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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr McCarthy is open to PhD applications in the areas of - nutrition and health - nutrition quality in sustainable agriculture and food production - nutrition and data informatics - nutrition and citizen science, engagement and behaviour


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Research Interests

Dr Danielle McCarthy comes to this position from an established career working across the Food, Pharmaceutical, Retail and Tech Industries.  She has previously held positions as Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline and Head of Nutrition at Sainsbury’s, a leading UK food retailer. Her industry expertise lies in the design and commercialisation of nutrition and health research, through new product and service development, communications and delivery of commercial health strategies. 


Her approach is highly integrative, working across sectors, skills and disciplines.


Danielle’s research explores citizen-centric approaches to improve societal health and wellbeing. Be the outputs educational resources, food products or services, digital tech inventions or community initiatives, the focus of her work is to understand how citizen engagement is integrated in the co-design and delivery of solutions to improve population health. She is passionate about having a multi-disciplinary, cross stakeholder approach to her research, connecting businesses & organisations, education centres and research institutes with citizens to ensure research outcomes are of most relevance, trusted, accessible and scalable.


Integrating data informatics as a route to future proofed food production and food behaviours is also an area of interest.


Current research projects include;

Daire: Derry/Londonderry as the nexus city for food, education, trust and health

We Value Food: Improving future generations knowledge of, and engagement with, food with an entrepreneurial approach  

XKIC Healthy Citizen and Consumer Engagement


Teaching includes;

Danielle delivers lectures across undergraduate and postgraduate courses

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition and Food Policy
  • Food Choice, Diet and Health
  • Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Danielle supports BSc. MSc. and PhD students with their research projects 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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