Dr Lenka Malek

Lenka Malek
Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Global Food and Resources
Faculty of the Professions

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Dr Lenka Malek

Dr. Lenka Malek, a qualified dietitian, was awarded a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide in 2015. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Global Food and Resources.

With an overarching health and nutrition focus, Dr Malek's research combines perspectives and methods from diverse disciplines (including nutrition, psychology, economics and behavioural economics) to investigate human decision-making behaviour related to food choice. Her research aims to produce food-related consumer behaviour insights which can be used to inform development of and improvements in food and health policy

Dr. Malek has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, in particular focus group discussions, in-depth interviews and online consumer surveys. She also has experience using eye-tracking technology as a method of objectively measuring an individual’s eye movements to provide insights into human decision-making processes, which are free from memory or social-desirability biases. While her PhD research focused on nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, her subsequent work has focused on more diverse population groups, including Australian meat consumers, vegetarians/flexitarians, and caregivers of formula-fed infants.


Date Position Institution name
2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Adelaide
2012 - 2012 Lecturer, tutor and practical demonstrator (casual) University of Adelaide
2011 - 2014 Research Assistant (casual) Women's & Children's Health Research Institute

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2017 Award Women's Research Excellence Award The University of Adelaide $5,000
2015 Recognition Deans Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Czech Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review


Date Institution name Country Title
2011 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2007 - 2010 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics (Hons)


Year Citation
2017 Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & ShaoJia, Z. (2017). Predicting healthy eating intention and adherence to dietary recommendations during pregnancy in Australia using the Theory of Planned Behaviour. Appetite, 116, 431-441.
2017 Guess, K., Malek, L., Anderson, A., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2017). Knowledge and practices regarding iodine supplementation: A national survey of healthcare providers. Women and Birth, 30, 1, e56-e60.
2017 Malek, L., Umberger, W. J. & Rolfe, J. (2017). Segmentation of Australian meat consumers on the basis of attitudes regarding farm animal welfare and the environmental impact of meat production. Animal Production Science, -.
2016 Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2016). Adherence to the Australian dietary guidelines during pregnancy: evidence from a national study. Public Health Nutrition, 19, 7, 1155-1163.
2016 Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. (2016). Poor adherence to folic acid and iodine supplement recommendations in preconception and pregnancy: a cross-sectional analysis. Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, 40, 5, 424-429.
2016 Martin, J., Zhou, S., Flynn, A., Malek, L., Greco, R. & Moran, L. (2016). The Assessment of Diet Quality and Its Effects on Health Outcomes Pre-pregnancy and during Pregnancy. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine, 34, 2, 83-92.

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2015 Malek, L. & Makrides, M. (2015). Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation. In B. Koletzko, J. Bhatia, Z. A. Bhutta, P. Cooper, M. Makrides, R. Uauy & W. Wang (Eds.), Pediatric Nutrition in Practice (pp. 127-133). Basel, Switzerland: Karger.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2015 Malek, L., Umberger, W., Zhou, S. J. & Makrides, M. (2015). Understanding drivers of dietary behaviour before and during pregnancy in industrialized countries. 80th Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop. Z. A. Bhutta, M. Makrides & A. M. Prentice (Eds.) Bali, Indonesia.

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Yargop, R., Malek, L., Nelle, S. & Umberger, W. (2017). A study of drivers for industry growth and innovation in the South Australian food and agribusiness sector. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. Corner Merivale And Glenelg Streets, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland.
2014 Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M. & Umberger, W. (2014). A novel study to understand psychosocial factors influencing healthy eating intention during pregnancy. Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food. Montreal, Canada.
2014 Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M., Flynn, T. & Umberger, W. (2014). A discrete choice experiment to understand factors influencing women’s dietary decisions during pregnancy. Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food. Montreal, Canada.
2014 Malek, L., Umberger, W., Makrides, M. & Zhou, S. J. (2014). Examining the relationship between perceived and actual diet quality during pregnancy: Evidence from a national study of Australian women. 18th Congress of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
2013 Malek, L., Zhou, S. J., Makrides, M., Flynn, T. & Umberger, W. (2013). Understanding consumer preferences for nutritional supplements during pregnancy: A choice experiment study. 9th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


Year Citation
2015 Malek, L.; (2015); Exploring the nutrition knowledge, attitudes and practices of pregnant women in Australia;


Date Role Membership Country
2016 - ongoing Member Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Australia
Postdoctoral Researcher
North Terrace
Nexus 10 Tower
Room Number
6 22
Org Unit
Ctr Global Food & Resources