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Dr. Melissa Mialon

Visiting Research Fellow (Trinity Business School)


Dr Mélissa Mialon is a food engineer with a PhD in nutrition. Dr Mialon is a Research Assistant Professor at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland. Her research is funded by an « Applying Research into Policy and Practice Fellowship » from the Irish Health Research Board. She is also an honorary Research Fellow at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Dr Mialon is a consultant for various health and consumers organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Dr Mialon co-coordinates the « Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Intrest in Public Health » (GECI-PH) network. Dr Mialon has published peer-reviewed articles in the Lancet Planetary Health, Social Science and Medicine, Obesity Reviews, Globalization and Health, Addiction, and the International Breastfeeding Journal. She also published book chapters and participated in the writing of commissioned reports. She published a book « Big Food & Cie » in French in October 2021. Her research focuses on commercial determinants of health, particularly the practices used by corporations to influence 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 - a global network for monitoring food environments. She also conducts research on solutions to address the influence of corporations on public health policy, research and practice.
  Addiction and substance abuse   Alcohol and drug policy   Business Organisation and Processes   Diabetes   Globalisation   Human rights   Lactation   Malnutrition   Non communicable diseases   Nutrition/Dietetics   Obesity   Public health   Public Policy   Sociological influences on health   Whistleblower protection
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
Portuguese Fluent Basic Basic
Spanish Fluent Medium Medium
Details Date From Date To
World Public Health and Nutrition Association present
European Public Health Association
Governance, Ethics, and Conflicts of Interest in Public Health (GECI-PH) network 2018 present
Learning from Experience in, Oxford University PressNew York, 2022, pp330-C32.P87 , [Mialon, Mélissa, Anaf, Julia, Baum, Fran], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Chapitre 20. Les déterminants commerciaux de la (mauvaise) santé ? in, EMS Editions, 2022, pp218-224 , [Mialon, Melissa], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Pereira TN, Gomes FDS, Carvalho CMP, Martins APB, Duran ACDFL, Hassan BK, Cruz JI, Mais LA, Ferraz MA, Mialon M, Johns P, Bandeira LM., Regulatory measures for the protection of adequate and healthy diet in Brazil: a 20-year analysis., Cadernos de saude publica, 37Suppl 1, (suppl 1), 2022, pe00153120 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lee, Kelley, Freudenberg, Nicholas, Zenone, Marco, Smith, Julia, Mialon, Melissa, Marten, Robert, Lima, Joana Madureira, Friel, Sharon, Klein, Daniel Eisenkraft, Crosbie, Eric, Buse, Kent, Measuring the Commercial Determinants of Health and Disease: A Proposed Framework, International Journal of Health Services, 52, (1), 2022, p115-128 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mialon M, Cediel G, Jaime PC, Scagliusi FB., "A consistent stakeholder management process can guarantee the 'social license to operate'": mapping the political strategies of the food industry in Brazil., Cadernos de saude publica, 37Suppl 1, (suppl 1), 2022, p , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mialon M. & Pinsky I., Food industry and corporate political activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil: public health or public relations?, World Nutrition, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mialon, Mélissa, Fooks, Gary, Cullerton, Katherine, Gómez-Donoso, Clara, Fidalgo, Hernando Salcedo, Nakkash, Rima, Lacy-Nichols, Jennifer, Corporations and Health: The Need to Combine Forces to Improve Population Health, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Carriedo, Angela, Pinsky, Ilana, Crosbie, Eric, Ruskin, Gary, Mialon, Melissa, The corporate capture of the nutrition profession in the USA: the case of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health Nutrition, 25, (12), 2022, p3568-3582 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kroker-Lobos, Maria F, Morales, Lourdes Analí, Ramírez-Zea, Manuel, Vandevijvere, Stefanie, Champagne, Beatriz, Mialon, Melissa, Two countries, similar practices: the political practices of the food industry influencing the adoption of key public health nutrition policies in Guatemala and Panama, Public Health Nutrition, 25, (11), 2022, p3252-3264 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mialon, Mélissa, Bertscher, Adam, Bero, Lisa, Vandevijvere, Stefanie, Methods for evaluating efforts made by governments to prevent and mitigate corporate influence and conflicts of interest in public health policy, HRB Open Research, 5, 2022, p41 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Mialon M., Petticrew M., London L., Casswell S. & Babor T, Major conflicts of interest in an invitation-only meeting hosted by the UK and the alcohol industry in Asia [FastTake], Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mélissa Mialon, Big Food & Cie, Editions Thierry Souccar, France, Editions Thierry Souccar, 2021, 270pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Mialon M., Governments Push Infant Formula [Book review], World Nutrition, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
A proposed approach to systematically identify and monitor the corporate political activity of the food industry with respect to public health using publicly available information in, editor(s)by N.Kenworthy, R. MacKenzie and K. Lee , Case Studies on Corporations and Global Health Governance, Rowman and Littlefield International, 2016, [35. Mialon M., Swinburn B. & Sacks G], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


Award Date
Travel scholarship, World Public Health Nutrition Congress 2020, Brisbane, Australia [online due to COVID19 outbreak], conference organiser 2020
Travel support, 2020 Global Alcohol Policy Conference, Dublin, Ireland, GECI-PH network 2020
Seed funding for fieldwork in Colombia and Chile for my FAPESP Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Faculty of Health Science, AUB, Lebanon - funded by IDRC (US$ 6,000) 2019
Higher Degree by Research Grant to undertake PhD related activities, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia (AUD$ 3,000) 2016
Faculty of Health support for online research journal publications cost, Deakin University, Australia (AUD$ 1,745) 2016
Higher Degree by Research Conference Grant, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Australia (AUD$ 1,600) 2016
Early Career Small Grant to undertake PhD-related fieldwork in Fiji, Strategic Research Centre - Population Health, Deakin University, Australia (AUD$ 3,350) [competitive] 2014
Higher Degree by Research Grant to undertake PhD related activities, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Australia (AUD$ 1,080) 2014
Travel grant, "French Researchers in Australia Network Conference 2014", Sydney, Australia, French Embassy in Australia 2014
Small grant for postgraduates to undertake an internship at Action Contre la Faim, Paris, Rotary Club Dijon, France (1,000€) [competitive] 2012
International mobility grant for postgraduates to spend one academic year in Ireland, Region of Burgundy, France (3,000€) 2010
European academic exchange Erasmus programme grant to spend one academic year in Ireland, European Union (1,200€) 2010
International mobility grant for postgraduates to undertake a 5 month internship in the USA, Region of Burgundy, France (1,680€) 2010
Contest on "foreign manufactured goods" (200€, second prize), Agrosup Dijon, France 2011
National writing contest on "resistance and deportation during World War II" - first and third prizes, Alpes Maritimes department - Ministry of Education, France 2005
Commercial determinants of health; corporate political activity and public health; conflicts of interest; food industry; infant formula industry and breastfeeding; alcohol industry; non-communicable diseases; nutrition; public health governance; multi-stakeholder mechanisms; health policies; political economy of the food industry; ethics