Dr Lukar Thornton

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Population Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009
Master of Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne, 2015
Bachelor of Science (Environment), Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2015

Contact

Knowledge areas

Health geography

Food environments

Built environments and health

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Publications

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2017

Do the foods advertised in Australian supermarket catalogues reflect national dietary guidelines?

A Cameron, S Sayers, G Sacks, L Thornton

(2017), Vol. 32, pp. 113-121, Health promotion international, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Associations between access to alcohol outlets and alcohol intake and depressive symptoms in women from socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Australia

K Lamb, L Thornton, M Teychenne, C Milte, E Cerin, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 1-10, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal

Where do people purchase food? A novel approach to investigating food purchasing locations

L Thornton, D Crawford, K Lamb, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 16, pp. 1-13, International journal of health geographics, London, Eng., C1

journal

Prospective associations between diet quality and body mass index in disadvantaged women: the resilience for eating and activity despite inequality (READI) study

D Olstad, K Lamb, L Thornton, S McNaughton, D Crawford, L Minaker, K Ball

(2017), pp. 1-11, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Measuring blue space visibility and 'blue recreation' in the everyday lives of children in a capital city

A Pearson, R Bottomley, T Chambers, L Thornton, J Stanley, M Smith, M Barr, L Signal

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 1-12, International journal of environmental research and public health, Basel, Switzerland, C1

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Exploring the influence of local food environments on food behaviours: a systematic review of qualitative literature

E Pitt, D Gallegos, T Comans, C Cameron, L Thornton

(2017), Vol. 20, pp. 2393-2405, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal
2016

Socioeconomic position in young adulthood is associated with BMI in Australian families

K Scurrah, A Kavanagh, R Bentley, L Thornton, S Harrap

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 39-46, Journal of public health, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal

Fast food restaurant locations according to socioeconomic disadvantage, urban-regional locality, and schools within Victoria, Australia

L Thornton, K Lamb, K Ball

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 1-9, SSM - population health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Using kernel density estimation to understand the influence of neighbourhood destinations on BMI

T King, R Bentley, L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, BMJ open, London, Eng., C1

journal

Associations of public transport accessibility with walking, obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes

A Barr, R Bentley, J Simpson, J Scheurer, N Owen, D Dunstan, L Thornton, L Krnjacki, A Kavanagh

(2016), Vol. 3, pp. 141-153, Journal of transport and health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The impact of a new McDonald's restaurant on eating behaviours and perceptions of local residents: a natural experiment using repeated cross-sectional data

L Thornton, K Ball, K Lamb, J McCann, K Parker, D Crawford

(2016), Vol. 39, pp. 86-91, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Socioeconomic inequalities in fruit and vegetable intakes

L Thornton, D Olstad, K Lamb, K Ball

(2016), pp. 3-22, Fruits, vegetables, and herbs : bioactive foods in health promotion, Cambridge, Mass., B1

chapter

Variations in area-level disadvantage of Australian registered fitness trainers usual training locations

J Bennie, L Thornton, J van Uffelen, L Banting, S Biddle

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-7, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal
2015

Associations between the purchase of healthy and fast foods and restrictions to food access: a cross-sectional study in Melbourne, Australia

C Burns, R Bentley, L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 143-150, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1

journal

Does food store access modify associations between intrapersonal factors and fruit and vegetable consumption?

L Thornton, K Lamb, M Tseng, D Crawford, K Ball

(2015), Vol. 69, pp. 902-906, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, Eng., C1

journal

Neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and fruit and vegetable consumption: a seven countries comparison

K Ball, K Lamb, C Costa, N Cutumisu, A Ellaway, C Kamphuis, G Mentz, J Pearce, P Santana, R Santos, A Schulz, J Spence, L Thornton, F van Lenthe, S Zenk

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-13, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal

Maternal efficacy and sedentary behavior rules predict child obesity resilience

D Crawford, K Ball, V Cleland, L Thornton, G Abbott, S McNaughton, K Campbell, J Brug, J Salmon, A Timperio

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-11, BMC Obesity, London, Eng., C1

journal

Statistical approaches used to assess the equity of access to food outlets: a systematic review

K Lamb, L Thornton, E Cerin, K Ball

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 358-401, AIMS public health, Springfield, Mo., C1

journal

Environmental barriers and enablers to physical activity participation among rural adults: A qualitative study

V Cleland, C Hughes, L Thornton, K Squibb, A Venn, K Ball

(2015), Vol. 26, pp. 99-104, Health promotion journal of Australia, Maroochydore, DC, C1

journal

Does the presence and mix of destinations influence walking and physical activity?

