The First Thousand Days of Life: Obesity and Global Health Policy in South Africa

Opinion Paper by Dr Michelle Pentecost, reflecting on travelling images, and travelling technologies of global health

The Fridge: A Window to the Soul?

Opinion paper by Isabel Beshar, reflecting on artistic depictions of the fridge.

Cream Meetings

Opinion paper by Bronwyn Platten and Megan Warin, inspired by the film, Untitled (The Party) (2011)

Ecologies of Water, Fluid Boundaries and Obesity Studies

Opinion Paper by Professor Stanley Ulijaszek, inspired by Amy Sharrocks' Museum of Water


Opinion Paper by Dr Karin Eli, inspired by the Manic Street Preachers and Jenny Saville.
Welcome to the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity

We are an interdisciplinary research unit based at the University of Oxford, dedicated to understanding the complex and interwoven causes of obesity in populations across the world. Our Fellows, Associates, and students represent a diversity of disciplines, both within and beyond the academic sphere. Our project collaborators range from visual and performance artists to epidemiologists, policy makers and anthropologists. A paper outlining the UBVO's multidisciplinary obesity research can be found here.

Meet our researchers

Our Fellows, associates, and students represent a broad cross-section of disciplines.

See what's on

Throughout the year we host a range of seminars by speakers with a wide diversity of perspectives, from both within and beyond the academic sphere.

Keep up to date

Find out about the latest obesity related workshops, events, and online articles.