Sima Hamadeh is a postdoctoral scholar in the Executive Education Program. Prior to joining Northwestern University in Qatar, she was the program coordinator of nutrition and dietetic sciences and an associate professor at Haigazian University and a senior lecturer in the Nutrition Master program at Saint Joseph University in Lebanon.

She received her Master’s degree in Community Nutrition (evolution of nutrition studied in printed media) and PhD in Public Health Nutrition (food and sports policies and communication) from the University of Montreal-Canada. Her PhD work was considered by Canadian experts an original guide to national and international decision and policymakers to develop, implement, and evaluate the components of school nutrition (food and physical activity) policies and nutrition communication strategies.

Since then, she has worked closely with different ministries, organizations, and international institutions. She has several publications related to public health nutrition matters (nutrition in media, nutrition economics, and consumerism, food systems, sociopsychology of nutrition, e-commerce of food and sports, food smart cities, etc.), food and sports policies in different contexts (schools, neighborhoods, communities, etc.), food marketing, and food and physical activity communication strategies. She has provided many talks at national and international scientific congresses. Hamadeh was honored as a finalist for several projects and awarded special prizes for her outstanding papers in Europe, Canada, Gulf countries, and Lebanon. She is also a former member of several executive international scientific committees and associations, and a reviewer for distinguished scientific peer-reviewed journals and health short movie applications to the annual American Public Health Association conference.

Hamadeh’s main research interest deals with public health nutrition, communication, and policies topics. She published several papers exploring these topics from different perspectives, and she designed various significant comprehensive theoretical frameworks and models to consolidate her research work.

Most recently, Hamadeh developed an interest in health communication and journalism studies. This has served to sharpen her inclination to engage in active research within this area which will allow her to blend her professional interests and personal passions into her career.


  • Public health nutrition studies
  • Sociocultural studies of food
  • Nutrition in media and communication
  • Sports and healthy lifestyles communication
  • Food and physical activity policies
  • Food marketing studies
  • Nutrition psychology studies
  • Nutrition economics and consumerism
  • E-food and sports commerce
  • Food systems and consumer behavior studies


Hamadeh, S. Roadmap for future food systems and smart cities: Making the ecosystem connections and policies. Chapter IN: Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Deserts (Heggy et al., Eds). September 2021.

Hamadeh, S. Food and sports market insights: A different story after COVID-19. Emerald Publishing Blogs.https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/opinion-and-blog/food-and-sports-market-insights-a-different-story-after-covid-19. April 2021.

Hamadeh, S. E-Food Commerce, Nutrition Economics and Consumer Behavior: Before and after COVID-19. British Journal of Marketing Studies; vol.9(1). March 2021.

Hamadeh, S. The new encyclopedia of nutrition: A reality after COVID-19. Advances in Nutrition and Food Science; vol7. October 2020.

Hamadeh, S. Smart food and sports policies in the digital Age: Re-defining nutrition economic, education design and Governance. Accepted for publication in AUEIRC20 proceedings published by Springer. June 2020. 

Hamadeh, S. The social psychology of food and body image: Exploring new dimensions in public health policies in MENA. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health Journal- Special Review Issue 1. September 2019.

Hamadeh, S; Marquis, M and Estepan, S. Ten-point vision strategies to offer a menu of options to promote healthy eating and active living in Lebanon: Between facts and stories. Clinical Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics; vol2 (1). January 2019.

Hamadeh, S. and Marquis, M. Linked Models and Theories: A Tool for School Nutrition Policies Development. British Food Journal-Special Issue: “Food Policy and Ethics: Foundational thinking for the 21st century Food System”. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-10-2017-0592. October 2018.

Hamadeh, S. and Estepan, S. The visual discourse of food and its impact on health. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health Journal vol.2(6). May 2018.

Hamadeh, S. and Marquis, M. School Nutrition Policies in Lebanon: shared and complementary perspectives of key stakeholder. Clinical Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics; vol.1 (1). May 2018.

Hamadeh, S. Nutrition Education: Between yesterday, today and tomorrow. EC Nutrition; vol.13(5). April 2018.

Hamadeh, S. Food, physical Activity and Mental Health: A call for Action. E-article in Hospital & Healthcare Management Global. http://www.hhmglobal.com/knowledge-bank/articles/food-physical-activity-and-mental-health-a-call-for-action. January 2018.

Hamadeh, S. Healthy lifestyles in the Arab world: between Nutrition Economics and Food Politics. Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism; November 2017.

Hamadeh, S. Digital Food Marketing: What we know, what we should know? British Journal of marketing Studies; vol.5(8). October 2017.

Hamadeh, S. Nutrition and Physical Activity Communication in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. EC Nutrition; vol.11(2). October 2017.

Hamadeh, S. and Marquis, M. Impact of Socioeconomic and Social Contexts on Youth Perceptions of School Nutrition Policy Development in Lebanon. Journal of Nutrition & Health Sciences, 4 (Issue1), 2017.

Hamadeh, S and Elzein, H. Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents. Prevalence and Aetiology: Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Countries. Ch 8 In Epidemiology of Obesity in Children and Adolescents (Book I of II) - Prevalence and Aetiology. Springer Book (2011).

Hamadeh, S. Socio-cultural determinants of food choice motivations in Quebec (1960-1990). Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research-Online version. Fall 2010.

Hamadeh, S. Women as gatekeepers of family food consumption. “Cornucopia”- Dietitians of Canada Newsletter; 3, Issue1. November 2009.

Hamadeh, S. and Marquis, M. Food Motivation: Content analysis of “Chatelaine” women’s magazine. Nutrition and Food Science Journal; 38(1). February 2008.


Awards and Honors

Honored as a finalist in the Emerald’s Real Impact Award Prize- category: Mobilizing research into action for the outstanding state-of-the-art project “The New Encyclopedia of Nutrition: A reality after COVID-19” from Emerald Publishing. Bradford, UK. January 2021.

Awarded the “Special Prize” for the outstanding innovative project “E-newsletter: Food, Nature and Health Nexus- FNHN” from the Nature Conservation Center-AUB at the 14th edition of IBDAA competition. Beirut, Lebanon. April 2020.

Awarded the “Best Paper” for the outstanding research “Food marketing, Media, Interactive Communication and Consumer Behavior: Smart Food Policies Model in the Digital Age” from the Al Falah University at TASK International Conference 2019. Dubai, UAE. May 2019.

Awarded the “Prix d’Excellence Scientifique Franco-Libanais 2015” for the outstanding research project “Perceptions of different stakeholders to the development of an eventual school nutrition policy (Food &Physical Activity) in Lebanon” from the Société des Membres de la Légion d’Honneur au Liban & the French Embassy in Lebanon. Beirut, Lebanon. May 2015.

Honored as a Guest Speaker and Local Influencer in the national event “Celebrating Leadership en route to Vision 2020” from Dietitians of Canada Board of Directors. Montreal, Canada. May 2010.

Awarded the “Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009” - as Highly Commended Award Winner - for the research project entitled “Food motivation: Content analysis of Chatelaine women's magazine”. Award presented by Jennifer Bowerman (Co-editor) at the Press office of the convention “Health Achieve 2009 Conference: Inspiring ideas and Innovation”, Toronto, Canada. November 2009.