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The politics of global public-private nutrition partnerships

The project seeks to explore and analyze how public and private actors influence the politics of nutrition through a case study of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and its influence on nutrition policy-making in Tanzania.

About the project

My project explores and analyzes how state and non-state, public and private actors, influence the way in which malnutrition is understood, promoted and governed at the global level and in Tanzania.

This is done through a case study of a global public-private partnership called “The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement” (SUN) which seeks to reduce undernutrition among children in countries with high burdens of malnutrition.

The project explores the interaction of different norms, ideas and interests expressed through the partnership and how these interactions shape relations of power, authority and legitimacy within nutrition governance at the global level, and in Tanzania.

The study draws on international relations and public health policy research, and is based on:

  • In-depth interviews with actors involved in SUN,
  • Participant observation at SUN events and at nutrition conferences,
  • A literature study.


2014 – 2020


University of Oslo

Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund

Høyesterettsadvokat Per Ryghs legat


Faculty of Medicine – Institute of Health and Society

Tags: Public-Private Partnership, Nutrition, Governance, Food, Global Health, Tanzania, SUN, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Published Sep. 13, 2017 2:10 PM - Last modified Aug. 12, 2020 11:31 AM