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Cristina_Cleghorn_profileBSc, MSc, PhDSenior Research Fellow, SiHMNet, HePPRU, (formerly) BODE³

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Research interests and activities

Dr Cristina Cleghorn is a Public Health Nutrition researcher with a strong interest in sustainable nutrition and the prevention of chronic disease through diet, physical activity and tobacco control.

In her current role as a Senior Research Fellow in the SiHMNet modelling network, and formerly as part of the Burden of Disease Epidemiology, Equity and Cost-Effectiveness Programme (BODE3), Cristina is working on modelling intervention effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of dietary interventions in the New Zealand population. This work has included the quantification of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with dietary consumption in New Zealand which can now be used to measure the impact of various dietary interventions on GHG emissions. She leads a Healthier Lives-funded project on assessing the health and environmental benefits of sustainable NZ diets; A sustainable diet for health and the climate in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Cristina completed her PhD investigating the relationships between agrobiodiversity, dietary diversity and nutritional status in Tanzania at Leeds University (UK).


Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C., Nghiem, N., Kerr, J., & Baker, M. (2023). How taking an evidence-informed approach can be used to prioritise interventions: The example of cardiovascular disease. The Briefing, (24 November). Retrieved from

Kliejunas, E., Cavadino, A., Kidd, B., Cleghorn, C., Drew, J., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Bradbury, K. E. (2023). Quantifying the greenhouse gas emissions of New Zealand households’ food purchases: An analysis by demographic variables. Journal of Cleaner Production, 430, 139699. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.139699

Wilson, N., Cleghorn, C., Nghiem, N., & Blakely, T. (2023). Prioritization of intervention domains to prevent cardiovascular disease: A country-level case study using global burden of disease and local data. Population Health Metrics, 21(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/s12963-023-00301-1

Shaw, C., & Cleghorn, C. (2023). Public health interventions: The elephant in the room of the health system crisis. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1568), 8-11. Retrieved from

Reynolds, A. N., Ni Mhurchu, C., Kok, Z.-Y., & Cleghorn, C. (2023). The neglected potential of red and processed meat replacement with alternative protein sources: Simulation modelling and systematic review. eClinicalMedicine, 56, 101774. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101774

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