Annalijn Conklin

PhD Student (till September 2014)

Annalijn has now left CEDAR to work as a Canadian Institute for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the World Policy Analysis Center, University of California, Los Angeles’ Fielding School of Public Health. For information about her work at CEDAR, please contact Pablo Monsivais.


  • Honours Bachelor of Science, biology and philosophy, University of Toronto, magna cum laude
  • Research Master of Science, University of Edinburgh, cum laude
  • Master of Public Health, Columbia University

Background and experience
Over the past four years, Annalijn was a policy Analyst (Health and Healthcare) at RAND Europe, a not-for-profit research organisation in Cambridge, UK. For her MPH degree, she interned in the Globalisation, Trade and Health Unit of the World Health Organization (Geneva), working on health and foreign policy, and the gender dimensions of trade and health. She has a strong background in the social determinants of health and has completed diverse health projects on cross-cutting policy topics, such as human rights and research ethics, impact assessments in patient safety and environmental tobacco, complex evaluation, European obesity strategy, etc. At RAND, Annalijn has contributed to 28 collaborative projects and was recently the Administrative Coordinator for a European project with 10 partners in 7 countries on developing and validating disease management evaluation methods and metrics (€3.4m value). To date, Annalijn has published three refereed papers, two chapters in edited books, one invited paper and over a dozen technical reports and RAND publications.
Current work and interests
Annalijn Conklin is a PhD candidate in CEDAR under supervision by Dr Pablo Monsaviais and Prof Nick Wareham. Annalijn’s current research will examine the social-level factors influencing dietary behaviour among older-age populations, with a policy interest in better designing and evaluating interventions to prevent and manage chronic illness. In particular, her PhD research aims to examine broader social level factors that constrain choices and impact on an individual’s ability to act on choices. Her current PhD project will use novel approaches to examine how social factors predict individual variations in diet behaviours using data from the EPIC-Norfolk study.