Staff profile - Lukar Thornton

Dr Lukar Thornton

Position: Senior Research Fellow
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92445029 +61 3 92445029
Email: lukar.thornton@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Environment), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,
  • Master of Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne,
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009


Affiliations

Australian Epidemiological Association

International Epidemiological Association

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity


Academic

Teaching Interests

Co-supervises 2 PhD students


Conferences and seminars

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.

Awards

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).


Research

Research projects

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.


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).


Research page

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=thornl


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