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Dr Miranda Blake

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Position

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Health & Social Dev

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2019
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Monash University, 2014
Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Monash University, 2012

Contact

miranda.blake@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68487

Biography

Miranda is an Alfred Deakin Post-doctoral Research Fellow within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

Miranda leads a research program within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail EnvironmentS for Health (RE-FRESH) network of researchers and policy makers. Her research focuses on the implementation of healthy food retail initiatives and policies, with a particular interest in evaluating and leveraging diverse stakeholder perspectives to support initiatives. Miranda's research approach uses novel and mixed methods and embeds knowledge translation, including by engaging with partners, such as Nutrition Australia, VicHealth, local governments, and the Victorian Department of Health, in all stages of research.

Miranda is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, an Institute for Health Transformation-Nutrition Australia Partnership Liaison, chair of the Dietitians Australia Food Regulation and Policy Advocacy Working Group, and member of the Nourish Network Advisory Committee.

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Biography summary

Miranda is an Alfred Deakin Post-doctoral Research Fellow within the Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention. Miranda leads a research program within the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail EnvironmentS for Health (RE-FRESH) network of researchers and policy makers on the implementation of healthy food retail policies.

Career highlights

2021 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2018 Institute for Health Transformation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2018 VicHealth Award; Promoting healthy eating: "Sport and Recreation Healthy Eating in the West" - In partnership with Wyndham City Counci

2014 University Medal for undergraduate academic achievement; Monash University

2012 Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement; Monash University

2012 Dux of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics; Monash University

Research interests

Food policy
Healthy food retail
Commercial determinants of health
Obesity prevention
Implementation science

Affiliations

Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Dietitians Australia

Professional activities

Team Lead, Nourish Network Local Government Food Policy Research Action Team

Member of Nourish Network Advisory Committee (NNAC)

Chair, Food Regulation and Policy Advocacy Working Group, Dietitians Australia

Associate Editor, Public Health Nutrition

Research groups

Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE)

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Food Retail Environments for Health (REFRESH)

Awards

2022 Young Achiever Award; Dietitians Australi

2018 VicHealth Award; Promoting Healthy Eating: "Sport and Recreation Healthy Eating in the West" – with Wyndham City Council

2018 VicHealth Award; Finalist- Research In Action "The business case for healthy food retail”

2016 Australian Health Economics Society Doctoral Workshop, best student presentation

2016 ICD LEAP travel grant; Dietitians’ Association of Australia

2015-18 Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD scholarship; Monash University; $86,000

2015-17 Bright Sparks Top-up Scholarship; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute; $18,000

2015 Monash University postgraduate epidemiology student award; Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA)

2014 University Medal for undergraduate academic achievement; Monash University

2013 Wilson Clay/Hoover Prize, Best research poster award; International Lactation Consultant's Association

2013 Monash Global Scholarship; Monash University; $4,000

2012 Sir John Monash Medal for Outstanding Achievement; Monash University

2012 Dux of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics; Monash University

2009-12 Academic Merit Scholarship; Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; $24,000

Projects

Key projects include:

Promoting CHANGE (Community Health, and Nutrition and Government Engagement) to promote healthy food environments in local government-owned facilities

Water in Sport initiative to reduce the availability of sugary drinks in sporting facilities

Systems Thinking Approach for Retail Transformation (START) map which supports researchers and health promotion practitioners to identify key opportunities and points of tension in the implementation of healthy food retail initiatives

Publications

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2022

Factors Influencing Implementation, Sustainability and Scalability of Healthy Food Retail Interventions: A Systematic Review of Reviews

A Gupta, L Alston, C Needham, E Robinson, J Marshall, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, C Huggins, A Peeters

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1-18, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Cost-Benefit and Cost-Utility Analyses to Demonstrate the Potential Value-for-Money of Supermarket Shelf Tags Promoting Healthier Packaged Products in Australia

J Ananthapavan, G Sacks, L Orellana, J Marshall, E Robinson, M Moodie, M Blake, A Brown, R Carter, A Cameron

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1-18, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article

Change in the Healthiness of Foods Sold in an Australian Supermarket Chain Following Implementation of a Shelf Tag Intervention Based on the Health Star Rating System

A Cameron, A Brown, L Orellana, J Marshall, E Charlton, W Ngan, J Ananthapavan, J Isaacs, M Blake, G Sacks

(2022), Vol. 14, pp. 1-12, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1

journal article
2021

Retailer-led healthy pricing interventions: A pilot study within aquatic and recreation centres in Victoria, Australia

O Huse, L Orellana, M Ferguson, C Palermo, A Jerebine, C Zorbas, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, A Peeters, J Brimblecombe, M Moodie, K Backholer

(2021), Vol. 36, pp. 430-448, Health Promotion International, England, C1

journal article

Benchmarking Food and Beverage Companies on Obesity Prevention and Nutrition Policies: Evaluation of the BIA-Obesity Australia Initiative, 2017-2019

E Robinson, M Blake, G Sacks

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 857-870, International journal of health policy and management, Iran, C1

journal article

Implementing a healthy food retail policy: A mixed-methods investigation of change in stakeholders' perspectives over time

