Professor Greta Defeyter

Greta has been at Northumbria University since 2003. She is the strategic lead for Knowledge Exchange within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She is also Director of the Healthy Living Lab at Northumbria University. Her current research interests are food poverty, food insecurity, social and educational injustice and holiday hunger. She has received funding from the ESRC, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, Public Health England, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery, as well as funding from local authorities and industry.

In 2015, she published the first evaluation of holiday breakfast clubs and in 2016 published a paper based on a UK wide Meals & More programme. She is now a recognised expert in this area and is in demand around the world. In 2015, she was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  More recently, she joined prestigious line up of award winners including Ed Balls and Jamie Oliver by winning a Food Heroes Award from Sustain for her research and evaluations on school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger. She currently supervises a number of PhD student’s, post-docs and research assistants researching holiday hunger and educational inequality.