Maternal, Parental and Infant Nutrition and Nurture (MAINN)

The MAINN research team is an interdisciplinary group that focuses upon complex political, cultural, psychosocial and economic influences upon nutrition and nurture.

We adopt a biopsychosocial perspective that recognises the interactions between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors in relation to parental, infant, child and family physical and mental health.

We are also interested in the nature of the relationship that is engendered between parents and infants because of various kinds of nutritive and nurturing behaviours, such as breastfeeding.

Strategic objectives:

  • To conduct distinctive, interdisciplinary, internationally recognised biopsychosocial research and scholarship in relation to parental, infant, child and family physical and mental health.
  • To engage with local, national and international strategic initiatives.
  • To embrace public health, social exclusion, and diversity agendas regarding nutrition, nurture and psychosocial wellbeing.
  • To maintain and build upon strong and stable external partnerships and collaborations to include the DH, NHS, NICE, UNICEF and WHO.