Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Dr. J.M. den Broeder (Lea)

Professor by special appointment

Lea den Broeder (1958) studied Pedagogical Sciences at the UvA and went on to obtain a Master of Public Health at the Netherlands School of Public Health. In 2017 she completed her doctorate at VU Amsterdam with a thesis titled Citizen Science in Public Health, Engaging Communities in Knowledge Development. Currently, she works at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) as well as one day a week at the AUAS as professor by special appointment of Health and Environment.

A major focus of Lea's work over the past ten years – first at the Netherlands School of Public Health and later at the RIVM – has been integral health policy, and particularly the interplay between people and their living environment. Citizen participation and citizen science also form important strands of her research. Working with local residents as well as community professionals, the GGD public health service, municipal authorities and researchers from other institutes, her research in recent years has delved into how the elderly feel about and rate their neighbourhoods, the use of nudging to promote exercise and the impact of activity trackers on health awareness among younger and low-skilled populations. This included the project Kijk! Een gezonde wijk ('Look! A healthy neighbourhood'), which co-created a community monitoring app with residents of Amsterdam Slotermeer.

Lea has done extensive work on health impact assessments, not only developing methodologies and tools, but designing and teaching educational and training programmes both at home and abroad.

She is also active in international integral health policy and health impact assessment networks, and since 2003 has held various board posts at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), including member of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012.