Tanita Northcott



Tanita Northcott is a Lecturer at Melbourne Law School. She is also a PhD Candidate at Deakin University and holds a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Criminology) from The University of Melbourne. Tanita is admitted to practise law and has worked as a lawyer at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office prior to commencing her PhD.

Tanita’s PhD research focuses on understanding how law and regulation can be conceptualised and used to respond to the rise and harms of ultra-processed foods in the context of complex food systems and related socio-ecological challenges. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach and combines public health nutrition scholarship, regulatory theory and systems sciences analytical frameworks, using qualitative research methodologies. Tanita has presented her research at domestic and international conferences. She has also contributed to teaching in food policy and public health nutrition units at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Deakin University.

Memberships and affiliations

  • Action Group Chair, The Community Plate Collective
  • Member, Healthy Food Systems Australia

Teaching (2023)

The Melbourne JD