Dr Phillip Baker



Research Fellow - Grade 2


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2013
Master of Health Science, University of Auckland, 2008
Bachelor of Science, University of Auckland, 2005


+61 3 924 68870


Dr Baker is a Research Fellow at Deakin University, and a member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He holds a PhD from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, and a Masters of Health Science (Nutrition, with first class honors) from the University of Auckland. His research focuses on understanding the inter-linkages between food systems change, nutrition transition, public health and sustainability, and on informing governance, policy and programming actions to prevent undernutrition, obesity, and non-communicable diseases in Australia and internationally. Dr Baker is a member of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report. He has led a number of World Health Organization funded projects on nutrition policy and governance. He was recently a fellow of the Lancet Commission on Obesity.

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He has appeared many times in online media, including in The Conversation. Phillip recently delivered a TedX talk - The politics of food: Who influences what we eat?


Public Health Association of Australia
Nutrition Society of Australia
World Public Health Nutrition Association


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The global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change: the Lancet Commission report

Boyd Swinburn, Vivica Kraak, Steven Allender, Vincent Atkins, Phillip Baker, Jessica Bogard, Hannah Brinsden, Alejandro Calvillo, Olivier De Schutter, Raji Devarajan, Majid Ezzati, Sharon Friel, Shifalika Goenka, Ross Hammond, Gerard Hastings, Corinna Hawkes, Mario Herrero, Peter Hovmand, Mark Howden, Lindsay Jaacks, Ariadne Kapetanaki, Matt Kasman, Harriet Kuhnlein, Shiriki Kumanyika, Bagher Larijani, Tim Lobstein, Michael Long, Victor Matsudo, Susanna Mills, Gareth Morgan, Alexandra Morshed, Patricia Nece, An Pan, David Patterson, Gary Sacks, Meera Shekar, Geoff Simmons, Warren Smit, Ali Tootee, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Wilma Waterlander, Luke Wolfenden, William Dietz

(2019), Vol. 393, pp. 791-846, Lancet, London, Eng., C1


Historical developments and paradigm shifts in public health nutrition science, guidance and policy actions: a narrative review

Ella Ridgway, Phillip Baker, Julie Woods, Mark Lawrence

(2019), Vol. 11, pp. 1-22, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Trade and nutrition policy coherence: a framing analysis and Australian case study

Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Deborah Gleeson, Anne-Marie Thow, Ronald Labonte

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 2239-2337, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Processed foods and nutrition transition in the Pacific: regional trends, patterns and food system drivers

K Sievert, M Lawrence, A Naika, P Baker

(2019), Vol. 11, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Generating political commitment for ending malnutrition in all its forms: a system dynamics approach for strengthening nutrition actor networks

P Baker, A Brown, K Wingrove, S Allender, H Walls, K Cullerton, A Lee, A Demaio, M Lawrence

(2019), pp. 1-15, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1


An expos of the realpolitik of trade negotiations: implications for population nutrition

S Friel, P Baker, A Thow, D Gleeson, B Townsend, A Schram

(2019), Vol. 22, pp. 3083-3091, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1


The untenable role of "junk food" in a healthy and sustainable food system

Michalis Hadjikakou, Phil Baker

(2019), pp. 158-169, Healthy and Sustainable Food System, London, UK, B1


Galvanizing political commitment in the UN Decade of Action for Nutrition: Assessing commitment in member-countries of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

P Fracassi, K Siekmans, P Baker

(2019), Food Policy, C1


What drives political commitment for nutrition? A review and framework synthesis to inform the United Nations decade of action on nutrition

Phillip Baker, Corinna Hawkes, Kate Wingrove, Alessandro Demaio, Justin Parkhurst, Anne Thow, Helen Walls

(2018), Vol. 3, pp. 1-14, BMJ global health, London, Eng., C1


Addressing trade policy as a macro-structural determinant of health: the role of institutions and ideas

H Walls, P Baker, J Parkhurst

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 94-101, Global social policy, London, Eng., C1


Stigmatizing images in the media - a cross-national survey

K Sievert, T Lobstein, P Baker

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 407-410, Clinical obesity, Chichester, Eng., C1


Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes: the potential for cardiovascular health

K Backholer, P Baker

(2018), Vol. 12, Current cardiovascular risk reports, New York, N.Y., C1


Generating political priority for regulatory interventions targeting obesity prevention: an Australian case study

P Baker, T Gill, S Friel, G Carey, A Kay

(2017), Vol. 177, pp. 141-149, Social science and medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage 'lifestyle drift'?

