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Bianca Carducci is a nutrition scientist, specializing in the linkage between food systems, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Bianca received her PhD from University of Toronto in Nutritional Sciences with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health where her dissertation aimed to improve the understanding of the food environment and its relationship with diet-related health outcomes in school-aged children and adolescents in low- and middle- income countries, using Pakistan as a case study. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from University of Guelph. Most recently, she was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. At Columbia University's Climate School, she is working to expand the Food for Humanity Initiative. This includes developing cut-offs for food system indicators to measure and monitor performance particularly as it relates to sustainable and healthy diets and nutrition; just transformations for healthy food systems, including economic and policy incentives; as well as modelling the effect of climate variability on crops and dietary diversity.



Doctor of Philosophy

Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto

Thesis: The Relationship Between Food Environments and Nutritional Status in School-aged Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Evidence from Sindh, Pakistan

Collaborative Specialization in Global Health


Master of Science

Human Health and Nutrition

University of Guelph

Research on the inter-modal reliability and usability of a nutrition risk screen tool for preschoolers, Nutri-eSTEP, the online NutriSTEP® in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada


Bachelor of Science

University of Toronto



July 2023 - July 2024


Columbia Climate School, Columbia University


September 2022 - June 2023

Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University


April 2021 - May 2022

Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children


January 2016 - March 2021

Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children

Centre for Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children


September 2014 - December 2015


2022        Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

2021        International Development Research Centre

2021       University of Toronto, Student Engagement Award

2020       Ontario Graduate Scholarship


Neupane S, Jangid M, Scott SP, Kim SS, Murira Z, Heidkamp R, Carducci B, and Menon P. Availability of national polices, programs, and survey-based coverage data to track nutrition interventions in South Asia. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2023; e13555.

Fanzo J, McLaren R, Bellows A, and Carducci B. The challenges and opportunities of increasing the effectiveness of food reformulation and fortification for improved dietary and nutrition outcomes. Food Policy 2023;119: 102515.

Rockstrom J., Thilsted S., Willett W., Gordon L., Herrero M., Agustina R., Covic N., Forouhi N.G., Hicks C., Fano J., Kebreab E., Kremen C., Laxminarayan R., Marteau T., Monteiro C., Njuki J., Rivera J.A., Springmann M., Pan A., Pan W.H., Rao N., van Vuuren D., Vermeulen S., Webb P., Carducci B., Conti C., D’Croz D.M., Milutinovic S., DeClerck F. EAT-Lancet 2.0: Securing a Just Transformation to Healthy, Environmentally Sustainable Diets for All. Lancet Planetary Health. 2023;402(10399):352-54.

Harrison L, Carducci B, Klein J and Bhutta ZA. Indirect effects of COVID-19 on child and adolescent mental health: an overview of systematic reviews. BMJ Global Health. 2022;7:e010713.

Kalbarczyk A, Aberman N-L, van Asperen BSM, Morgan R, Bhutta Z, Carducci B, Heidkamp R, Osendarp S, Kumar N, Lartey A, Malapit H, Quisumbing A, and Fabrizio C. COVID-19, nutrition, and gender: An evidence-informed approach to gender-responsive policies and programs. Soc Sci Med. 2022;312:115364.

Carducci B, Wasan Y, Shakeel A, Hussain A, Baxter J, Rizvi A, Soofi S and Bhutta ZA. Characterizing Retail Food Environments in Peri-Urban Pakistan during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2022; 19(14): 8614.


Baxter J*, Carducci B*, Kamali M, Zlotkin S and Bhutta ZA. Fortification of salt with iron and iodine versus fortification of salt with iodine alone for improving iron and iodine status. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2022, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD013463


Vaivada T, Lassi ZS, Irfan O, Salam RS, Das JK, Oh C, Carducci B, Jain R, Als D, Sharma N, Keats EC, Patton GC, Kruk ME, Black RE, and Bhutta ZA. What can work and how? An overview of evidence-based interventions and delivery strategies to support health and human development from before conception to 20 years. The Lancet. 2022;399(10337):1810 - 1829.

Oh C, Carducci B, Vaivada T and Bhutta ZA. Digital Interventions for Universal Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2022; 149 (Supplement 6): e2021053852H.


Carducci B, Oh, C., Roth, D.E. et al. Gaps and priorities in assessment of food environments for children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Nature Food. 2021;2: 396–403.


Carducci B, Keats EC, Bhutta ZA. Zinc supplementation in pregnancy for improvement of infant outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2021, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000230.


Carducci B, Keats EC, Ruel M, Haddad L, Osendarp S and Bhutta ZA. Food systems, diets and nutrition in the wake of COVID-19. Nature Food. 2021;2: 68-70.


Carducci B, Oh C, and Bhutta ZA. Addressing Hidden Hunger in School-aged Children and Adolescents within the Context of the Food System. In Biesalski HK (ed): Hidden Hunger and the Transformation of Food Systems. How to Combat the Double Burden of Malnutrition? World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2020, vol 121.

Carducci B, Oh C, Keats EC, Roth D, Bhutta ZA. Effect of Food Environment Interventions on Diet-related Health Outcomes in School-age Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2020; 4(7):nzaa098.


Carducci B, Jagermyer J, Ruane A and Fanzo J. Rising to the Challenge: Producing and Sustaining a Nutrient-Dense and Climate-Resilient Food Basket for All. [Submitted to One Earth]

Carducci B, Kidd E, Dominguez G, Oh C, Jain R, Khan A and Bhutta ZA. School Food Environment and Nutrition Policies, Programs and Interventions in Canada: A systematic review. [Submitted to Nutrition Reviews]

Carducci B, Chen H, Campisi S, and Miliku K. Adolescence: Nutrition, Growth and Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease: Current Evidence, Possible Mechanisms, and Future Research Priorities. [Submitted to Nutrition Reviews]

Carducci B, Dominguez G, Kidd E, Janes K, Owais A and Bhutta ZA. Pivoting School Health and Nutrition Programs During COVID-19: A scoping review. [Submitted to Journal of Global Health]

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