Joreintje Mackenbach

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Joreintje Mackenbach is a registered epidemiologist and assistant professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Data Science at the Amsterdam Public Health research institute, based at the VU University Medical Center.

Joreintje has a background in Health Sciences (Policy & Management and Public Health) and obtained her PhD in 2016 (cum laude) with a thesis on 'obesogenic environments'. Her research is dedicated to the upstream determinants of lifestyle behaviours and chronic disease risk, with a specific focus on food environments.

In 2017, she received a personal research grant from NWO. With this Veni  grant, she set up the 'Eef & Leef' study to investigate through what mechanism the food environment influences food choices. Further, Joreintje is project manager of the Supreme Nudge project, a 5-year project financed by the Dutch Heart Foundation and ZonMw, that uses environmental interventions to improve cardiometabolic health. From 2020 onwards, Joreintje is also researcher in the H2020 Expanse project and the NWO Gravity Exposome-NL project, both focused on the exposomal (environmental) influences on cardiometabolic health. From 2022 onwards, she manages the 'Landelijk Netwerk: Gezond Leven in een Gezonde Omgeving' project, an extension of Supreme Nudge which focuses on dissemination and implementation of research findings. 

Joreintje is particularly interested in understanding why and how our living environments influence behaviours and health, and she aims to combine insights from epidemiology with theories, tools and methods from other disciplines such as geography, sociology and psychology. She currently supervises 5 PhD students and 3 postdocs. 

Research interests

Epidemiology; public health; upstream/environmental determinants of lifestyle and chronic disease risk; food environments; food systems; interdisciplinary research

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Public Health research master, Erasmus University Medical Center

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Master, Health Economics, Policy and Law, instituut voor Beleid en Management van de Gezondheidszorg

Award Date: 31 Aug 2012

Bachelor, Health Policy and Management, instituut voor Beleid en Management van de Gezondheidszorg

Award Date: 31 Aug 2010


  • Q Science (General)

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