The goal of this SIG is to facilitate a network of ISBNPA members that are working in the area of environment and policy research to improve diet and physical activity.

By creating a platform by which researchers in ISBNPA across the globe can share their work in this area, the SIG hopes to promote collaboration across measurement, monitoring, evaluation, stimulation of action and advocacy efforts, definition, dissemination and translation of current and future research in this area.
For the purposes of the SIG, “environments” are defined broadly to include the collective physical, economic, policy and socio-cultural surroundings, opportunities and conditions that influence people’s food and beverage choices, nutritional status, sedentary behavior and physical activity.

Policy is defined broadly to include local, state and national and/or international laws and policies. Programs may be included, if specified by a law. In this SIG, environment and policy are viewed as two levers that often overlap and may be utilized to promote population change in health and behavior. These levers offer potential to make the environments where we live, work and play more health promotive and supportive of healthier behaviors that can be integrated easily into lifestyles.

SIG Co-chairs

Professor Catherine Woods, University of Limerick

Dr. Janas HarringtonUniversity College of Cork

Others members of the ‘Leadership team’

Dr Sarah Forberger, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS

Dr Liam Kelly, University of Limerick

Dr Nicole R. den Braver, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Dr. Jack Benton,University of Manchester

Mr. Kevin Wolf ,University of Limerick


Dr Elizabeth Ablah

Dr Elizabeth Racine

Dr. Jeroen Lakerveld, Senior Researcher, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Dr. Rebecca Lee, Professor, Arizona State University

Joreintje Mackenbach, Researcher, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam

Dr. April Oh, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute

Dr. Daniel Taber, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Public Health

Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere, Senior Research Fellow, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Wilma Waterlander, Postdoctoral researcher, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Interviews with SIG members

Follow the links below to watch a series of short-interviews organized by the Policies and Environments SIG

Interview with Jeroen Lakerveld

Interview with Joreintje Mackenbach

Interview with Liesbeth Velema

Interview with Jean Adams