Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Neha Lalchandani has a background in Food Science and Nutrition and is currently in her final year of studying for the Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health). She is working on a research project that explores the nexus between waste and nutrition in schoolchildren’s lunchboxes to improve dietary patterns while impacting the environment positively.
This project has involved a mixed methods research design to review the literature, analyse school policies and programs, characterise lunchbox contents for food and packaging waste, and understand familial perspectives and practices. She has built a working collaboration with stakeholders from the Department for Education and environmental agencies like KESAB environmental solutions. This applied public health research project will serve as an evidence base to improve school food environments in South Australia and inform future policies and programs in this area.
Neha is broadly interested in the socio-ecological influences on food choices and health behaviours, alongside pro-environmental behaviours for improving public health and sustaining planetary health.
Date Position Institution name 2021 - ongoing Academic Tutor and Marker The University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2022 Award Neville Derrington Hicks PhD Scholarship in Public Health Policy The University of Adelaide Australia - 2022 Award Nutrition Society of Australia Student Travel Award Nutrition Society of Australia Australia - 2022 Award Adelaide Graduate Research School Travel Grant University of Adelaide Australia - 2022 Scholarship Elite Editing Thesis Write-up Scholarship Elite Editing Australia - 2022 Award Healthy Development Adelaide Travel & Development Grant Healthy Development Adelaide Australia - 2022 Award The Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust Conference Travel Grant The University of Adelaide Australia - 2022 Award 2022 Community and Innovation Award KESAB environmental solutions Australia - 2021 Scholarship ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) Switzerland - 2016 Scholarship 2015-2016 Dean’s Summer Research Scholarship University of Tasmania Australia - 2014 Scholarship 2014-2015 CSIRO Agriculture Vacation Scholarship CSIRO - Queensland Biosciences Precinct Australia -
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 - 2016 University of Newcastle Australia Australia Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition 2012 - 2016 Pelita Harapan University Indonesia Bachelor of Food Technology
I have served as an academic tutor, workshop facilitator, or marker for the following courses at University of Adelaide in 2021-2022.
- Master of Public Health Professional Practice Placement (Postgraduate): Assessed student reports submitted at the end of their placements in the health sector/industry describing their work experience, practice methods, and project outcomes
- Making Healthy Public Policy (Postgraduate): Assessed stakeholder analysis essays and health policy reviews
- Reflect. Research. Resolve Questions in Health (Undergraduate): Led tutorials on public health research methodologies and interventions, and assessed poster assignments and oral presentations
- Create. Communicate. Connect with Health and Medical Sciences (Undergraduate): Facilitated workshops on academic literacy and scientific communication skills, and assessed literature reviews and oral presentations
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2020 - ongoing Representative Health Sciences Postgraduate Association (HeSPA) The University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2022 - ongoing Member Nutrition Society of Australia Australia 2022 - ongoing Member Healthy Development Adelaide (HDA) Australia 2020 - ongoing Member Public Health Association of Australia Inc Full Time Student Membership Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing HDR Representative School of Public Health Australia
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