About

Member:

  • World Public Health and Nutrition Association (WPHNA)
  • World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA)
  • European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
  • Société Française de Santé Publique (SFSP)
  • International Network for Food and Obesity/Non Communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS)

Peer reviewer:

  • BMJ
  • Cadernos de Saúde Pública
  • Critical Public Health
  • Drug and Alcohol Review
  • European Journal of Public Health
  • Global Health: Science & Practice
  • Globalization & Health
  • Global Public Health
  • International Journal of Health Policy and Management
  • Obesity Reviews
  • PLoS One
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Revista de Saúde Pública
  • Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • UNSCN Nutrition

Dr Mélissa Mialon is a food engineer with a PhD in nutrition.

She is a Research Fellow at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. She is also a honorary Research Fellow at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Dr Mialon is a consultant for various health and consumers organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Dr Mialon co-coordinates the « Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Intrest in Public Health » (GECI-PH) network.

Dr Mialon has published 37 peer-reviewed journal articles, including publications in the Lancet Planetary Health, Social Science and Medicine, Obesity Reviews, Globalization and Health, Addiction, and the International Breastfeeding Journal. She also published book chapters and participated in the writing of commissioned reports. She is publishing a book in French in October 2021.

Her research focuses on commercial determinants of health, particularly the practices used by corporations to influence public health policy, research and practice. Dr Mialon developed a novel approach to identify and monitor the political practices of the food industry at the national level. Her research protocol was developed for INFORMAS – a global network for monitoring food environments.

She also conducts research on solutions to address the influence of corporations on public health policy, research and practice.

In 2018-20, Dr Mialon was a FAPESP Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. As part of this project, she was a visiting fellow at the University of Antioquia (Colombia) and the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile, in 2019.

In 2016-17, Dr Mialon was part of the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG), University of York, in the UK, where she worked on a project funded by Wellcome and entitled: ‘The Alcohol Industry and Public Interest Science’.

Between 2013 and 2016, Dr Mialon undertook a PhD with the WHO Collaborating Centre for obesity prevention at Deakin University, in Australia. In 2015, she was a visiting research fellow at the Pacific Center for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (C-POND) in Fiji.

Before joining Deakin University, Dr Mialon obtained a BSc in physiology (2009) and a MSc in food science and engineering (2012) in her home country, France. During her MSc, she spent a year at the University College of Cork in Ireland (ERASMUS European exchange). She led a research project in a food biotechnology laboratory at Purdue University in the USA and was an intern for the charity Action Against Hunger in Paris, France, and for the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition in Geneva, Switzerland.

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