STUDY' International Congress of Dietetics Granada, Spain 07/09/2016 10/09/2016 PEARL
Pettinger C 2016 'Food narratives from women in recovery (from alcohol and substance abuse)' Critical Dietetics conference Granada 05/09/2016 06/09/2016 PEARL
Cunningham MJ, Pettinger C, Parsons J, Sutton C, Whiteford A, Ayres R, D'Aprano G, Withers L & Letherby G 2016 'EXPLORING RESIDING IN A HOMELESS HOSTEL IN THE UK THE USE OF ‘FOOD AS A LIFE-STYLE MOTIVATOR’ AMONGST HOMELESS PEOPLE: A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH PROJECT' 2016 - COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 15/06/2016 19/06/2016 PEARL
Burnett R, Hallam C, Kirby R, Ponting H, White N & Pettinger C 2016 'Exploring food experiences and challenges in traditionally hard-to-reach adults through a cross-sectional questionnaire' PEARL
Watt RG, Hayter A, Ohly H, Pikhart H, Draper A, Crawley H, McGlone P, Cooke L, Moore L & Pettinger C 2013 'An exploratory randomised controlled trial of a public health nutrition intervention delivered in children's centres in Islington and Cornwall' 100-100
Reports
Pettinger C & Bonney R 2016 Process Evaluation Cities of Service ‘Grow, Share, Cook’ Project Plymouth. Plymouth City Council Plymouth Author Site PEARL
Pettinger C & Whitelaw E 2012 Food Cultures: Growing Cooking Eating - An exploration of improving food practices in young men and older adults in Plymouth. Department of Health (SW); NHS; Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) Plymouth NA Author Site Publisher Site PEARL
Posters
Pettinger C, Bannigan K, Nelder R & Nnoaham K Pettinger C, Bannigan K, Nelder R & Nnoaham K 0 'Uncovering the complexity of workplace wellbeing using a cross-case analysis approach' 0 0 PEARL
Other Publications
Flint P, Pettinger C, schoen V, Segal R, Taylor R, Wheeler B & Williams C 2017 Using the Arts for Food Research and Dialogue. London Food Research Collaboration 0 0 Publisher Site PEARL

Other academic activities

Admissions tutor for BSc(Hons) Dietetics programme - Values Based Recruitment 

Actively engaged in activities that promote (nutritional and sustainable) health and wellbeing of staff in the University

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

Additional information

Personal interests:

Mother of twin boys (Clyde and Jago), born July 2011

Music and performance (was lead vocal in 9 piece soul/funk band www.thecuckoocollective.info; now sing in 4 female a capella group The Q-dettes https://www.facebook.com/Qdettes/); art and craft; cooking; fund-raising; walking, running, swimming...