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Dr Cherry Law

  • Organiser of department seminars 

Areas of interest

My interests lie in the fields of agricultural, health and development economics. Most of my work focuses on understanding how government policies may drive changes in household food purchases and thus promote healthier diets through analysing large disaggregated purchase data and national expenditure surveys. My current research agenda includes:

  • Analysing the potential impacts of different government policies aimed at promoting healthy and sustainable diets
  • Designing innovative policies for healthier food choices using choice experiments
  • Investigating the trade-off between energy use, food habits and health outcomes


  • Module Convenor for The Economic Environment
  • Seminar leader for Global Sustainability: Challenges and Prospects

Research projects

  • Understanding the impact of mandatory energy (calorie) labelling policy in out-of-home food environments in England: a mixed methods evaluation of purchase behaviour, population health outcomes, and the views of young people (Link), 2023-2025
  • Realigning UK Food Production and Trade for Transition to Healthy and Sustainable Diets (Link), 2023-2025
  • Linking energy use to household food security in India: An exploratory research, 2023-2024
  • CO-designing for healthy People and Planet: food Economic policy Research (Link), 2022-2025
  • A systems evaluation of UK food labelling schemes, LSHTM Faculty Seed Fund, 2022
  • Understanding the association between use of digital food delivery services and household food purchasing behaviours (Link), 2021-2022
  • Population interventions to improve diet in England: An evidence synthesis of the effectiveness of mandatory, voluntary and partnership approaches (Link), 2020-2022
  • Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems (Link), 2018-2021
  • Soft Drinks Industry Levy Evaluation (Link), 2018-2021


I hold a PhD in Economics from University of Kent and a MSc in Applied Economics from University of Nottingham. Prior to joining Reading in 2022, I was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where I continue to hold an honorary position. I am also an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School.


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