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Margo Barker

Reader - Food And Nutrition Group

Summary

I completed my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in nutritional biochemistry, and began my research career in public health nutrition at the University of Ulster.  After a period working as a public health nutritionist with the dairy industry, I joined the University of Sheffield and was pivotal in establishment of highly successful postgraduate programs in Human Nutrition within a research-led environment, producing a significant body of published research and attracting considerable external funding. I have an excellent track record of translating student projects into published papers. I am well known nationally and internationally for scholarship in public health nutrition.  My research has also lent itself to substantial activity in knowledge transfer and public engagement through public lectures, museum exhibitions, media consultancy and school outreach activities.

My research program embraces the broad area of public health nutrition.  I have had particular experience of conducting epidemiological studies, which have explored the antecedents of food choice, nutrient intake and disease risk.  I have expertise in dietary pattern analysis and have used data reduction methods to good effect to characterise dietary habits.  I am currently working in an interdisciplinary context in the area of sustainable food choice, which examines issues around food security, particularly investigating public attitudes to and media messages about genetically modified food and understanding how (and if) demand for meat intake may be moderated.  These research questions are being addressed by using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and address psychological, social and policy drivers of food choice.  The relationship between convenience food consumption and household food waste has been a recent focus of study.  I have also carried out a body of study addressing the important issue of food poverty.   More clinically based research has examined the effect of polyphenol-rich drinks on cardiovascular risk.

  • About

    Qualifications

    • 1985: PhD, Queens University Belfast
    • 1981: MSc, University of Aberdeen
    • 1980: BAgr, Queens University Belfast

    UG External Examiner

    Course

    • 2003 to 2006: BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Kings College London, United Kingdom
    • 1999 to 2002: BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of North London, United Kingdom

    Reader - Food and Nutrition Group

  • Teaching

    Dept Of Service Sector Management

    Sheffield Business School

    Food

  • Publications

    SPRAKE, Eleanor, LAVIN, Jacquie, GRABOWSKI, Peter, RUSSELL, Jean, FEATHERSTONE, Megan and BARKER, Margo (2017). Eating habits associated with body weight gain in female university students : a UK-based study of Slimming World members. British Food Journal, 119 (12), 2571-2582.

    Journal article: FROST, C. PELHAM-BURN, S. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2016), 'Improving the nutritional quality of charitable meals for homeless and vulnerable adults: A mixed method study of two meals services in a large English city', Environmental Nutrition, vol 11, no 1, pp. 14-28

    Journal article: Ensaff, H. Crawford, R. Russell, J. BARKER, M. (2016), 'Preparing and sharing food: a quantitative analysis of a primary school-based food intervention', Journal of Public Health

    Journal article: Mallinson, L. Russell, J. BARKER, M. (2016), 'Attitudes and behaviour towards convenience food and food waste in the United Kingdom', Appetite, vol 103, pp. 17-28

    Journal article: BARKER, M. MAK, D. WOTTGE, M. HALLIDAY, V. RUSSELL, J. (2016), 'How poor are foodbank recipients’ diets? A cross-sectional study of nutrient intake', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 70, no 1, pp. 1-119

    Journal article: Ensaff, H. Russell, J. BARKER, M. (2015), 'Adolescents’ beverage choice at school and the impact on sugar intake', European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 70, no 2, pp. 243-249

    Journal article: BARKER, M. Blain, R. Russell, J. (2015), 'The influence of academic examinations on energy and nutrient intake in male university students', Nutrition Journal, vol 14, no 1

    Journal article: Ensaff, H. Canavon, C. Crawford, R. BARKER, M. (2015), 'A qualitative study of a food intervention in a primary school: Pupils as agents of change', Appetite, vol 95, pp. 455-465

    Journal article: PELHAM-BURN, S. FROST, C. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2014), 'Improving the nutritional quality of charitable meals for homeless and vulnerable adults. A case study of food provision by a food aid organisation in the UK', Appetite, vol 82, pp. 131-137

    Journal article: Cook, T. Russell, J. BARKER, M. (2014), 'Dietary advice for muscularity, leanness and weight control in Men’s Health magazine: a content analysis', BMC Public Health, vol 14, no 1

    Journal article: HARRIS, P. BREARLEY, I. SHEERAN, P. BARKER, M. KLEIN, W. CRESWELL, J. LEVINE, J. BOND, R. (2014), 'Combining self-affirmation with implementation intentions to promote fruit and vegetable consumption', Health Psychology, vol 33, pp. 729-736

    Journal article: HARDEN, C. DIBLE, V. RUSSELL, J. GARAIOVA, I. PLUMMER, S. BARKER, M. CORFE, B. (2014), 'The effect of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on dietary intake, body weight and body composition', Nutrition Research, vol 34, pp. 17-24

    Journal article: Spencer, R. Russell, J. BARKER, M. (2014), 'Temporality in British young women's magazines: food, cooking and weight loss', Public Health Nutrition, vol 17, no 10, pp. 2359-2367

    Journal article: SPRAKE, E. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2013), 'Food choice and nutrient intake among homeless people', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND), vol 27, no 3, pp. 242-250

    Journal article: BARKER, M. MCNEIR, K. SAMEER, S. RUSSELL, J. (2013), 'Food, nutrition and slimming messages in British women’s magazines 1950-1998', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND), vol 27, pp. 124-134

    Journal article: BARKER, M. BURRIDGE, J. (2013), 'Nutrition claims in British women’s magazines from 1940-1955', Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND), vol 27, pp. 117-123

    Journal article: ENSAFF, H. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2013), 'Meeting school food standards –students’ food choice & free school meals', Public Health Nutrition, vol 16, no 12, pp. 2162-2168