M Blake, T Boelsen-Robinson, L Hanna, A Ryan, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 2669-2680, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

The effect of front-of-package labels or point-of-sale signage on consumer knowledge, attitudes and behavior regarding sugar-sweetened beverages: A systematic review

A Gupta, N Billich, N George, M Blake, O Huse, K Backholer, T Boelsen-Robinson, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 79, pp. 1165-1181, Nutrition Reviews, United States, C1

journal article

Mapping factors associated with a successful shift towards healthier food retail in community-based organisations: A systems approach

T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, A Brown, O Huse, C Palermo, N George, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 101, Food Policy, C1

journal article

The 'Eat Well @ IGA' healthy supermarket randomised controlled trial: process evaluation

M Blake, G Sacks, C Zorbas, J Marshall, L Orellana, A Brown, M Moodie, C Ni Mhurchu, J Ananthapavan, F Etilé, A Cameron

(2021), Vol. 18, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, England, C1

journal article

Business outcomes of healthy food service initiatives in schools: A systematic review

C Thorpe, T Boelsen-Robinson, A Cameron, M Blake

(2021), Vol. 22, Obesity Reviews, England, C1

journal article

Evaluating the implementation and customer acceptability of a sugar-sweetened beverage reduction initiative in thirty Australian aquatic and recreation centres

T Boelsen-Robinson, A Jerebine, A Kurzeme, B Gilham, O Huse, M Blake, K Backholer, A Chung, A Peeters

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 5166-5175, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Favorable Commercial and Health Behavior Impacts of a Healthy Vending Policy at an Australian University

M Blake, A Peeters, C Livaditis, A Cameron

(2021), Vol. 121, pp. 2201-2209.e14, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, United States, C1

journal article

A Proposed Research Agenda for Promoting Healthy Retail Food Environments in the East Asia-Pacific Region

A Cameron, E Reeve, J Marshall, T Scapin, O Huse, D Riesenberg, D Jeyapalan, S Demaio, F Watson, R Kupka, K Correa, M Blake, K Backholer, A Peeters, G Sacks

(2021), Vol. 10, pp. 267-281, Current Nutrition Reports, United States, C1

journal article
2020

Recreation centre managers' perceptions of pricing interventions to promote healthy eating

Oliver Huse, Christina Zorbas, Alethea Jerebine, Ari Kurzeme, Miranda Blake, Megan Ferguson, Claire Palermo, Anna Peeters, Liliana Orellana, Julie Brimblecombe, Marj Moodie, Kathryn Backholer

(2020), Vol. 35, pp. 682-691, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Food retail environments in greater melbourne 2008-2016: Longitudinal analysis of intra-city variation in density and healthiness of food outlets

C Needham, L Orellana, S Allender, G Sacks, M Blake, C Strugnell

(2020), Vol. 17, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Switzerland, C1

journal article

The long-term effectiveness and acceptability of the retailer-led removal of unhealthy drinks from display in a self-service café

A Ryan, O Huse, M Blake, T Boelsen-Robinson, K Noble, A Peeters

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1832-1837, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Policies influencing the provision of healthy food and drinks in local government-owned sport and recreation facilities in Victoria, Australia

D Riesenberg, M Blake, T Boelsen-Robinson, A Peeters, A Cameron

(2020), Vol. 44, pp. 240-244, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

An integrated modelling approach examining the influence of goals, habit and learning on choice using visual attention data

M Blake, S Dubey, J Swait, E Lancsar, P Ghijben

(2020), Vol. 117, pp. 44-57, Journal of business research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

A narrative review of economic constructs in commonly used implementation and scale-up theories, frameworks and models

B Vicki, T Huong, B Miranda, L Rachel, M Marj

(2020), Vol. 18, Health Research Policy and Systems, England, C1

journal article
2019

Implementing healthy food policies in health services: a qualitative study

Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Miranda Blake, Kathryn Backholer, Janitha Hettiarachchi, Claire Palermo, Anna Peeters

(2019), Vol. 76, pp. 336-343, Nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Sugar-sweetened beverage price elasticities in a hypothetical convenience store

M Blake, E Lancsar, A Peeters, K Backholer

(2019), Vol. 225, pp. 98-107, Social Science and Medicine, England, C1

journal article

The frequency and magnitude of price-promoted beverages available for sale in Australian supermarkets

C Zorbas, B Gilham, T Boelsen-Robinson, M Blake, A Peeters, A Cameron, J Wu, K Backholer

(2019), Vol. 43, pp. 346-351, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australia, C1

journal article

Investigating business outcomes of healthy food retail strategies: a systematic scoping review

M Blake, K Backholer, E Lancsar, T Boelsen-Robinson, C Mah, J Brimblecombe, C Zorbas, N Billich, A Peeters

(2019), Vol. 20, pp. 1384-1399, Obesity Reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Price promotions by food category and product healthiness in an Australian supermarket chain, 2017-2018

Devorah Riesenberg, Kathryn Backholer, Christina Zorbas, Gary Sacks, Anna Paix, Josephine Marshall, Miranda Blake, Rebecca Bennett, Anna Peeters, Adrian Cameron

