Rachel Loopstra

Lecturer in Nutrition, King's College London

Research Areas: Social Inequality, Health and Well-Being.

Rachel Loopstra’s research focuses on understanding social welfare policy as a determinant of population health and well-being. Her interests broadly focus on material deprivation, examining how social welfare expansion and retrenchment influence food insecurity and housing insecurity, and the social and health consequences of these experiences.


Rachel completed her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focused on understanding drivers and outcomes of food insecurity in Canada.


Loopstra R., Reeves A., Barr B., Taylor-Robinson D., McKee M., Stuckler D. Economic determinants of homelessness in England: testing the impact of austerity and recessions using cross-local area fixed effects models of 323 local authorities. Journal of Public Health. Epub ahead of print: 12 Sep 2015.

Loopstra, R., Tarasuk, V. An exploration of the unprecedented decline in the prevalence of household food insecurity in Newfoundland and Labrador, 2007-2012. Canadian Public Policy. 2015. 41(3): 191-206.

Loopstra, R., Reeves, A., Stuckler, D. Rising food insecurity in Europe. The Lancet. 2015. 385(9982): 2041.

Loopstra, R., Tarasuk, V. Food bank usage is a poor indicator of food insecurity: insights from Canada. Society and Social Policy. 2015. 14(3): 443-455.

Loopstra R., Reeves A, Taylor-Robinson D, Barr B, McKee M, Stuckler D. Austerity, sanctions, and the rise of food banks in the UK. BMJ. 2015 Apr 8;350.