Experts in Sport: Improving global child health and nutrition

In this episode of the Experts in Sport podcast, Paula Griffiths (Professor of Population Health) and Emily Rousham (Professor of Global Public Health) sit down with host Martin Foster to discuss their research, focusing on the health and nutrition challenges that lower and middle-income countries experience.

The two, alongside their international research partners Dr Elizabeth Kimani-Murage and Rossina Pareja -, discuss recent case study projects in Kenya and Peru respectively. Together, they dissect their process of identifying each country’s barriers in terms of child health and mortality rates, as well as expressing the positive impact the research had across the two communities. 

Prof Griffiths and Prof Rousham also highlight future research plans within the field. 

Paula Griffiths is Professor of Population Health and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation (job share) School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. She is also honorary Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research focuses on inequalities in maternal and child health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries and community strategies to reduce these.  

As a Social Scientist she brings expertise to global development projects that facilitates the understanding of the social contexts in which people live and how these influence their behaviours and uptake of interventions designed to improve nutrition and health in populations living in resource poor settings. 

Emily Rousham is a Professor of Global Public Health. Her research includes maternal and child health, breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices, public health nutrition and strategies to tackle emerging global challenges such as the double burden of malnutrition and antimicrobial resistance. She has worked with partners in low- and middle-income countries including Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Peru and undertaken work on behalf of WHO, FAO and UNICEF.  

Listeners of the podcast can subscribe and download the latest episode by visiting iTunes, Spotify, and TuneIn. All subscribers will receive an alert once new episodes are published. 

The Experts in Sport podcast is a regular series that brings together experts from across Loughborough University with external thought leaders to discuss the latest research and hot topics in sport and academia with new episodes launched regularly. 


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: 23/101

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2023 QS World University Rankings – the seventh year running – and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2023, 10th in the Guardian University League Table 2023 and 11th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’, and in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 over 90% of its research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.