Leah Salm

Research Officer
Institute of Development Studies, UK


Leah Salm is a Research Officer within the Health and Nutrition Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, UK. Salm’s research centers around malnutrition, food systems, food equity and nutrition policy.

Salm works as an evidence synthesis specialist for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project Transform Nutrition West Africa which aims to generate and mobilize high quality evidence and build nutrition decision making capacity in the West Africa region.

Salm is also leading a mixed-methods study of childhood obesity in Brighton & Hove. A whole-systems perspective is being applied to understand the trends and enabling environment context.

Salm is also collaborating with the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) project, whereby she is considering the food and nutrition equity challenges for famers across Sub-Saharan Africa during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to working at IDS, Salm worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, where she contributed to The Lancet Double Burden of Malnutrition Series.