Inka Barnett

Inka BarnettFormer PhD Student

Inka has now left CEDAR to take up a postdoctoral position at the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton. For more information about Inka’s work at CEDAR, please contact David Ogilvie.


  • MSc Nutritional Sciences
  • MSc Public Health Nutrition

Background and experience
Inka has a MSc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Bonn, and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Before joining the MRC Unit, Inka worked for several years as a health research officer for the Young Lives project, a longitudinal, multi-country study on childhood poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam based at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research focussed on obesity in low-income country settings, healthcare financing with focus on Ethiopia and adolescent health behaviours. During her time at the University of Oxford, Inka  has collaborated with academics from several departments of the University of Oxford, the University of London (UCL) and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Inka also worked as a Research Associate for the University of Bonn on community participation in rural water supply in Benin and did qualitative research on HIV/AIDS and nutrition for the German Development Service (DED) in South Africa. She also held various positions as a research assistant in health projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and worked for the Federal Ministry for Agriculture in Germany.

Current work and interests
Inka’s research at CEDAR focused on health behaviours in aging populations. In her PhD she investigates physical activity change across the transition to retirement using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.