Dr Georgia Middleton

Postdoctoral Research Associate

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Georgia Middleton is an Associate Lecturer and Researcher in the Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. An Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a background in public health nutrition, Georgia's research focuses on community nutrition, food insecurity, and social and cultural aspects of food, with a special interest in shared eating occasions. Dr Middleton specialises in qualitative research methodologies and she has lead qualitative investigations on community health programs, research interventions, and public health initiatives and systems.

Georgia completed a PhD in Health Sciences in 2022, through which she developed The Family Meal Framework; a holisitc framework that encompasses all elements required of parents and families to achieve the family meal. She continues to work in this space as an advocate for supporting parents and families in achieving realistic, holistic family meals, and is currently undertaking an International Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada to continue this exploration.

Dr Middleton has taught Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences, and was temporary topic coordinator in 2022. Georgia was the recurring guest lecturer on Qualitative Research Methods in the Nutrition and Dietetics final year intensive program for many years, and has taught across other health sciences topics at Flinders University.

Research Interests:

  • Children and families
  • Parenting and caregiving
  • Food and eating environments
  • Food insecurity
  • Shared eating occasions
  • Qualitative methodology and methods

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)

PhD in Health Sciences

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2022 (2023)

Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Student Awards 2021 (2022)

Dietitians Australia Branch Continuing Professional Development Grant (2022)

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Excellence) (2019-21)

King and Amy O'Malley Trust Home Economics Postgraduate Scholarship (2019-21)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Prize in Nutrition and Dietetics (2015)

Key responsibilities

Leads projects which employ predominantly qualitative research methods to understand complex public health issues, with a focus on children, caregivers and families.

Supervision of honours students.

Teaching interests

Qualitative research methods

Research methods

Public health

Nutrition and Dietetics

Topic coordinator
HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research (ONL_FLN_NS2)
Topic lecturer
HLTH3102 Qualitative Methods for Social Health Research
HLTH1306 Contemporary Health Issues in Australia
Supervisory interests
Childhood nutrition
Eating behaviour
Eating habits, family influence
Family health
Public health nutrition
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