G Carey, E Malbon, B Crammond, M Pescud, P Baker

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 755-761, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


What enables and constrains the inclusion of the social determinants of health inequities in Government policy agendas? A narrative review

P Baker, S Friel, A Kay, F Baum, L Strazdins, T Mackean

(2017), Vol. 6, International journal of health policy and management, Kerman, Iran, C1


Food systems transformations, ultra-processed food markets and the nutrition transition in Asia

P Baker, S Friel

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 1-15, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1-1


Global trends and patterns of commercial milk-based formula sales: is an unprecedented infant and young child feeding transition underway?

P Baker, J Smith, L Salmon, S Friel, G Kent, A Iellamo, J Dadhich, M Renfrew

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 2540-2550, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Trade and investment liberalization, food systems change and highly processed food consumption: a natural experiment contrasting the soft-drink markets of Peru and Bolivia

P Baker, S Friel, A Schram, R Labonte

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 1-13, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1


The role of trade and investment liberalization in the sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages market: a natural experiment contrasting Vietnam and the Philippines

A Schram, R Labonte, P Baker, S Friel, A Reeves, D Stuckler

(2015), Vol. 11, pp. 1-13, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1-1


What can causal process tracing offer to policy studies? A review of the literature

A Kay, P Baker

(2015), Vol. 43, pp. 1-21, Policy studies journal, London, Eng., C1-1


Strengthening Trade and Health Governance Capacities to Address Non-Communicable Diseases in Asia: Challenges and Ways Forward

P Baker, A Kay, H Walls

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 310-323, Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, London, Eng., C1-1


Processed foods and the nutrition transition: evidence from Asia

P Baker, S Friel

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 564-577, Obesity reviews, London, Eng., C1-1


Trade and investment liberalization and Asia's noncommunicable disease epidemic: a synthesis of data and existing literature

P Baker, A Kay, H Walls

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 1-20, Globalization and health, London, Eng., C1-1


Doing health policy research: how to interview policy elites

P Baker

(2013), pp. 309-317, When culture impacts health: global lessons for effective health research, London, Eng., B1-1


Youth manifesto on non-communicable diseases

S Kishore, K Siegel, A Ahmad, A Aitsi-Selmi, M Ali, P Baker, S Basu, A Bitton, G Bloomfield, G Bukhman, E Emery, A Feigl, K Grepin, M Huffman, K Kajana, S Khandelwal, K Kolappa, C Liu, N Lokhandwala, V Marwah, M Mwatsama, N Novak, S Nundy, P Park, C Perez, M Price, N Rapkin, H Rice, B Seligman, S Shah, J Da Silva, D Sridhar, D Stuckler, R Vedanthan, J Zaman

(2011), Vol. 6, pp. 201-210, Global heart, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Equity, food security and health equity in the Asia Pacific region

S Friel, P Baker

(2009), Vol. 18, pp. 620-632, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, Wellington, Vic., C1-1


Role of gut microbiota in Crohn's disease

P Baker, D Love, L Ferguson

(2009), Vol. 3, pp. 535-546, Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol, England, C1-1


Weighing it up: the missing social inequalities dimension in Australian obesity policy discourse.

A Olsen, J Dixon, C Banwell, P Baker

(2009), Vol. 20, pp. 167-171, Health Promot J Austr, Australia, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Reforming evidence synthesis and translation for food and nutrition policy

Prof Mark Lawrence, Dr Phillip Baker, Prof Tony Worsley, Prof Sarah McNaughton

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2020: $14,501
  • 2019: $110,410

Other Public Sector Funding

Responding to Indonesia's growing double burden of malnutrition

Dr Phillip Baker, Prof Mark Lawrence, Prof Tony Worsley, Dr Paige van der Pligt, Dr Judhiastuty Februhartanty, Dr Hera Nurlita

  • 2020: $9,826
  • 2019: $9,826


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