(2019), Vol. 109, pp. 1434-1439, American journal of public health, Washington, D.C., C1

journal article
2018

Retailer-led sugar-sweetened beverage price increase reduces purchases in a hospital convenience store in Melbourne, Australia: a mixed methods evaluation

M Blake, A Peeters, E Lancsar, T Boelsen-Robinson, K Corben, C Stevenson, C Palermo, K Backholer

(2018), Vol. 118, pp. 1027-1036.e8, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The effect of sugar-sweetened beverage price increases and educational messages on beverage purchasing behavior among adults

Miranda Blake, Emily Lancsar, Anna Peeters, Kathryn Backholer

(2018), Vol. 126, pp. 156-162, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

The effect of sugar-sweetened beverage front-of-pack labels on drink selection, health knowledge and awareness: An online randomised controlled trial

N Billich, M Blake, K Backholer, M Cobcroft, V Li, A Peeters

(2018), Vol. 128, pp. 233-241, Appetite, England, C1

journal article

Healthy Eating in the West- Follow-up evaluation: City of Wyndham

Miranda Blake, Angela Ryan, Anna Peeters

(2018), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2017

The effect of a change to healthy vending in a major Australian health service on sales of healthy and unhealthy food and beverages

T Boelsen-Robinson, K Backholer, K Corben, M Blake, C Palermo, A Peeters

(2017), Vol. 114, pp. 73-81, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2016

The effect on drink sales of removal of unhealthy drinks from display in a self-service café

O Huse, M Blake, R Brooks, K Corben, A Peeters

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 3142-3145, Public Health Nutrition, England, C1

journal article

Validity and reliability of the Bristol Stool Form Scale in healthy adults and patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome

M Blake, J Raker, K Whelan

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 693-703, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, England, C1

journal article

A mixed-methods impact evaluation of the feasibility of an initiative in small rural stores to improve access to fruit and vegetables

C Palermo, B Gardiner, C Gee, S Charaktis, M Blake

(2016), Vol. 22, pp. 545-553, Australian Journal of Primary Health, Australia, C1

journal article

Socioeconomic inequalities in diet quality: from identifying the problem to implementing solutions

A Peeters, M Blake

(2016), Vol. 5, pp. 150-159, Current nutrition reports, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article
2013

Can small stores have a big impact? A qualitative evaluation of a store fruit and vegetable initiative

B Gardiner, M Blake, R Harris, C Gee, S Charaktis, C Choong, R Lade, L Duff, C Palermo

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 192-198, Health promotion journal of Australia, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Infant food marketing strategies undermine effective regulation of breast‐milk substitutes: trends in print advertising in Australia, 1950-2010

J Smith, M Blake

(2013), Vol. 37, pp. 337-344, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Capacity building health promotion practitioners to implement healthy food retail initiatives

Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Miranda Blake, Mr Andrew Brown, Prof Anna Peeters

NHMRC TAPPC (Sax Institute) Seed Funding Grant

  • 2021: $5,000

Promoting CHANGE (Community Health And Nutrition, and Government Engagement): a Randomised Controlled Trial to accelerate healthy food retail in local government settings

Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Prof Anna Peeters, Mrs Jaithri Ananthapavan, Dr Helena Romaniuk, Prof Steven Allender, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Dr Luke Wolfenden, Dr Emma McMahon

NHMRC - Partnership Project

  • 2022: $16,911

Other Public Sector Funding

Evaluation Support Water in Sports Initiative 2017-2020 Proj ID: 27136

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Dr Dominique Condo, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson

VicHealth

  • 2021: $20,000
  • 2020: $89,144
  • 2019: $100,000
  • 2018: $100,000

Food swamps, deserts or swampy deserts? Do regional Victorian children have access to healthy food retail? Does this influence weight status, dietary intake and wellbeing

Dr Claudia Strugnell, Dr Cindy Needham, Prof Liliana Orellana, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Miranda Blake, Ms Jane Jacobs, A/Prof Gary Sacks

VicHealth Partnerships for Impact Research Grant

  • 2022: $30,000
  • 2021: $150,000

A rapid review of international examples of sustainable change to food environments in public institutions, for the prevention of childhood overweight and obesity.

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Shaan Naughton

VicHealth Grant - Research

  • 2020: $30,000

Accelerating the implementation of healthy food and drink policies in Retail Outlets.

Prof Anna Peeters, Ms Victoria Hobbs, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Dr Adyya Gupta

Department of Health and Human Services - Victoria

  • 2020: $25,000

Healthy and sustainable cities: tool for assessing local government food policy

A/Prof Gary Sacks, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Dr Miranda Blake, Dr Belinda Reeve, Prof Steven Allender, Dr Karen Anderson, Prof Timothy Skinner, Dr Davina Mann

VicHealth Impact Research Grant

  • 2021: $90,000

Developing a research agenda to support improvement in urban food retail environments in LMICs from the Asia Pacific Region.

A/Prof Adrian Cameron, A/Prof Gary Sacks, Ms Josephine Marshall, Mr Oliver Huse, Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Kathryn Backholer, Prof Anna Peeters

VicHealth

  • 2021: $15,432

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report