Staff profile - Mark Lawrence

Prof Mark Lawrence

Position: Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92443789 +61 3 92443789
Email: mark.lawrence@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Mark is a Professor in Public health nutrition at Deakin University, Australia. He has 30 years experience working in food policy at local, state, national and international levels. Mark's research interests focus on food policy and food systems and over the past few years he and his colleagues have secured over $6.5 million in category 1 research grants to investigate policy and regulatory approaches for food security and sustainability. Mark is also actively involved in analysing the politics and science of policymaking associated with obesity prevention, food labelling and food fortification.

Mark teaches at postgraduate level in food policy and food regulation, and is the coordinator of the University's postgraduate public health nutrition programme. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and has published widely including the research books: 'Food fortification; the evidence, ethics, and politics of adding nutrients to food', 2013, Oxford University Press, and 'Public health nutrition: from principles to practice', 2007, Allen & Unwin. Mark is a technical advisor to the WHO, a member of Food Standards Australia New Zealand's Public Health Dialogue, the Australian Department of Health's Nutrient Reference Values Advisory Committee, and a former member of the Australian NHMRC's Dietary Guidelines Working Committee.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne, 1978
  • Master of Science, University of London, 1991
  • Graduate Diploma (Nutrition & Dietetics), Flinders University, 1984
  • Graduate Diploma in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Melbourne, 1998
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2003


Memberships

Member Dieticians Association Australia,Member Public Health Association of Australia

Affiliations

• World Public Health Nutrition Association (previous Secretary General)
• Public Health Association of Australia (previous Convenor of Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group)
• Nutrition Australia
• Nutrition Society of Australia
• Dietitians Association of Australia
• Australian Public Health Nutrition Academic Collaboration


Academic

Teaching Interests

Public health nutrition

Food Policy

Food systems

Critical analysis of policy-making


Subjects and units currently teaching

Unit Chair HSN706 Food Policy and Public Health

Unit Chair HSN727 Advanced Public Health Nutrition


Currently supervises 1 Honours and 7 PhD students


Conferences and seminars

Selected conference presentations (last 5 years)

1. Invited speaker, ‘Integrating environmental sustainability into the Dietary Guidelines – The Australian experience’, University of Oxford, 28 June 2013.

2. Invited speaker, ‘Modelling the impact of climate change and environmental and environmental and resource constraints on food security and nutrition’, International symposium for the risk of climate change in food safety, 29 May 2013, Ansung, Kyounggi, Korea.

3. Invited speaker, ‘Risks and Benefits of Mandatory Folic Acid Fortification’, 6th Asian Conference on Food and Nutrition Safety, November 26-28 2012, Singapore

4. Invited Chair (Food, nutrition and obesity session), 2012 Population Health Congress, Adelaide

5. Invited chair: ‘Indigenous Health’, International Congress of Dietetics, 2012, Sydney.

6. Workshop organiser and presenter, ‘Food policy’, International Congress of Dietetics, 2012, Sydney.

7. Invited speaker, ‘The role of nutrient recommendations in devising food based dietary guidelines – the Australian and New Zealand experience.’, 5th Expert meeting EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned (EURRECA) Network of Excellence, European Commission, Budapest, June, 2011.

8. Chair (Food and nutrition policy session), International Society for behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10th Annual conference, Melbourne, June, 2011.

9. Chair (Policy session), 2nd World Public Health Nutrition Congress, Porto, September, 2010.

10. Invited speaker, Lawrence M. ‘Innovative food policy planning’, 2nd World Public Health Nutrition Congress, Porto, September, 2010.

11. Invited speaker, ‘Australian and Pacific policy position towards beverages’, 2nd World Public Health Nutrition Congress, Porto, September, 2010.

12. Invited speaker, Lawrence M. Panel Session: ‘Obesity: are the government and food industry doing enough to downsize Australian’s waistlines?’ Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology annual conference, Melbourne, July 2010.

