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Karen Rideout—MSc, PhD

Policy Analyst

Karen is a food systems specialist whose work focuses on the complex interactions between food, nutrition, the environment, and health. She holds undergraduate degrees in music and nutrition/human ecology, as well as a master's degree in environmental health and a PhD in food systems. Her PhD research examined how and why some people are able to resist the highly processed and unhealthy food products that are ubiquitous in western society. Her research interests include healthy food policy, equity and food security, environmental impacts on the food supply, and determinants of food choice. Karen's work has crossed disciplinary and sectoral boundaries to include academics, health, government, and non-governmental organizations, including a previous position as Knowledge Translation Scientist at NCCEH before joining the BCCDC. She is particularly interested in the application of research for health policy and practice.