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Research interests

How can we best apply complex system methodologies to understand the emergence of inequalities in health behaviour and health in diverse populations?

How can we transition towards healthy and sustainable dietary patterns while accounting for diverse sociocultural perspectives so that no-one in society is left behind? 

How do individual and contextual factors interact to drive behaviour and health. 

What are important determinants of diet in ethnic minority and migrant-origin groups? And how do these contribute to chronic disease risk?


Application of complex systems approaches to understand emergent health behaviour and health inequalities. The use of a variety of systems methodologies: Group Model Building, Causal Loop Diagrams, Systems Dynamic Models. 

Determinants of social and ethnic inequalities in diet and health.

Operationalisation of diet and dietary patterns in ethnically diverse populations. 


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
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Diet and Overweight Perception. An explorative study among Turkish, Moroccan and Surinamese migrants living in the Netherland, VU Universitiy

Award Date: 9 Feb 2009

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