John Coveney is Professor of Global Food, Culture and Health in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Earlier in his career, Professor Coveney worked as a leading nutritionist and dietitian addressing regional, indigenous and international health issues. Professor Coveney has published more than 150 papers, sole-authored a number of books and worked on major international projects and collaborations attracting significant research and grant funding. He has research and education interests in public health nutrition; history of food and health; food policy; and social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake.
Professor John Coveney's research interests concern public health nutrition; history of food and health; food policy; and social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake. He is also interested in research on the relationship between food, health and social media. He has supervised higher degree research students who have completed dissertations in areas such as food security; food and public trust; the politics of overweight and obesity; and international aspects of food and health. Because of his interest in qualitative research methodology, Professor Coveney has supervised students in many other fields, ranging from mental health to environmental studies.
Professor John Coveney has taught the following programmes: Master of Public Health, Doctorof Public Health, Master of Health and International Development, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Professor Coveney regularly reviews funding applications for the NHMRC, ARC, New Zealand Health Research Council and the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a visiting Research Fellow, City University, UK and a member of the Social Science Expert Advisory Group (SSEAG) for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand. He is also a founding member of the Council for Academic Public Health Institutions in Australia (CAPHIA), the peak body representing universities that teach and research public health. He is a member of the population health and social policy pillar committee of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).
Professor Coveney is an associate editor of BMC Health Services Research, and is also on the editorial board of Critical Public Health (was Australasian region associate editor 2001-2010), and editorial board of Journal of Critical Dietetics. He regularly reviews papers and articles for national and international journals in the areas of food, diet and health, food sociology.
In addition, Professor Coveney is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and the Australian Public Health Nutrition Academic Collaboration (APHNAC).
Professor Coveney has been a member of teams that have completed consultancies in projects on food advertising to children, the socio-economic aspects ofoverweight and obesity, place and access to food, and improving the quality of school food. He is interested in projects and consultancies that focus on food in health and disease, especially from a social perspective. Please contact Professor Coveney for further details about his availability.