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Tarra Penney

Assistant Professor

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A headshot of Dr. Penney

Dr Penney is a population health scientist focused on the prevention of disease at the global level. She is an assistant professor of Global Food Systems and Policy Research, an investigator with the Global Strategy Lab and a faculty member of the Dahdaleh institute for Global Health Research at York University. Dr Penney completed her Postdoctoral training and PhD in medical sciences concentration in epidemiology at the MRC Epidemiology Unit and School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK. Through the application of systems thinking and multiple methods to disease prevention Dr. Penney seeks to support evidence based global health policy formation fit to tackle some of our largest global challenges including food insecurity, emergence of zoonoses, anti-microbial resistance and the related consequences of climate change.  

Dr Penney engages in highly collaborative research that values global collaboration and the generation and integration of a pluralistic evidence base to inform policy for government and non-governmental organizations, for example the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCDs, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Global Food Security Programme, Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. To support policy relevance, her research involves building research practices and process that support collaboration across a range of academic disciplines such as social science, law, economics and environmental science and partners across multiple country contexts spanning the Global North and South including Canada, UK, Australia, Philippines, DRC, China, Senegal, Haiti, India, Palestine and Ghana.  

Graduate supervision 

Dr Penney is currently accepting PhD students for supervision. Her research interests include healthy, sustainable and equitable global food systems and surveillance, food policy evaluation (qualitative, experimental and quasi-experimental), public health nutrition, systems thinking and complexity science methodology, population and planetary health.