T King, R Bentley, L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 1-12, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal

The use of kernel density estimation to examine associations between neighborhood destination intensity and walking and physical activity

T King, L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-16, PLoS one, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal

A qualitative study of environmental factors important for physical activity in rural adults

V Cleland, C Hughes, L Thornton, A Venn, K Squibb, K Ball

(2015), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, PLoS One, San Francisco, Calif., C1

journal
2014

Sociodemographic factors associated with healthy eating and food security in socio-economically disadvantaged groups in the UK and Victoria, Australia

L Thornton, J Pearce, K Ball

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 20-30, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal

Improving perceptions of healthy food affordability: results from a pilot intervention

L Williams, G Abbott, L Thornton, A Worsley, K Ball, D Crawford

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 1-5, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, England, C1

journal

Is neighbourhood obesogenicity associated with body mass index in women? Application of an obesogenicity index in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighbourhoods

M Tseng, L Thornton, K Lamb, K Ball, D Crawford

(2014), Vol. 30, pp. 20-27, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Effect of changes to the school food environment on eating behaviours and/or body weight in children: a systematic review

C Driessen, A Cameron, L Thornton, S Lai, L Barnett

(2014), Vol. 15, pp. 968-982, Obesity Reviews, England, C1

journal

Explaining educational disparities in adiposity: the role of neighborhood environments.

G Abbott, K Backholer, A Peeters, L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2014), Vol. 22, pp. 2413-2419, Obesity (Silver Spring), Hoboken N. J., C1

journal

Socioeconomic differences in outdoor food advertising at public transit stops across Melbourne suburbs.

P Settle, A Cameron, L Thornton

(2014), Vol. 38, pp. 414-418, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Deakin, ACT, C1

journal

Is access to alcohol associated with alcohol/substance abuse among people diagnosed with anxiety/mood disorder?

A Pearson, C Bowie, L Thornton

(2014), Vol. 128, pp. 968-976, Public Health, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1

journal
2013

Cohort profile : The resilience for eating and activity despite inequality (READI) study

K Ball, V Cleland, J Salmon, A Timperio, S McNaughton, L Thornton, K Campbell, M Jackson, L Baur, G Mishra, J Brug, R Jeffery, A King, I Kawachi, D Crawford

(2013), Vol. 42, pp. 1629-1639, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, England, C1-1

journal

Does the availability of snack foods in supermarkets vary internationally?

L Thornton, A Cameron, S McNaughton, W Waterlander, M Sodergren, C Svastisalee, L Blanchard, A Liese, S Battersby, M Carter, J Sheeshka, S Kirkpatrick, S Sherman, G Cowburn, C Foster, D Crawford

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Variation in supermarket exposure to energy-dense snack foods by socio-economic position

A Cameron, L Thornton, S McNaughton, D Crawford

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 1178-1185, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Employment status, residential and workplace food environments: associations with women's eating behaviours

L Thornton, K Lamb, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 80-89, Health & place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Monitoring the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in community and consumer retail food environments globally

C Mhurchu, S Vandevijvere, W Waterlander, L Thornton, B Kelly, A Cameron, W Snowdon, B Swinburn

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 108-119, Obesity reviews, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Effective recruitment and retention strategies in community health programs

J McCann, N Ridgers, A Carver, L Thornton, M Teychenne

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 104-110, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, NSW, C1

journal

Environmental perceptions as mediators of the relationship between the objective built environment and walking among socioeconomically disadvantaged women

D Van Dyck, J Veitch, I De Bourdeaudhuij, L Thornton, K Ball

(2013), Vol. 10, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, UK, C1

journal

Barriers to avoiding fast-food consumption in an environment supportive of unhealthy eating

L Thornton, R Jeffery, D Crawford

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 2105-2113, Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge, UK, C1

journal

Food insecurity among university students in Victoria : a pilot study

D Micevski, L Thornton, S Brockington

(2013), Vol. 71, pp. 258-264, Nutrition and dietetics, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2012

Optimising women's diets. An examination of factors that promote healthy eating and reduce the likelihood of unhealthy eating

L Williams, L Thornton, D Crawford

(2012), Vol. 59, pp. 41-46, Appetite, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Is the objective food environment associated with perceptions of the food environment?

L Williams, L Thornton, K Ball, D Crawford

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 291-298, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

The availability of snack food displays that may trigger impulse purchases in Melbourne supermarkets

L Thornton, A Cameron, S McNaughton, A Worsley, D Crawford

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, England, C1

journal

Resilience to obesity among socioeconomically disadvantaged women : the READI study

K Ball, G Abbott, V Cleland, A Timperio, L Thornton, G Mishra, R Jeffery, J Brug, A King, D Crawford

(2012), Vol. 36, pp. 855-865, International journal of obesity, London, England, C1

journal

Does the choice of neighbourhood supermarket access measure influence associations with individual-level fruit and vegetable consumption? A case study from Glasgow

L Thornton, J Pearce, L Macdonald, K Lamb, A Ellaway

(2012), Vol. 11, pp. 1-12, International journal of health geographics, London, England, C1

journal

Do food and physical activity environments vary between disadvantaged urban and rural areas? Findings from the READI study

L Thornton, D Crawford, V Cleland, A Timperio, G Abbott, K Ball

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 153-156, Health promotion journal of Australia, Camperdown, N. S. W., C1

journal

Does parkland influence walking? The relationship between area of parkland and walking trips in Melbourne, Australia

T King, L Thornton, R Bently, A Kavanagh

(2012), Vol. 9, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Do obesity-promoting food environments cluster around socially disadvantaged schools in Glasgow, Scotland?

