Knowledge for a sustainable world

BVSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Julia de Bruyn joined the Natural Resources Institute in early 2018, as a Lecturer/ Researcher in Nutrition. Julia completed her PhD at the University of Sydney, while also working as a research assistant on the interdisciplinary project “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security Through Family Poultry and Crop Integration in Tanzania and Zambia” (funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research). Her PhD thesis used qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluate the contributions of chicken-keeping to dietary adequacy and growth of young children in remote villages of central Tanzania.

Julia has previously worked as a veterinarian in Australia, the United Kingdom and on poultry health programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research interests focus on culturally- and gender-sensitive approaches to sustainably enhance diet quality, particularly through improvements to livestock systems. She is currently a Fellow of the Department for International Development’s Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) initiative.

  • Food-based strategies to sustainably strengthen food and nutrition security
  • Maternal and child undernutrition
  • Livestock-nutrition linkages in low- and middle-income countries
  • Role of livestock-derived foods in improving dietary adequacy
  • Community-based livestock health programmes
  • Integration of gender-sensitive quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • “Developing pictorial methods to document seasonal variation in household dietary diversity and access to target food resources in low-literacy settings” (2018-19; UK Department for International Development, IMMANA)
  • “Fish Agri-Food Systems: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Initiative” (2018; CGIAR WorldFish Programme)
  • “Strengthening Food and Nutrition Security Through Family Poultry and Crop Integration in Tanzania and Zambia” (2013-18; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research)
  • de Bruyn J, Thomson PT, Darnton-Hill I, Bagnol B, Maulaga W and Alders RG. 2018. Does village chicken-keeping contribute to young children’s diets and growth? A longitudinal observational study in rural Tanzania. Nutrients 10(11), 1799. doi:10.3390/nu10111799
  • de Bruyn J, Bagnol B, Darnton-Hill I, Maulaga W, Thomson PC and Alders R. 2017. Characterising infant and young child feeding practices and the consumption of poultry products in rural Tanzania: A mixed methods approach. Maternal & Child Nutrition, e12550. doi:10.1111/mcn.12550
  • de Bruyn J, Thomson PC, Bagnol B, Maulaga W, Rukambile E and Alders RG. 2017. The chicken or the egg? Exploring bi-directional associations between Newcastle disease vaccination and village chicken flock size in rural Tanzania. PLOS One 12(11): e0188230. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188230
  • Wong JT, de Bruyn J, Bagnol B, Grieve H, Li M, Pym R and Alders RG. 2017. Small-scale poultry and food security in resource-poor settings: A review. Global Food Security 15:43-52. doi:10.1016/j.gfs.2017.04.003
  • Alders R, de Bruyn J, Wingett K and Wong J. 2017. One Health, Veterinarians and the nexus between disease and food security. Australian Veterinary Journal 95(12):451-453. doi:10.1111/avj.12645
  • de Bruyn J, Ferguson E, Allmann-Farinelli M, Darnton-Hill I, Maulaga W, Msuya J and Alders R. 2016. Food Composition Tables in resource-poor settings: exploring current limitations and opportunities, with a focus on animal-source foods in sub-Saharan Africa. British Journal of Nutrition 116(10):1709-1719. doi:10.1017/S0007114516003706
  • Bagnol B, Clarke E, Li M, Maulaga W, Lumbwe H, McConchie R, de Bruyn J and Alders RG. 2016.
    Transdisciplinary project communication and knowledge sharing experiences in Tanzania and Zambia through a One Health lens. Frontiers in Public Health 4:10. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2016.00010
  • Bagnol B, Naysmith S, de Bruyn J, Wong J and Alders R. 2016. Effective animal health programming requires consideration of and communication with those at the human-animal interface. CAB Reviews 11 (30):1-7.
  • de Bruyn J, Wong J, Bagnol B, Pengelly B and Alders R. 2015. Family poultry and food and nutrition security. CAB Reviews 10(13):1-9.
  • Alders R, Aongola A, Bagnol B, de Bruyn J, Kimboka S, et al. 2014. Using a One Health approach to promote food and nutrition security in Tanzania and Zambia. Planet@Risk 2(3):187-190.
  • 2018 University of Greenwich Early Career Researcher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research
  • 2018-19 Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) Fellow
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