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Prof Greta Defeyter

Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Greta Defeyter is Professor of Developmental Psychology in the department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing.  Greta is the  founder and the Director of the ‘Healthy Living’ Lab at Northumbria University and has spent the last 20 years researching food insecurity, social injustice, school feeding programmes and holiday hunger programmes in the UK. She has received funding from multiple sources and has published numerous papers on school breakfast clubs, school food programmes and holiday hunger programmes in the UK. She is now a recognised expert in this area and in 2015, she was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in recognition of her research with children living in areas of social and economic deprivation.  More recently, she joined a prestigious line up of award winners, including Jamie Oliver, by winning a Food Heroes Award from Sustain for her research on school breakfast clubs and holiday hunger programmes. In 2020 she was recognised, by the Big Issue, as one of the top 100 change makers for her research and policy impact on childhood food poverty in the UK.  Greta has advised the DfE on the Holiday Activities and Food Progamme (HAF) and is a member of the British Psychological Society Expert Reference Group-From Poverty to Flourishing, a Subject Expert on the American Psychological Association’s-Equity Flattens the Curve Campaign, a civic commissioner on the Gateshead Poverty Truth Commission, an executive member of the North East Child Poverty Commission, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine Health and Food Council, and a trustee of Feeding Britain.

Greta Defeyter

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Greta is the  founder and the Director of the ‘Healthy Living’ Lab at Northumbria University and has spent the last 20 years researching food insecurity, social injustice, school feeding programmes and holiday hunger programmes in the UK. She has received funding from multiple sources and has published numerous papers on school breakfast clubs, school food programmes and holiday hunger programmes in the UK. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Examining the Relationship Between Child Holiday Club Attendance and Parental Mental Wellbeing, Long, M., Stretesky, P., Crilley, E., Sattar, Z., Defeyter, M. 16 Apr 2021, In: Public Health in Practice
  • Food Insecurity: A constant Factor in the Lives of Low-Income Families in Scotland and England, Shinwell, J., Defeyter, G. 19 May 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Food insecurity, food waste, food behaviours and cooking confidence of UK citizens at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown, Armstrong, B., Reynolds, C., Martins, C., Frankowska, A., Levy, R., Rauber, F., Osei-Kwasi, H., Vega, M., Cediel, G., Schmidt, X., Kluczkovski, A., Akparibo, R., Auma, C., Defeyter, M., Tereza da Silva, J., Bridge, G. 8 Sep 2021, In: British Food Journal
  • Holiday Club Programmes in Northern Ireland: The Voices of Children and Young People, Shinwell, J., Finlay, E., Allen, C., Defeyter, G. 2 Feb 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Holiday Hunger in the UK: Local Responses to Childhood Food Insecurity, Long, M., Defeyter, M., Stretesky, P. 4 Aug 2021
  • Mental Well-Being in UK Higher Education During Covid-19: Do Students Trust Universities and the Government?, Defeyter, M., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Furey, S., Reynolds, C., Porteous, D., Dodd, A., Mann, E., Kemp, A., Fox, J., McAnallen, A., Concalves, L. 26 Apr 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity in Primary School Children: Inactive Lessons Are Dominated by Maths and English, Daly-Smith, A., Hobbs, M., Morris, J., Defeyter, G., Resaland, G., McKenna, J. 22 Jan 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • The Map of Need: Identifying and predicting the spatial distribution of financial hardship in Scotland’s Veteran Community, Kiernan, M., Rodrigues, M., Mann, E., Stretesky, P., Defeyter, M. 4 Mar 2021, In: BMJ Military Health
  • Feeding disadvantaged children during the Covid-19 pandemic, Defeyter, M., Mann, E., Wonders, P., Goodwin, S. 2 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Health Visiting
  • Food insecurity in advanced capitalist nations: A review, Long, M., Gonçalves, L., Stretesky, P., Defeyter, M. 1 May 2020, In: Sustainability (Switzerland)

