Department of Population Health
Suneetha is an Associate Professor in Nutrition-Sensitive Development at LSHTM. She is a nutritionist with research interests focusing on the intersection between agriculture/food systems and food security, gender and nutrition.
Her expertise spans programme design, operations research and theory-based complex programme impact evaluations; and innovative methods and metrics in agriculture-nutrition research.
She is the Principal Investigator of IMMANA (Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions), a DFID-funded partnership to stimulate the development and application of scientifically sound methods and metrics in agriculture, health and nutrition research. IMMANA includes the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy, a global network of researchers working at the nexus of agriculture, nutrition and health.
Suneetha is the Principal Investigator of UPAVAN (Upscaling participatory action and videos for agriculture and nutrition), a four-arm cluster RCT integrating maternal and child nutrition objectives into a participatory low-cost video driven agriculture extension platform in Odisha, India. She also leads a large scale program impact evaluation of a video-based maternal and child nutrition behaviour change communications programme, SAMVAD, in 5 Indian states using an innovative evaluation methodology.
She is a co-investigator of MINI (Market Interventions for Nutritional Improvement), a system dynamics modelling study examining the potential for market-based interventions to improve availability of fruits and vegetables in nutritionally vulnerable areas in Bihar, India.
Suneetha was an Editor of Food Policy from 2014-2018. Prior to joining LSHTM, she was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).