Dr Natalie

Dr Natalie Savona

Principal Consultant

  • 07919 414 957
  • nataliesavona@cordisbright.co.uk

Natalie has extensive experience in public health, policy and systems approaches. She joined Cordis Bright from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she was Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. 


Examples of recent projects include:

  • Support on food security for children and young people in Newham as part of a Local Government Association and Health Foundation initiative.
  • Family Food Experience Study examining how local authorities can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions to address inequality in childhood obesity. In this NIHR funded research, Natalie was co-investigator and system mapping workstream lead.
  • Co-Create: Confronting Obesity which takes a co-production approach to policy development with young people. Natalie was the systems workstream lead for this European Commission-funded project.
  • Working with a London borough on their strategies for supporting people with ‘no recourse to public funds’.

Other recent topics have included: youth knife-crime in South London; the role of businesses in dietary health; gender-based school violence in Malawi; inequalities in adolescent mental health; and how multi-national companies work to shape emergency food assistance in Lebanon.

Natalie has also had an extensive consultancy, media and broadcast work in relation to food and nutrition. This includes presenting a series on BBC3, Discovery Health & Community Channel, ‘expert’ live television and radio, BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour; articles in Sunday Times, Evening Standard etc.

Natalie has a BA in Social Anthropology and Arabic, an MA in Medical Anthropology, an MPhil in Public Health and a PhD in Public Health Policy. She is co-author on the much-cited, award-winning Lancet paper ‘Why we need a complex systems model of evidence for public health’. Natalie is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UK Prevention Research Partnership, a £50 million, multi-funder initiative that supports systems research into prevention of non-communicable diseases.

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