Children at Mulanda Primary School


Interdisciplinary Approach

I think there’s growing success for sure in terms of putting interdisciplinary people together and really letting things happen based on interactions that haven’t happened before.

Alfred G. Gilman, 1994 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

We urgently need to harness the power of the collective to respond to the toughest global challenges – from climate change to global food insecurity to mass migration. To do so, the UK government launched 12 Global Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to bring a coordinated global response to formidable development challenges at scale.

The 12 Hubs unite multi-institutional, interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that improve the lives of many of the world’s hardest-to-reach people. Together they present a huge opportunity to make the world healthier, safer and more prosperous.

The ‘UKRI GCRF Action against Stunting Hub’ is an interdisciplinary team comprising researchers from 17 partner institutions. Running from March 2019 – March 2024, our mission is to transform current research on child undernutrition or stunting from individual components of the problem to the ‘whole child’.

We aim to understand the biological, social, environmental, and behavioural context of stunting.

By undertaking a range of child-focused interventions to prevent, improve and even reverse some critical features of stunting, we will positively impact the lives of millions of children, ensuring that they have the best possible start in life to fulfil their potential.


Connected Dialogue Series: Episode 2: Navigating the Terrain of Infant Health: Unravelling the Gut Microbiome’s Role and Roadblocks

By Yashika Kapoor | 13th October 2023 |

An insightful online event on Wed, Nov 22, 2023, at 13:00 – 14:00 GMT, discussing how gut microbiome plays a crucial role in child development and health issues such as stunted growth. The discussions will provide insights into the fascinating and complex universe of the infant gut microbiome. Discover how this intricate ecosystem is pivotal…

Do climate change and land degradation accelerate child malnutrition?

By Yashika Kapoor | 12th October 2023 |

Climate change and land degradation are global challenges that affect communities, ecosystems, and economies. But how do these environmental issues impact the most vulnerable among us-our children? Join us for a thought-provoking event where we delve into the critical question: “Do Climate Change and Land Degradation Accelerate Child Malnutrition?” Key Topics to be Explored: 🌿…

Connected Dialogue Series: Episode 1 Equity & Context in Policymaking for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

By Yashika Kapoor | 17th July 2023 |

An insightful online event on Wed Aug 2, 2023, at 14:00 GMT+0100 (British Summer Time), discussing the intersection of equity, context, and policymaking in addressing child stunting through WASH initiatives. This episode aims to foster a dynamic conversation between research and practice aspects of WASH interventions affecting child health and development. Equitable access to clean…

Intergenerational effects of child marriage on childhood stunting

By Yashika Kapoor | 17th July 2023 |

Join us for an insightful online event on Thu, Jul 27 2023, at 14:00 GMT+0100 (British Summer Time), as we delve into the intergenerational effects of child marriage on childhood stunting. This event aims to shed light on the long-lasting consequences of child marriage, particularly its impact on childhood growth and development. Experts from various…

A career in International Development: panel discussion with Hub researchers

By Alessia Gasco | 27th June 2022 |

LIDC and the Action Against Stunting Hub are holding an online career event for students with an interest in international development who want to find out more about a career in academia.

Decolonising our food systems: whose land, whose seas?

By Alessia Gasco | 27th June 2022 |

Decolonising food systems involves changing the way we think about food and how we obtain our food. This means challenging who makes decisions about who gets access to safe, nutritious food to eat. It is, therefore, a question of environmental sustainability, access to power, and justice.

ANH2022 Side event: Global Nutrition Policy: Levers, Blockers and Role of Innovative Research

By Alessia Gasco | 27th June 2022 |

Achieving child stunting targets, SDG 2.2, and ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030 will demand multi-sectoral policy and programmatic actions. It will require bringing together multi-sector interventions targeting mothers and children to address direct and broader underlying factors such as diet, disease prevention, food systems, women’s empowerment, and socioeconomic factors. Nutrition is a smart…

The stunting puzzle: what role do helminths play?

By Alessia Gasco | 18th May 2022 |

In this webinar, our team presents their systematic review on helminths infections. They researched the current evidence to help support or refute the hypothesis that helminths cause physical stunting in children.

Ukraine Invasion and Food Systems: Short- and Long-term Impact

By Alessia Gasco | 18th March 2022 |

In this webinar, Joseph Glauber and David Laborde, Senior Research Fellows with IFPRI’s Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division, will present their latest research. They will try to unfold the long and short consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the Global Food Systems. 

Beyond 2030: tackling stunting in India more sustainably and equitably

By Alessia Gasco | 7th February 2022 |

In this webinar, we will explore the current nutrition status in India. We will touch on inequality, environment, climate change and governance to give a complete overview of what can be done to improve the lives of millions of families.