    Journal article: BENEFER, M. CORFE, B. RUSSELL, J. SHORT, R. BARKER, M. (2013), 'Water intake and post-exercise cognitive performance: an observational study of long distance walkers and runners', European Journal of Nutrition, vol 52, pp. 617-624

    Journal article: HILL, M. FLATLEY, J. BARKER, M. (2012), 'A vitamin B-12 supplement of 500 µg/d for eight weeks does not normalize urinary methylmalonic acid or other biomarkers of vitamin B-12 status in elderly people with moderately poor vitamin B-12 status', British Journal of Nutrition, vol 143, pp. 142-147

    Journal article: LYNN, A. HAMADEH, H. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2012), 'Effects of pomegranate juice supplementation on pulse wave velocity and blood pressure in healthy young and middle-aged men and women', Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, vol 67, pp. 309-314

    Journal article: FLATELY, J. GARNER, C. AL-TURKI, M. MANNING, N. OLPIN, S. BARKER, M. POWERS, H. (2012), 'Determinants of urinary methylmalonic acid concentration in an elderly population in the United Kingdom', The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol 95, pp. 686-693

    Journal article: HARDEN, C. JONES, A. MAYA-JIMINEZ, T. BARKER, M. HEPBURN, N. GARAIOVA, I. PLUMMER, S. CORFE, B. (2012), 'Effect of different long-chain fatty acids on cholecystokinin release in vitro and energy intake in free-living healthy males', British Journal of Nutrition, vol 108, pp. 755-758

    Journal article: HARDEN, C. PEREZ CARRION, K. BABAKORDI, Z. PLUMMER, S. HEPBURN, N. BARKER, M. EVANS, C. CORFE, B. (2011), 'Evaluation of the salivary proteome as a surrogate tissue for systems biology approaches to understanding appetite', Journal of Proteomics, vol 75, pp. 2916-2923

    Book chapter: BARKER, M. BLUMSOHN, A. (2010), 'Nutrition and the skeleton' Human Nutrition, Geissler C & Powers HJ eds, Elsevier Science, Oxford, pp. 473-491

    Book chapter: BURRIDGE, J. BARKER, M. (2009), 'Food as a medium of emotional management of the family' Changing Families, Changing Food, P Jackson eds, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 146-164

    Conference Paper: SPRAKE, E. GRABOWSKI, P. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2014), 'Dietary patterns in university students: A sustainable and healthy pattern is prominent'. Paper presented at World Public Health Nutrition Association Conference, Building Health Global Food Systems: A new imperative for public health

    Conference Paper: SPRAKE, E. LAVIN, J. RUSSELL, J. GRABOWSKI, P. BARKER, M. (2014), 'Eating habits associated with body weight gain in University students'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference E149

    Conference Paper: LYNN, A. MATTHEW, S. MOORE, C. RUSSELL, J. ROBINSON, E. SOUMPASI, V. BARKER, M. (2013), 'Effect of tart cherry juice on arterial stiffness, inflammation and other risk markers for CVD in healthy adults'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: HARDEN, C. BARKER, M. RUSSELL, J. CORFE, B. (2013), 'Preliminary meta-analysis of the effect of fish oil on body weight and body mass index in overweight and obese subjects does not support a link'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: SPRAKE, E. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2013), 'Food choice and nutrient intake among homeless people'. Paper presented at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (FASEBJ) Conference

    Conference Paper: HARDEN, C. BARKER, M. RUSSELL, J. ET, A. (2012), 'The effect of different lipid emulsions on appetite and energy intake'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: ENSAFF, H. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2012), 'Meeting school food standards in the UK – students’ food choice & free school meals'. Paper presented at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (FASEBJ) Conference, April

    Conference Paper: BARKER, M. BENEFER, M. RUSSELL, J. LEPICARD, E. HAWII, N. CONSTANT, F. FRIEDLANDER, G. (2012), 'Hydration deficit after breakfast in British children'. Paper presented at Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal (FASEBJ) Conference

    Conference Paper: HARDEN, C. BARKER, M. HEPBURN, N. ET, A. (2011), 'Preliminary evaluation of the salivary proteome as a source of novel biomarkers of appetite'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: HARDEN, C. DIBLE, V. BARKER, M. ET, A. (2011), 'The effect of supplementation with different oil emulsions on energy intake & body weight - the results of two different studies'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: AL-TURKI, M. BOSTON, P. MCKIRDY, S. BARKER, M. (2011), 'Vitamin B12 and folate status in patients with confirmed Alzheimer’s disease'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

    Conference Paper: LYNN, A. HAMADEH, H. LEUNG, W. RUSSELL, J. BARKER, M. (2011), 'Pomegranate juice supplementation lowers blood pressure but does not influence pulse wave velocity or antioxidant status in healthy young and middle-aged men and women'. Paper presented at Nutrition Society Conference

  • Other activities

    External Responsibilities

    • 2008: Member of course approval panel for BSc in Human Nutrition, University of Worcester
    • 1998: Member of course approval and review panel for BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Coventry University

    Award

    • 1989: Registered Nutritionist, Association for Nutrition, United Kingdom

    Research funding or grant

    • 2016: Arguing about GM: An analysis of the use of science in the GM food debate in traditional and social media. PI, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • 2015: A consumer survey of attitudes towards genetically modified food - Plant Production and Protection (P3), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • 2014: Improving environmental impact through sustainable food choice, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
    • 2013: An evaluation of an intervention to promote uptake of school meals, Sheffield Let's Change for Life, United Kingdom
    • 2012: The value of 25 hydroxyvitamin D as a biomarker in obesity, Department of Health, United Kingdom
    • 2012: An evaluation of Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project, Jamie Oliver Foundation

  • Post graduate supervision

    Completed supervisions

    • PhD supervised to completion (8 students)

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