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Caring Futures Institute - Better Lives Theme, Healthy Start to Life Focus

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Georgia Middleton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences. An Accredited Practicing Dietitian with a background in public health nutrition, Georgia's research focuses on community nutrition, food insecurity, and social and cultural aspects of food, with a special interest in shared eating occasions. Dr Middleton specialises in qualitative research methodologies and she has lead qualitative investigations on community health programs, research interventions, and public health initiatives and systems.

Georgia completed a PhD in Health Sciences in 2022, through which she developed The Family Meal Framework; a holisitc framework that encompasses all elements required of parents and families to achieve the family meal. She continues to work in this space as an advocate for supporting parents and families in achieving realistic, holistic family meals, and is currently undertaking an International Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada to continue this exploration.

Dr Middleton has taught Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences, and was temporary topic coordinator in 2022. Georgia was the recurring guest lecturer on Qualitative Research Methods in the Nutrition and Dietetics final year intensive program for many years, and has taught across other health sciences topics at Flinders University.

Research Expertise

Georgia has expertise in qualitative study design and investigation, grounded theory methodology, traditional and non-traditional systematic reviews, comparative research, family meals and shared eating occasions. 

Research Interests

  • Children and families
  • Parenting and caregiving
  • Food and eating environments
  • Food insecurity
  • Shared eating occasions
  • Qualitative methodology and methods

Career Highlights


Prizes and Awards

Healthy Development Adelaide Travel and Development Grant (2024)

Flinders University College of Nursing and Health Sciences Overseas Conference Scheme (2024)

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor's Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence (2023)

Australian Health Promotion Association (SA Branch) Student Awards 2021 (2022)

Dietitians Australia  Branch Continuing Professional Development Grant (2022)

Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (Excellence) (2019-21)

King and Amy O'Malley Trust Home Economics Postgraduate Scholarship (2019-21)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Prize in Nutrition and Dietetics (2015)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Family Meal; Then and now, a 30-year comparison study, Flinders University

Award Date: 30 Mar 2022

Bachelor (Honours), Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

Award Date: 31 Dec 2015

External positions

Committee Member SA Branch, Australian Health Promotion Association

2023 → …

Executive Committee Member, International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Children and Families Special Interest Group

2023 → …

Co-Founder, The Family Meals Collective

2023 → …

Executive Committee Member, Home Economics Institute of Australia (South Australia)


Contributing Member, Public Health Qualitative Research Methods Collective

2019 → …

APD Mentor, Dietitians Association of Australia, VIC

2018 → …


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Research Areas

  • Healthy start to life
  • Nutrition and dietetics

Supervisory Interests

  • Eating habits, family influence
  • Eating behaviour
  • Public health nutrition
  • Childhood nutrition
  • Family health



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