Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Dietary Activity and Research
Annalijn Conklin is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Dietary and Activity Research (CEDAR). Annalijn’s current research will examine the social-level factors influencing dietary behaviour among older-age populations, with a policy interest in better designing and evaluating interventions to prevent and manage chronic illness. In particular, her PhD research aims to examine broader social level factors that constrain choices and impact on an individual’s ability to act on choices. Her current PhD project will use novel approaches to examine how social factors predict individual variations in diet behaviours using data from the EPIC-Norfolk study.
Over the past four years, Annalijn was a policy Analyst (Health and Healthcare) at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organisation in Cambridge, UK. She has interned in the Globalisation, Trade and Health Unit of the World Health Organization (Geneva), working on health and foreign policy, and the gender dimensions of trade and health. She has a strong background in the social determinants of health and has completed diverse health projects on cross-cutting policy topics, such as human rights and research ethics, impact assessments in patient safety and environmental tobacco, complex evaluation, European obesity strategy, etc. At RAND, Annalijn contributed to 28 collaborative projects and was recently the Administrative Coordinator for a European project with 10 partners in 7 countries on developing and validating disease management evaluation methods and metrics (€3.4m value). She has worked on projects for the European Commission, UK Department of Health and National Audit Office, Shering-Plough, Bupa and Bertelsmann Foundation.