Joreintje Mackenbach was born on 7 October, 1988 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2010 she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences (Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam). As part of her education, she conducted a research internship with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2012 she obtained her master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam) and her research master’s degree in Public Health (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Rotterdam). Her theses focused on the association between income inequality and obesity in Europe, and on the association of emotional and behavioural problems with weight status in children. In 2016 Joreintje obtained her PhD (with distinction) in epidemiology from the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam (supervisors: Giel Nijpels and Hans Brug). During her PhD trajectory she investigated the role of environmental determinants for obesity in adults. Joreintje was part of the European SPOTLIGHT consortium. With an EMGO+ travel grant she visited the Otago University in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2013.
Joreintje is a registered epidemiologists and works as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the prevention of adult overweight via the built, social and economic environment. Joreintje is also part of the coordinating team of the Upstream Team (https://www.upstreamteam.nl/coordinators/coordinators/), a research network focusing on the environmental determinants of lifestyle, overweight and chronic disease risk.
Awards and grants
Dutch Heart Foundation/ZonMW: Supreme Nudge (2.5M€)
Amsterdam Public Health: Food price database (10K€)
EASO travel grant 2017
EASO New Investigator’s United Public Health Award 2017
Young Forum Gastein: scholarship 2015
Young Forum Gastein: scholarship 2014
EMGO+ travel grant 2013