Dr Mélissa Mialon is a food engineer with a PhD in public health. She currently is an independent researcher, based in France, and a consultant for various health and consumers organisations, including the World Health Organization.
Her research focuses on the influence of the food and alcohol industries on public health policy, research and practice. Dr Mialon developed a novel approach to identify and monitor the political practices of the food industry at the national level. Her research protocol was developed for INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support) – a global network for monitoring food environments.
Dr Mialon has strong research collaborations internationally and robust research experience, through her previous positions in the Pacific, Europe and Latin America. She is a consultant for various health and consumers organisations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CFTFK), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition - HCC and the Pan American Health Organization - PAHO/regional office of the Americas for the World Health Organization (WHO). She was a commissioned expert for the WHO during the development of its conflicts of interest policy for its nutrition programmes in countries.
Between 2018 and 2020, she was a FAPESP Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. As part of this project, she was a visiting fellow at the University of Antioquia (Colombia) and the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA), University of Chile in 2019. In 2016-17, Dr Mialon was part of the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG), University of York, in the UK, where she worked on a project funded by the Wellcome Trust and entitled: 'The Alcohol Industry and Public Interest Science'. In 2013-16, Dr Mialon undertook a PhD with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for obesity prevention at Deakin University, in Australia. In 2015, she was a visiting research fellow at the Pacific Center for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-communicable Disease (C-POND) in Fiji. Before joining Deakin University, Dr Mialon obtained a BSc in physiology (2009) and a MSc in food science and engineering (2012). During her MSc, she spent a year at the University College of Cork in Ireland (ERASMUS European exchange). She led a research project in a food biotechnology laboratory at Purdue University in the USA and was an intern for the charity Action Against Hunger in Paris, France, and for the United Nations Standing Committee on Nutrition in Geneva, Switzerland.