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Healthier Lives has set aside $3.8 million over 5 years (2019–2024) for research on healthy food and physical activity environments to examine how the world in which we live influences what we eat and how active we are, and how we might change food and physical activity environments to:

  • reduce the overall burden of NCDs in New Zealand, particularly related to our target diseases (obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease), and
  • increase equitable health outcomes.


Research scoping and prioritisation workshop

To better understand the current research landscape we have commissioned Dr Sarah Gerritsen (University of Auckland) to undertake a stocktake of relevant systematic reviews of research, international reviews of population-level policies and recent New Zealand research.

As the next step, we’re planning a focussed workshop of researchers and policy makers to scope and prioritise the most important research topics and questions for New Zealand.

The full-day workshop will be held in Wellington on Friday 22 March 2019.  Healthier Lives will arrange travel for participants not based in Wellington.

Participants will be asked to set aside time to prepare for the workshop by reading the stocktake and accompanying thinkpiece, and reflecting on the issues raised.  You will also need to be familiar with the Healthier Lives research strategy 2019–2024 (PDF 3.3 MB).


Call for expressions of interest

We welcome expressions of interest from researchers with relevant expertise and a track record of collaboration, and we particularly encourage Māori and Pacific researchers and early-to-mid career researchers (with a track record relative to your length of experience) to consider applying.

However, please note that workshop places are strictly limited and the chances of being disappointed are quite high.  We are seeking a spread of expertise and representation from a range of institutions. 


To register your interest please complete the online application form below. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 25 January 2019.

You will be notified of the outcome by Friday 22 February 2019.

For more information please email


Please include

  • your name and contact details
  • a short statement about
    • your experience relevant to population interventions and programmes designed to achieve ‘healthy food and physical activity environments’
    • what you can bring to this research prioritisation exercise
    • your track record in collaborating across disciplines and institutions
  • a list of up to five publications relevant to ‘healthy food and physical activity environments’