GLOBE is one of the largest research groups dedicated to obesity prevention research in Australia. The team consists of researchers across multiple disciplines, including nutrition and dietetics, epidemiology, political science and health economics. We have research teams working across the world to help advance the science of obesity prevention.

Our team

GLOBE represents a dedicated group of researchers who actively seek to push the science of obesity prevention in population-level research, capacity building and evidence-based public health advocacy across all levels of society in Australia and internationally. GLOBE is led by Professor Steven Allender, and the team consists of academic researchers and students along with a broad range of external partners.



Professor Steven Allender


Associate Directors

A/Prof Gary Sacks

A/Prof Adrian Cameron

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer


Strategic Advisors

Professor Colin Bell

Alfred Deakin Professor Marj Moodie

Professor Anna Peeters


Stream Leaders

Jaithri Ananthapavan

A/Prof Kathryn Backholer

Andrew Brown

A/Prof Adrian Cameron

Dr Melanie Nichols

A/Prof Gary Sacks

Dr Claudia Strugnell


Research Staff

Dr Laura Alston

Dr Miranda Blake

Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson

Dr Victoria Brown

Penny Fraser

Dr Lan Gao

Dr Joshua Hayward

Dr Anita Lal

Ha Le

Josie Marshall

Saraya Morton

Pam Nguyen

Devorah Riesenberg

Dr Jill Whelan


Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students

Alexandra Chung

Tiana Felmingham

Oliver Huse

Jane Jacobs

Bridget Morrissey

Cindy Needham

Erica Reeve

Ella Robinson

Benjamin Wood

Christina Zorbas