Dr. Maartje Poelman (PI) works as assistant professor at the Healthy Urban Living research program of the department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning and at the Global and Geo Health Data Centre. In 2016 she received a personal grant via the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).
Maartje has a background in Nutrition and Dietetics (Bsc) and Health Sciences (Msc, PhD (2014)), with a specialization in Prevention and Public Health. Before she started at Utrecht University, she held a position at the department of Health Science at the VU-University in Amsterdam. As part of her PhD, she worked on the research project ‘Portion Control: Dealing with the Supersized Food Environment’. In 2013, she visited the National Institute for Health Innovation, New Zealand, to work on an international study together with the Global Food Monitoring Group. As postdoc, she conducted a RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of food taxes on purchase behaviour in the Virtual Supermarket.
In the GOF research project, Maartje works closely together with a multidisciplinair team of researchers of Utrecht University:
Dr. Carlijn Kamphuis is a public health scientist and is currently working as an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University. Her research focusses on socioeconomic inequalities in health and health-behaviours, with a specific focus on the role of environmental factors.
Dr. Ilonca Vaartjes is epidemiologist and works as associate professor at the Julius Center, UMC Utrecht. The main research focus of Ilonca is the use of nationwide register data for health research.
Dr. Derek Karssenberg is associate professor at the department of physical geography. His major research interest is the development of methods and tools for mechanistic, or process-based, spatio-temporal modelling
Prof. dr. Frank van Lenthe is Professor “Spatial Diversity and Inequality in Urban Health” at Utrecht University, and Associate Professor “Social Epidemiology” at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. His research is aimed to better understand why persons in lower socioeconomic groups are more unhealthy as compared to persons living in higher socioeconomic groups, and how can this gap in health be reduced.
Ir. Monique Zwinkels has a background in Nutrition and Health (Msc) and is specialized in human eating behaviour. Currently, she works as research assistant at the GOF research project. She is involved in the project management and recruitement of participants.