Professor John Coveney

Academic Level E

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (S2.77)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

John is convenor of the International Research Collective on Food, Culture and Health

  • Doctor of Philosophy 1996 (Murdoch University,Perth, Western Australia)
  • Master of Health Personnel Education 1985 (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • BSc (Hons) Nutrition 1977 (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
  • UK State registration in Dietetics 1977 (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian (Dietitians Association of Australia).
Honours, awards and grants
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, Australia (2013-present)
  • Honorary Visiting Senior Research Fellow, City University, London, UK (2007 to present)
  • External Examiner, Community and Public Health Dietetics (HUNX 472). Otago University, NZ (2006 to present)
  • Associate Editor, BMC Health Services Research (2009 – present)
  • Editorial Board, Critical Public Health, (2010 to present)
  • Foundation member of Critical Dietetics initiative, Toronto, Canada (2009 to present)
  • Books, papers and presentations translated into languages other than English
  • Invited speaker to international conferences, symposia, and workshops
  • Recipient of more than 35 awards for project and grant funding
Teaching interests

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.

Supervisory interests
Food and public trust
Food, health and social media
History of food and health
Politics of overweight and obesity
Social and cultural factors that influence food patterns and food intake
Expert for media contact
Community/Public Health
Food Policy and Regulation
Food and Families
Food and History
Food and The Environment
Public Health Nutrition
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Media expertise
  • Community/Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Food Policy and Regulation
  • Food and Families
  • Food and History
  • Food and The Environment
  • Public Health Nutrition
Further information

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.