Professor Boyd Anthony Swinburn



Boyd Swinburn is the Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor and Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne. He trained as a specialist endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, the ‘obesogenic’ food environment.

He is Co-Chair of the World Obesity/Policy & Prevention (formerly known as IOTF) and was President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) from 2005-7. He has also contributed to over 30 WHO consultations and reports on obesity, authored over 300 publications and given over 400 presentations. Through these efforts he is significantly contributing to national and global efforts to reduce the obesity epidemic.

Research | Current

Recent papers and commentary on research:

Urgently Needed: Voices for integrity in public health. Read an editorial on the gradual suppression of voices for strong public policy. Published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 3/12/2014.

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Alfred Deakin Professor, Deakin University


Chair, Board of Research, School of Population Health, University of Auckland 2014-

World Obesity Federation, Policy & Prevention Section (formerly International Obesity Taskforce), Co-chair 2009-

Food Alliance, Australia, Founding member, 2009-

Obesity Policy Coalition, Australia, Founding member, 2007–

Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, Deakin University, 2003-

Areas of expertise

Research interests include: prevention of childhood obesity; community-based interventions and food polices to reduce obesity and non-communicable diseases; monitoring and accountability systems for improving the healthiness of food environments and reducing obesity.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity, External Advisory Board for National Institutes of Health, Chair 2013-

PREVIEW study (PREVention of diabetes through lifestyle Intervention and population studies in Europe and around the World), Scientific Advisory Board member 2012-

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Skouteris, H., Hill, B., McCabe, M., Swinburn, B., & Busija, L. (2016). A parent-based intervention to promote healthy eating and active behaviours in pre-school children: evaluation of the MEND 2-4 randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Obes, 11 (1), 4-10. 10.1111/ijpo.12011
  • Keating, C., Backholer, K., Gearon, E., Stevenson, C., Swinburn, B., Moodie, M., ... Peeters, A. (2015). Prevalence of class-I, class-II and class-III obesity in Australian adults between 1995 and 2011-12. Obesity research & clinical practice, 9 (6), 553-562. 10.1016/j.orcp.2015.02.004
  • Swinburn, B., Dietz, W., & Kleinert, S. (2015). A Lancet Commission on obesity. Lancet, 386 (10005), 1716-1717. 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00722-9
  • Swinburn, B., & Moore, M. (2015). Urgently needed: voices for integrity in public policy making (vol 38, pg 505, 2014). AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 39 (5), 499-499. 10.1111/1753-6405.12485
  • Jackson, M., Harrison, P., Swinburn, B., & Lawrence, M. (2015). Using a Qualitative Vignette to Explore a Complex Public Health Issue. Qualitative health research, 25 (10), 1395-1409. 10.1177/1049732315570119
  • Mann, J., Swinburn, B., Beaglehole, R., Ni Mhurchu, C., & Jackson, R. (2015). Diverging global trends in heart disease and diabetes: Implications for dietary guidelines. The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology, 3 (8), 584-585. 10.1016/s2213-8587(15)00206-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Rodney Jackson
  • Kelly, S., & Swinburn, B. (2015). Childhood obesity in New Zealand. The New Zealand medical journal, 128 (1417), 6-7.
  • Vandevijvere, S., & Swinburn, B. (2015). Getting serious about protecting New Zealand children against unhealthy food marketing. The New Zealand medical journal, 128 (1417), 36-40.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stefanie Vandevijvere

Contact details

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 351
New Zealand

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