Dr Libby Swanepoel

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Dr Libby Swanepoel


Teaching areas

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

Research areas

  • capacity building in public health nutrition
  • determinants of health and dietary practices
  • nutrition during pregnancy, infancy and childhood
  • qualitative methodologies in research


Dr Libby Swanepoel is a lecturer and dietitian in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering. Libby is passionate about the prevention of nutrition-related diseases, predominantly in the areas of child, infant and maternal nutrition. Her current research interests include capacity building for more effective public health action, the influence of the determinants of health on dietary practices, and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle focusing on food supply and food choice in vulnerable populations.

Libby teaches into both the Bachelor of Nutrition and the Bachelor of Nutrition and 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 and learning techniques.

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year
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  

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