Dr Carin Napier

• Doctor of Technology in Food Service Management - Thesis entitled: Evaluation of a feeding programme in addressing malnutrition in primary school children. • Masters of Technology in Food Service Management - Dissertation entitled: Nutritional status and food consumption patterns of children in the Vaal Triangle, South Africa


Carin Napier joined the University of Auckland in May 2019 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Longitudinal Research. Part of her role is the research management and coordination in the Growing Up in New Zealand research study. Prior to joining UoA she worked at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in South Africa as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor for a period of 11 years. She was awarded her Associate Professorship in 2010 and C2 rated researcher status by the National Research Foundation in 2019. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at DUT.

In SA Carin also held the roles of Director of Research and Postgraduate support since June 2017, and the Head of Department in the Food and Nutrition Consumer Sciences Department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences during 2018.

She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Nutritionist, serves on the Council of the Nutrition Society of South Africa and is a member of the World Public Health Nutrition Organization, as well as being a member of the South African Association of Family Ecology and Consumer Science.

She published 23 articles in accredited journals, and has chaired, adjudicated, presented key note addresses, and presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences, 25 to date.  She currently has a Google Scholar h-index of 7, with 348 citations, as well as a Researchgate h-index of 6, with 220 citations and 2492 reads recorded. She has been appointed as examiner of various masters’ and doctoral degree dissertations and theses across South Africa.

She has been a publications reviewer for various journals over the years, Clinical Nutrition Official Journal of ESPEN, The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN). “Health SA Gesondheid” Journal of the University of Johannesburg, South African Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences, Scientific Research and Essays, SA Journal of Child Health 2016 and 2017, and Biomedical Nutrition Journal (BMC Nutrition). She is also on the Editorial Board of the SA Journal of Consumer Sciences.

Carin also served on various committees at DUT including the Institutional Research Ethics Committee in the role of deputy chairperson. She has experience in developing and maintaining International collaborations, specifically in the USA and Germany.


Research | Current

Her field of research is in line with national and international policies, and believes that Food and Nutrition security research can contribute toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the SA National Development Plan, as well as the Integrated Nutrition Program of the South African Department of Health. She is currently the PI developing Food Based Dietary Guidelines for the Elderly in South Africa. In NZ her interest is within the Growing Up in New Zealand Research study and keen tp investigate specifically Food Security and Dietary Diversity in NZ children.

Postgraduate supervision

She has successfully supervised and co-supervised 28 Masters and 3 PHD students, and is currently supervising 6 Masters and 4 PHD students.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gontijo de Castro, T., Gerritsen, S., Morton, S., Napier, C., & Wall, C. (2020). International infant feeding indicators: findings from the GUiNZ birth cohort study. Paper presented at World Public Health Nutrition Conference 2020, Brisbane, Australia. 31 March - 3 April 2020. WPHN Congress 2020- Abstract Book. (pp. 1). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51487
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Teresa Gontijo de Castro, Sarah Gerritsen, Susan Morton
  • Napier, C., Warriner, K., Sibiya, M. N., & Reddy, P. (2019). Nutritional status and dietary diversity of pregnant women in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Health SA = SA Gesondheid, 2410.4102/hsag.v24i0.1114
  • Napier, C., Oldewage-Theron, W., & Makhaye, B. (2018). Predictors of food insecurity and coping strategies of women asylum seekers and refugees in Durban, South Africa. Agriculture and Food Security, 7 (1).10.1186/s40066-018-0220-2
  • Napier, C. E., Oldewage-Theron, W. H., & Grobbelaar, H. H. (2018). Testing of developed Food Based Dietary Guidelines for the elderly in South Africa. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 31 (3), 55-61. 10.1080/16070658.2017.1388560
  • Nzama, P. F., & Napier, C. (2017). Nutritional adequacy of menus offered to children of 2 - 5 years in registered childcare facilities in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. South African Journal of Child Health, 11 (2), 80-80. 10.7196/SAJCH.2017.v11i2.1192
  • Mkhize, B. T., Mabaso, M., Mamba, T., Napier, C. E., & Mkhize-Kwitshana, Z. L. (2017). The Interaction between HIV and Intestinal Helminth Parasites Coinfection with Nutrition among Adults in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. BioMed research international, 201710.1155/2017/9059523
  • Napier, C., & Hlambelo, N. (2014). Contribution of school lunchboxes to the daily food intake of adolescent girls in Durban. South African Journal of Child Health, 8 (2), 59-59. 10.7196/sajch.658
  • Grobbelaar, H. H., & Napier, C. E. (2014). Child and youth care workers: Profile, nutrition knowledge and food safety and hygiene practices. Health SA Gesondheid, 19 (1).10.4102/hsag.v19i1.776

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1115
New Zealand