13. Invited speaker, DAA annual conference, Melbourne, May 2010.

14. Invited co-chair, Lawrence, M. Special Lecture: World Public Health Nutrition Association, International Congress of Nutrition, Bangkok, 2009.

15. Invited participant, Lawrence, M. Prince Mahidol Award Conference, Mainstreaming Health into Public Policies, Bangkok, 2009.
 

Awards

Awards and prizes

1997  National Health and Medical Research Council, Public Health and Research Development Committee Scholarship (PhD candidature: 1997 - 2000)
1996  Invited Chair, Working Party: Health and Nutrition Claims, Codex Committee on Food Labelling, Ottawa
1995  National Food Authority Development Award 1995-96 (sponsored work placements at the US Food and Drug Administration and the UK Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food)

1991  Course Distinction (M.Sc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
1990 Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)-Public Health Fellowship (1990-3)


Research

Research interests

Marks research is primarily concerned with understanding and developing policies and programmes to protect and promote the nutritional health of populations.

His research interests focus on food policy and food systems and over the past few years he and his colleagues have secured over $6.5 million in category 1 research grants to investigate policy and regulatory approaches for food security and sustainability. Mark is also actively involved in analysing the politics and science of policymaking associated with obesity prevention, food labelling and food fortification


Research grants

1. Lawrence M, Swinburn B, Burns C, Mendelson D. ‘Victorian Food Policy Coalition’, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Grant program, 2013 – 14, $A170,000
2. Lawrence M, McConell K, Carey R. ‘The Victorian Food Systems Network’, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, 2013 – 14, $A100,000
3. Friel S, Lawrence M, Pearson D. Shrinking the food-print by creating consumer demand for sustainable and healthy eating. Australian Research Council Discovery project, 2013-2015 $A307,000
4. Carter R, Swinburn B, Moodie M, Allender S, Osborne R, Lawrence M, Vos T, Neal B, Peeters A, Brownell K. Centre of Research Excellence on Policy Research on Obesity and Food Systems, NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, APP1041020, 2012 – 2017, $A2,498,110

5. Lawrence M, Ryan C, Friel, Moodie M, Turner G. ‘Modelling policy interventions to protect Australia's food security in the face of environmental sustainability challenges’, Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP120100168, 2012-14, $A270,000 (ARC) and $255,000 (industry)
6. Lawrence M, Swinburn B, Burns C, Mendelson D. ‘Victorian Food Policy Coalition’, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Grant program, 20012 – 13, $A130,000
7. Yeatman H, Hughes R, Begley A, Coveney J, Friel S, Lawrence M, Gallegos D, Schubert L, Palermo C, Williams L, Margetts B, Tan L. ‘Curriculum renewal in public health nutrition’, ALTC, application number: PP10-1769 (Priority Projects), 2011-2013, $A187,000
8. Pollard C, Binns C, Kerr D, Weeramanthri T, Daly A, Lawrence M. ‘Food law, policy and communications to improve public health’, WA Healthway, 2011-2015, $A735, 607
9. Lawrence M, Swinburn B, Burns C, Mendelson D. ‘Victorian Food Policy Coalition’, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Grant program, 2009 – 12, $A390,000
10. Ryan C, Turner G, Lawrence M, Larsen K, Kilmartin C. ‘Victorian Food Supply Scenarios – Impacts on availability of healthy, nutritious and sustainable diets’, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Discovery grant, 2009-11, $A112,000
11. Burns C, Mavromaras K, Scott A, Gold L, Lawrence M. ‘Obesity Prevention Among Low Income Families: Economic and Strategic Modelling’, Australian Research Council Linkage Project, 2008-12, $A144,344
12. Swinburn B, Waters E, McCabe M, Carter R. (Lawrence as Team Investigator). ‘Obesity Prevention in Children and Adolescents’, National Health and Medical Research Council Capacity Building Grants in Population Health Research – Rounds 4 & 5, 2007 – 11, $A1,958,075
13. Loff B, Swinburn B, Crammond B, Lawrence M, Peeters A. ‘A comprehensive regulatory strategy for obesity prevention in Australia’, National Health and Medical Research Council Strategic Award: Preventive Healthcare and Strengthening Australia’s Social and Economic Fabric, 2007 – 12, $A761,184


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=lawrema


Publications

Publications

Selected recent publications

Books
1. Lawrence, M. (2013). Food fortification; the evidence, ethics and politics of adding nutrients      to food. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
2. Lawrence, M and A Worsley (eds) (2007). Public Health Nutrition: from principles to practice.  Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.

