Faculty of Health

Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research

Lukar Thornton

Position Research Fellow
Email lukar.thornton@deakin.edu.au
Area School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Phone +61 3 92445029
Campus Melbourne Burwood Campus


Role and profile
Dr Lukar Thornton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. He is an active researcher in socioeconomic and environmental determinants of eating behaviours.


Teaching responsibilities
Co-supervises 2 PhD students


Research interests
Dr Thornton's research interests include:
• socio-economic and environmental determinants of eating behaviours
• development of more sophisticated measures of food access, both through improved conceptualisation and the utilisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).



Awards and prizes
2008 PHAA student award for abstract submitted for Population Health Congress
2008 AEA student award for abstract submitted for Population Health Congress
2007 AEA student award for abstract submitted for Australian Epidemiological Association Annual Scientific Meeting
2007 Harold Mitchell Travelling fellowship ($5,000) and the Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship ($1,250).



Memberships
Australian Epidemiological Association
International Epidemiological Association
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity



Service to the University, discipline or community
Dr Thornton was a Member of the Local Organising Committee, 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne.

He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and regularly reviews manuscripts for national and international journals.



Conferences
1. THORNTON L. “Food purchasing: Where, when and with whom.” (Oral presentation). 8th International Conference on Social Science Methodology. Sydney, July 2012.
2. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Sodergren M, Svastisalee C, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). “Snack food availability in major supermarkets: An international comparison”. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Austin, May 2012.
3. THORNTON L, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation) “Food purchasing: how important is the local neighbourhood?”, International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods, Rome, May 2012.
4. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). “The availability of energy-dense snack foods within Melbourne supermarkets”. 2nd National Food Futures conference, Hobart, November 2011.
5. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D.(Oral presentation). “Socioeconomic variation in availability of energy-dense snack foods within Australian supermarkets”. International Medical Geography Symposium, Durham, July 2011.
6. THORNTON L, Crawford, D, Ball K. (Oral presentation). “Investigating individual measures of food exposure and food purchasing”. International Medical Geography Symposium, Durham, July 2011.
7. THORNTON L, Cameron A, McNaughton S, Ball K, Crawford D. (Oral presentation). “The development of an audit tool to assess snack-foods within supermarkets”. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, June 2011.
8. THORNTON L, Kavanagh A. Convened and chaired symposium “Measurement of food access in local environments: innovations and implications”. (Oral presentation within this) “Creating an exposure measure to examine the entire local food environment”. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Minneapolis, June 2010.
9. THORNTON L, Bentley R, Kavanagh A. (Poster presentation). “A multilevel analysis of socio-demographic and socio-economic predictors of fast food purchasing.” International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, June 2009.
10. THORNTON L, Bentley R, Kavanagh A. (Poster presentation). “A multilevel analysis of food environments as a determinant of fast food purchasing.” International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Lisbon, June 2009.

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12th June 2012