Current and Recent Projects

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  • An evaluation of Kitchen Social:l: the impact on individuals and communities, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Mayor’s fund for London, 08/01/18 - 07/01/21, £31,138.00
  • Summer Holiday Project, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Big Lottery Fund, 01/05/17 - 31/03/18, £70,000.00
  • Online Breakfast club training (2nd cohort), Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Kelloggs, 01/09/16 - 31/08/17, £55,140.00
  • An evaluation of the provision of holiday clubs and after school clubs for 2-18 year olds in terms of health, social, economic and educational outcomes, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Brake Bros Limited, 11/01/16 - 10/01/19, £36,545.00
  • Evaluation - HITZ, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Premiership Rugby, 02/11/15 - 28/02/17, £15,000.00
  • Training for school cooks, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Hartlepool Borough Council, 01/11/15 - 30/04/16, £3,500.00
  • Breakfast Club Training Sept 2015 academic year, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Kelloggs, 01/09/15 - 31/07/16, £33,495.00
  • Evaluation Brakes Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Brake Bros Limited, 20/07/15 - 20/01/16, £10,000.00
  • Study proposal for Public Health Wales re Pilot Evaluation of Brakes Summer Holiday Enrichment Programme, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Public Health Wales, 15/07/15 - 14/01/16, £5,000.00
  • Investigating the impact of Maker Faire on STEM interest, education and careers, Defeyter, G. (Principal Investigator), Centre for Life, 25/04/15 - 30/06/15, £4,165.00

Professional Activity

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  • Oral presentation: "Because we are coming here, it's making my life easier" Children's views on what difference holiday clubs make to them 2018
  • Oral presentation: Holiday hunger, summer learning loss and the importance of summer clubs in tackling these phenomena 2018
  • Oral presentation: Healthy Living Lab: Public Engagement 2017
  • Oral presentation: A NEET Solution? Addressing issues of Social Justice through an education project for marginalised youth delivered through Premiership Rugby Clubs 2017
  • Oral presentation: A NEET Solution? The impact of an education project for marginalised youth delivered through Premiership Rugby Clubs 2017
  • Oral presentation: School Feeding Programmes 2017
  • Oral presentation: Holiday hunger: Summer learning loss and wellbeing 2017
  • Invited talk: Universal free school breakfast: A socioecological perspective of breakfast behaviours in a deprived town within the North-East of England, UK 2017
  • Oral presentation: Health eating in schools: School breakfast clubs and holiday hunger 2016
  • Oral presentation: Holiday hunger: The effect on social relationships and educational attainment 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Louise Harvey-Golding Universal Free School Breakfast: A Socioecological Perspective of Breakfast Behaviours Within a Deprived Town in the North-West of England, UK Start Date: 09/12/2013 End Date: 29/09/2017
  • Emily Mann Holiday Provision: A mixed methods investigation of holiday clubs in terms of location, implementation, delivery and impact Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 11/06/2019
  • Emily Mann Holiday Provision: A mixed methods investigation of holiday clubs in terms of location, implementation, delivery and impact Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 11/06/2019
  • Pamela Graham School Breakfast Clubs, Social Relationships and Behaviour Start Date: 05/10/2009 End Date: 23/04/2015
  • Sarah Stewart How Do Children and Adults Make Inferences About Ownership? Start Date: 15/09/2008 End Date: 12/06/2014
  • Emily Round An Investigation of Holiday Clubs and Household Food Insecurity in North-East England Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • Jackie Shinwell An Investigation of Holiday Club Provision: Impact on Children’s Educational Attainment, Nutritional Intake and Wider Family Benefits Start Date: 11/01/2016 End Date: 06/11/2019
  • Sarah Foster How the personal attachment representations of Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists relate to their reasoning about child welfare-related attachment phenomena. Start Date: 01/11/2015
  • Eilish Crilley An investigation into the “Kitchen Social” holiday programme in terms of the operation and impacts on the wellbeing, diet and activity of service users. Start Date: 01/03/2018
  • Sarah Foster . Start Date: 01/11/2015 End Date: 29/10/2019
  • Jackie Shinwell An Investigation of Holiday Club Provision: Impact on Children’s Educational Attainment, Nutritional Intake and Wider Family Benefits Start Date: 11/01/2016 End Date: 29/10/2019
  • Eilish Crilley Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 29/10/2019
  • Jackie Shinwell An Investigation of Holiday Club Provision: Impact on Children’s Educational Attainment, Nutritional Intake and Wider Family Benefits Start Date: 11/01/2016 End Date: 31/10/2019
  • Sarah Foster . Start Date: 01/11/2015 End Date: 31/10/2019
  • Eilish Crilley Start Date: 01/03/2018 End Date: 31/10/2019
  • Louise Harvey-Golding Universal Free School Breakfast: A Socioecological Perspective of Breakfast Behaviours Within a Deprived Town in the North-West of England, UK Start Date: 09/12/2013 End Date: 29/09/2017

Qualifications

  • Education PCAP June 30 2004
  • Psychology PhD September 01 1999
  • Member of the Expert Panel American Psychological Association (APA) 2020
  • Member of the Expert Panel Advisory Group British Psychological Society 2020
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2005
  • Fellow (FBPsS) British Psychological Society (BPS) 2003
  • Full Member Breakfast Club Plus National Steering Group 2003


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