Global Obesity Centre

The Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) is a research group based in the Centre for Population Health Research at Deakin University. GLOBE is a designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.


To catalyse improvements in population health, with a focus on obesity, through innovative research that empowers people and enables healthier environments.

Distinguishing characteristics of researchers

  • Focused on obesity prevention
  • Connected to community and policy makers
  • National and global leaders
  • Proactive on inequity


  1. Advocate for obesity prevention
  2. Conduct innovative population-level research on obesity prevention.
  3. Strengthen the skills of communities, professionals and academics in the science of obesity prevention through the life-course.

A WHO Collaborating Centre

The Global Obesity Centre is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (WHO-CC). These are designated by the Director-General of the World Health Organization to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programs. Currently there are over 700 WHO collaborating centres in over 80 Member States working with WHO on areas such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

"GLOBE represents a dedicated group of researchers who actively seek to push the science of obesity prevention in advocacy, population level research and capacity building across all levels of society both in Australia and internationally."

Professor Steven Allender

WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention