Mario Gyori

Mario Gyori

PhD Candidate

Department of Health Policy

About me

Mario Gyori is a PhD student at the Department of Health Policy. Alongside his PhD, Mario works as a Research Assistant for the LSE’s Middle East Centre and as an independent consultant for clients like the German Development cooperation GIZ, UNDP and the ILO.

Between 2014 and 2018, Mario worked as a full-time Research Associate at the UNDP’s International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brasilia, Brazil. Previously he worked for the NGO Innovations for Poverty Action in Peru and the German Embassy in Buenos Aires. During these assignments, he participated in the monitoring and evaluation of social programmes in different African and Latin American countries, including Ethiopia, Senegal, Mozambique, Brazil, and Peru.

In the academic year 2017/18, Mario was a class teacher for the courses EC220 Introduction to Econometrics and SA104 Social Economics, Politics and Policy at LSE.

Mario holds a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Bolzano in Italy and an MSc in Development Economics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain and Lund University in Sweden. 



Mario’s PhD investigates incentives for healthy nutrition behaviour, focussing on case studies from low and middle income countries (LMICs). More and more LMICs are affected by a ‘double-burden of malnutrition’ – persisting undernutrition goes hand in hand with rising levels of obesity.

Both phenomena have dramatic consequences for the health and wellbeing of the affected individuals and can also pose an obstacle to economic development at large, as they negatively affect the human capital available in an economy and put the sustainability of public health systems at risk. It is therefore crucial for policy makers to know how to counteract malnutrition and how to promote healthy eating behaviour among all parts of the population.

Mario’s thesis will make a contribution to this discussion by assessing how public policy can create an ‘incentive architecture’ which is conducive to healthy nutrition behaviour.

Primary supervisor: Dr Joan Costa-Font

Secondary supervisor: Dr Mylene Lagarde