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)

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

Dr Mialon is a Research Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. Her research is funded by an « Applying Research into Policy and Practice Fellowship » from the Irish Health Research Board. She is also a honorary Research Fellow at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Dr Mialon serves as an expert for various health and consumers organisations. She currently works with the World Health Organization (WHO), Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

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

Dr Mialon has published peer-reviewed articles 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 published a book « Big Food & Cie » 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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