Book chapters

1. Turner, G, Larsen, K, Ryan, C and M Lawrence. (2013). Australian food security dilemmas—comparing nutritious production scenarios and their environmental, resource and economic tensions. In: Food Security in Australia, Q. Farmar-Bowers, V.Higgins, J.Millar (eds). London. Earthscan. 259-279.

2. Lawrence, M and B Swinburn (2010). The role of policy. Preventing childhood obesity: Evidence, policy and practice, E. Waters, B. Swinburn, R. Uauy, J. Seidell (eds). Wiley Blackwell. 203-211.

3. Lawrence, M. (2010). The food regulatory system – is it protecting public health and safety? In: Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability: New Challenges, Future Options. G.Lawrence, K.Lyons and T.Wallington (eds). London. Earthscan: 162-174.

4. Lawrence, M (2010). The potential of food regulation as a policy instrument for obesity prevention in developing countries. In: Obesity epidemiology: From aetiology to public health: 2nd edition. D. Crawford, R. Jeffery, K Ball and J Brug (eds). London, Oxford University Press: 336-352.

Peer-reviewed papers

1. Rayner, M., A. Wood, M. Lawrence, C. N. Mhurchu, J. Albert, S. Barquera, S. Friel, C. Hawkes, B. Kelly, S. Kumanyika, M. L'Abbé, A. Lee, T. Lobstein, J. Ma, J. Macmullan, S. Mohan, C. Monteiro, B. Neal, G. Sacks, D. Sanders, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn, S. Vandevijvere, C. Walker and Informas (2013). "Monitoring the health-related labelling of foods and non-alcoholic beverages in retail settings." Obesity reviews 14: 70-81.

2. Friel, S., Barosh, L., Lawrence, M. (2013). Towards healthy and sustainable food consumption: An Australian case study. Public Health Nutrition, 10.1017/S1368980013001523

3. Crammond B, Allender S, Peeters A, Lawrence M, Sacks G, Mavoa H, Swinburn B, Loff B. (2012). Possibility of Regulating For Obesity Prevention – Understanding Regulation in The Commonwealth Government, Obesity Reviews, DOI: 10.1111/obr.12004.

4. Kraak VI, Harrigan P, Lawrence M, Harrison P, Jackson M, Swinburn B. (2012). Balancing the benefits and risks of public-private partnerships to address the global double burden of malnutrition. Public Health Nutrition,15(3): 503-517.

5. Tapsell LC, Probst Y, Lawrence M, Friel S, Flood V, McMahon A, Butler R. (2011) Food and nutrition security in the Australia-New Zealand region: impact of climate change, World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, 102:192-200.

6. Burns, C, Kristjansson, B, Harris, G, Armstrong, R, Cummins, S, Black, A and Lawrence, M (2010) Community level interventions to improve food security in developed countries (Protocol), The Cochrane collaboration,12: 1-15, John Wiley and Sons, Oxford, England.

7. Lawrence, M., Chai, W., Kara, R., Rosenberg, I., Scott, J. Tedstone, A. (2009). Folic acid: to fortify or not to fortify? An examination of selected national policies towards mandatory folic acid fortification. Nutrition Reviews, 67(5): S73-S78.

8. Lawrence, M, Galal, O., Margetts, B., Yngve, A. (2009). Building global alliances for public health nutrition training. Nutrition Reviews, 67(5): S66-S68.

9. Sacks G, Swinburn B, Lawrence M (2009). Obesity Policy Action framework and analysis grids for a comprehensive policy approach to reducing obesity. Obesity Reviews, 10(1): 76–86.


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