Associate Professor, Deakin University

Gary Sacks is an Associate Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow at the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University. Gary’s research focuses on policies for the prevention of obesity and related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Gary’s research has been included as part of The Lancet Series on Obesity in 2015 and 2011, and the ACE-Prevention study, which examined the cost-effectiveness of over 100 interventions for disease prevention in Australia. Gary has also co-authored several reports for the World Health Organization (WHO) related to obesity prevention. Gary co-founded INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity / NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support) - a global network that aims to monitor food environments. He led the development of a Food Policy Index for Australia, that assessed Australian governments on their obesity prevention policies.

Gary completed his PhD in public health at Deakin University in 2011. His PhD thesis investigated policies for obesity prevention, including studies on the cost-effectiveness of taxes on unhealthy food and improved nutrition labelling.

Gary has a broad range of international public health research and policy experience. This includes research placements at the World Health Organization (Switzerland), Harvard University (USA), the University of Oxford (UK), and the International Telecommunications Union (Switzerland). Prior to entering the field of public health, Gary worked as a management consultant, providing strategic business advice to multi-national corporations and State and Federal governments in Australia. Gary has tertiary qualifications in economics, information systems and health informatics.


  • 2018–present
    Associate Professor, Deakin University
  • 2014–2017
    Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2011–2013
    Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2007–2010
    PhD Candidate, Deakin University


  • 2011 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Information Systems (Honours)
  • 2001 
    University of Melbourne, Bachelor of Commerce

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Public Nutrition Intervention (111104)
  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Health Economics (140208)