James Webster


I am a postgraduate researcher from the Nutritional Epidemiology Group at the University of Leeds, with main research interests in relationships between risk of chronic disease, diet, and lifestyle factors. I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, followed by an MSc in Nutrition. It was during my MSc that I was introduced to epidemiology and statistcal methods in health research, and developed a keen interest in this area. This motivated my current pursuit of a PhD in nutritional epidemiology, which focuses on identifying associations between vegetarian and vegan diets, food and nutrient intakes, and hip fracture risk in men and women using large datasets, including the UK Women’s Cohort Study, UK Biobank, and Hospital Episode Statistics.

Research interests

  • Nutritional epidemiology

  • Vegetarian and vegan diets

  • Skeletal health

  • Healthy ageing

  • Statistical methods in epidemiology

  • Survival analysis

  • Meta-analysis


  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • MSc Nutrition