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Grace Gardner
Research Associate



Grace is a Research Associate in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and is passionate about improving the health and well-being of children through their diets. She has a keen interest in food system regeneration towards one which optimises health and the environment. Grace’s PhD research focused on exploring parental views of the Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign, one year after it was launched. She also completed an in-depth exploration of stakeholder views of primary school food across the socio-economic spectrum in Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the submission of her PhD, Grace spent three months as an embedded researcher within Newcastle City Council’s Public Health department. She worked closely with a range of stakeholders who are directly involved in school food provision, to examine ways of improving the school food offering across Newcastle.


  • BSc (Hons) - Food Marketing and Nutrition, Newcastle University
  • PhD - Population Health Sciences, Newcastle University

Departmental roles

  • Member of the Contract Research Forum



Grace currently works on a large interdisciplinary programme called FixOurFood, which aims to transform the food system in Yorkshire. Grace’s work has a particular focus on ‘Regenerative Healthy Eating for Young Children’.


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External activities


  • Grace sits on the Holiday Activities and Food Programme Steering committee at York City Council

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Dr Grace Gardner
Research Associate