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Dr Libby Swanepoel

PhD Sunshine Coast, MNut&Dietetics (Hons) Griff., BSc Qld.

  • Program Coordinator, Bachelor of Nutrition
  • Senior Lecturer, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition
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Libby Swanpepoel

Dr Libby Swanepoel is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Nutrition. Libby’s research sees her working across food systems for global development. Her primary interests include food security, community capacity building and gender development with a particular focus on women and families. Libby currently has projects across the Indo-Pacific region, including Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands. Libby is a skilled qualitative researcher with expertise in socio-economic evaluation.

Libby coordinates and teaches several courses in both the Bachelor of Nutrition and the Bachelor of Dietetics. She is passionate about inspiring students to take an upstream approach to their future practice, and seeks to enhance the student learning experience through the use of technology, curriculum design and the integration of innovative teaching techniques and blended learning strategies.


  • Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) John Dillon Fellow 2018
  • Runner-up USC Research Showcase Minute-To-Win-It Competition 2018

Research Grants

Project name


Funding body

Years of operation

Improving nutrition through women’s and men’s engagement in the seaweed food chain in Kiribati and Samoa

Dr L Swanepoel, N Paul, S Larson, B Pamphilon

ACIAR $250,000


Empowering women in Kiribati through seaweed utilisation

Dr E Swanepoel and A/Prof Nick Paul

USC Faculty Early Career Research Grant, $4000


Diet and chronic kidney disease

Dr HH Wright, Dr E Swanepoel, Dr N Gray, Ms H Kickbusch

SCHHS Wishlist Research grant, $5825

November 2018 – November 2020

Potential Research Projects for HDR & Honours Students

  • Food security and global development
  • Determinants of health and dietary practices
  • Maternal, infant and childhood nutrition
  • Capacity building to enhance food supply and food choice of populations

Research areas

  • Food security and gender development in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Capacity building in public health nutrition practice
  • Determinants of health and dietary practices
  • Nutrition during pregnancy, infancy and childhood
  • Qualitative methodologies in research
  • Seaweed food chain in the Pacific Islands
  • Food security in the Pacific Islands
  • Capacity building and gender development

Teaching areas

  • Public Health Nutrition & Advanced Public Health Nutrition
  • Project Management for Nutrition Practice
  • Complementary Approaches to Food and Nutrition
  • Qualitative Research

Program coordinator

Libby's specialist areas of knowledge include medical nutrition therapy, food in society, nutrition management of individuals, nutrition and dietetic practice management

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