A Ellaway, A Ellaway, L Macdonald, L Macdonald, K Lamb, K Lamb, L Thornton, L Thornton, P Day, P Day, J Pearce, J Pearce

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 1335-1340, Health and place, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Association between fast food purchasing and the local food environment

L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Nutrition and diabetes, London, England, C1

journal

Perceived quality and availability of fruit and vegetables are associated with perceptions of fruit and vegetable affordability among socio-economically disadvantaged women

L Williams, L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 1262-1267, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal
2011

Individual and area-level socioeconomic associations with fast food purchasing

L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 65, pp. 873-880, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, England, C1

journal

Who is eating where? Findings from the SESAW study

L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 523-531, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal

Is greater variety of chocolates and confectionery in supermarkets associated with more consumption?

L Thornton, A Cameron, D Crawford, S McNaughton, K Ball

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 292-293, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, Richmond, Vic., C1

journal

Using geographic information systems (GIS) to assess the role of the built environment in influencing obesity : a glossary

L Thornton, J Pearce, A Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 1-9, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal

Access to alcohol outlets and harmful alcohol consumption : a multi-level study in Melbourne, Australia

A Kavanagh, M Kelly, L Krnjacki, L Thornton, D Jolley, S Subramanian, G Turrell, R Bentley

(2011), Vol. 106, pp. 1772-1779, Addiction, Oxford, England, C1

journal

Reduced food access due to a lack of money, inability to lift and lack of access to a car for food shopping : a multilevel study in Melbourne, Victoria

C Burns, R Bentley, L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 1017-1023, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, England, C1

journal
2010

Understanding the local food environment and obesity

L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2010), pp. 79-110, Geographies of obesity : environmental understandings of the obesity epidemic, Farnham, England, B1

chapter

Neighbourhood-socioeconomic variation in women's diet : the role of nutrition environments

L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2010), Vol. 64, pp. 1423-1432, European journal of clinical nutrition, Basingstoke, England, C1

journal
2009

Fast food purchasing and access to fast food restaurants : a multilevel analysis of VicLANES

L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 1-10, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, England, C1

journal
2008

Area variation in recreational cycling in Melbourne : a compositional or contextual effect?

C Kamphuis, K Giskes, A Kavanagh, L Thornton, L Thomas, F van Lenthe, J Mackenbach, G Turrell

(2008), Vol. 62, pp. 890-898, Journal of epidemiology and community health, London, England, C1-1

journal

Fast food purchasing and access to fast food restaurants : a multilevel analysis of VicLANES

L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2008), Population health congress : a global world - practical action for health and well being, Brisbane, Qld, E1-1

conference
2007

Fast food consumption and the density of fast food stores : a multilevel study in Melbourne, Australia

L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2007), AEA 2007 : Proceedings of the Australasian Epidemiological Association annual conference, Hobart, Tasmania, E1-1

conference

Fast food restaurant locations : could they be 'supersizing' local communities?

L Thornton

(2007), Vol. 14, pp. 6-9, Australasian epidemiologist, Parkville, Vic., C1-1

journal
2006

Rock strength : a control of shore platform elevation

L Thornton, W Stephenson

(2006), Vol. 22, pp. 224-231, Journal of coastal research, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., C1-1

journal
2005

Australian rock coasts : review and prospects

W Stephenson, L Thornton

(2005), Vol. 36, pp. 95-115, Australian geographer, London, England, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Testing the projected benefits of living in a 20-minute neighbourhood

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Neil Coffee, Dr Karen Lamb, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Mark Daniel, A/Prof Yan Kestens, Prof Basile Chaix, Ms Keren Best

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2017: $134,193

Other Public Sector Funding

Mapping Sites for Water in the City of Melbourne

Dr Lukar Thornton

  • 2014: $63,275

Investigating planning mechanisms that will lead to healthier food environments in Mildura

Dr Lukar Thornton

  • 2015: $14,563
  • 2014: $13,636

Evaluation of water fountains in City of Melbourne

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2015: $49,491

Water Fountain Campaign evaluation

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $19,600

Etihad Stadium Water Fountain Use Evaluation

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $67,075

Etihad Stadium Water Fountain Use Evaluation 2017

Dr Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2017: $26,754

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2014

Gina Alexandra Harris

Thesis entitled: Unpacking Dietary Inequalities: Food Shopping, Mothers, Money and Morals

Doctor of Philosophy (Nutrition & Exercise) (Low Cost), School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences