Nick Jones

IMG_8509PhD Student

Nicholas has now left CEDAR. For more about his work here, please contact Pablo Monsivais.


  • MSc Health Inequalities and Public Policy, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc Social Statistics, University of Southampton
  • BScSoc (Hons) Politics and Economics, University of Southampton

Work at CEDAR
Nick was supervised by Dr Pablo Monsivais and his PhD research focused on the application of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan to the UK. He assessed how currently consumed diets compare to DASH, comparing the effect on nutrient intake of following of a DASH diet with that of meeting current UK nutrition guidance, and modelling the affordability of purchasing a DASH diet compared to observed and ideal diets.

More broadly Nick is interested in food security and access, health inequalities, and the politics of obesity.

Nick successfully competed for a place in the ESRC Internship Scheme, spending three months working in the Health Analytical Services Division of the Scottish Government, conducting analyses using linked social care and administrative health data. He has also completed a three month internship at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) at the University of Cambridge, where he organised a workshop to assess the evidence surrounding the benefits of play in middle childhood and analysed qualitative data emerging from the CSaP Policy Fellowships programme.

Nick has also written and taught introductory courses to R and Stata for the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Society for Social Medicine
  • Member of the John Snow Society

Publications and Presentations

Nicholas’ CEDAR publications

  • Jones NRV & Monsivais, P (2016) ‘Comparing prices for food and diet research: the metric matters’, Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, doi: 10.1080/19320248.2015.1095144
  • Jones NRV, Conklin AI, Suhrcke M & Monsivais, P (2014) ‘The growing price gap between more and less healthy foods: analysis of a novel longitudinal UK dataset’, PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109343
  • Jones NRV, Fischbacher CM, Guthrie B, Leese G, Lindsay RS, McKnight JA, Pearson D, Philip S, Sattar N & Wild SH (2014) ‘Factors associated with statin treatment for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in people within 2 years following diagnosis of diabetes in Scotland, 2006–2008’, Diabetic Medicine, 31(6): 640-6
  • Jackson CA, Jones NRV, Walker JJ, Fischbacher CM et al (2012) Area-based socioeconomic status, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular mortality in Scotland, Diabetologia, 55(11): 2948-45
  • Experimental Biology, Boston, 2015
    Oral presentation.
    Selected for the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition.
  • Society for Social Medicine Conference, Oxford, 2014
    Oral presentation. Attendance grant awarded.
  • Society for Social Medicine Conference, Brighton, 2013
    Plenary session oral presentation. Highly ranked abstract. Attendance grant awarded.
  • Sustainable Diet and Food Security conference, Lille, 2013
    Oral presentation. Attendance grant awarded.
  • Centre for Science and Policy Annual Conference, London, 2013
    Prize won for best poster presentation.

Organisational affiliation
Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. ESRC funded.