Kaela Connors

Thesis title: Reducing red and processed meat consumption in Mexico for environmental and health benefits


Kaela’s PhD research will examine trends in meat consumption in Mexico to evaluate whether and among which segments of the population it may be changing.  Then, she will investigate pathways to designing a tax on red and processed meat that will ensure equitable transitions to sustainable and healthy diets in Mexico. Lastly, she will simulate potential impacts to health and the environment under various meat reduction scenarios according to increases in their price. Prior to joining the School of Geosciences and Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems, Kaela received her Master’s of Science degree in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She is broadly interested in studying the intersection between sustainability, food system transitions, and health with a focus on equity. Before her master’s, Kaela spent three years working at the National Institute of Public Health Mexico in Mexico City and at the UN World Food Programme in Panama City where she identified her interest in social determinants of health, climate change, and food systems. Her B.A. degree is from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science and Environmental Economics.