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Holliday Nicole

Nicole Holliday

Scientific Research Associate


Chair for Public Health and Health Services Research
Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology (IBE)
Pettenkofer School of Public Health
Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU)
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6
81377 Munich, Germany

Room: U032
Phone: +49 (0) 2180-78234

Research Associate and PhD Candidate

Junior Research Group Planetary Health Nutrition
Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6, D-81377 Munich, Germany
Office: U032
Phone: +49 (0)89 2180 782 34

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This page in German.

I am a public health researcher with a background in health promotion and behavior. My current interests lie in healthy and sustainable diets, systems science, health equity, LGBTQ+ health, and commercial determinants of health. My master’s thesis examined the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals in Moldova. My current PhD research focuses on improving food environments to promote healthy and sustainable diets. My projects include complex systems mapping of the double burden of malnutrition in South Africa, a Cochrane Review on the effects of school nutrition interventions for human and planetary health, and an assessment of the food policy environment in South Africa.

Current Projects

  • FoodPlanetH - Food Environments for Planetary Health (2022-2027, Junior Research Group, Research Associate; Project brief)
  • FoodSAMSA - Food environments in Africa: Addressing Malnutrition using a Syndemics Approach (2021-2024, Research Associate; Website)
  • MensaPlus - interventions to support healthy and sustainable diets in university canteens and similar settings

Areas of interest

  • Public and planetary health nutrition
  • Food systems and sustainability
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • LGBTQ+ health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Commercial determinants of health
  • Systems science

Methodological expertise

  • Evidence syntheses (systematic reviews, scoping reviews)
  • Qualitative research
  • Integrated knowledge translation, science communication, and stakeholder engagement


All publications on Google Scholar, and ResearchGate.

  • Holliday, N., & Mulear, V. Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ Individuals in Moldova: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Journal of homosexuality. 2023 May; 1–28. Advance online publication. doi:
  • Holliday, N., Leibinger, A., Huizinga, O., Klinger, C., Okanmelu, E., Geffert, K., Rehfuess, E., & von Philipsborn, P. Application of the WHO Nutrient Profile Model to products on the German market: Implications for proposed new food marketing legislation in Germany. 2023 April; MedRxiv pre-print. doi:
  • Holliday, N., Pitt, S., & von Philipsborn, P. Policies for sustainable and healthy diets: A report on policies to create enabling environments for sustainable and healthy diets with case studies from Germany, Paraguay, Thailand, and South Africa. 2023


  • 2023 – present: Ph.D. candidate in Medical Research: Epidemiology & Public Health, LMU Munich, Germany
  • 2021 – 2022: M.Sc. in Global Urban Health, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2014 – 2018: B.S. in Public Health, Oregon State University, United States