A/Prof. Lukar Thornton

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Population Health

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2019
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2009
Master of Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne, 2003
Bachelor of Science (Environment), Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 2001

Contact

Knowledge areas

Health geography

Food environments

Built environments and health

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Publications

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2020

Methods for accounting for neighbourhood self-selection in physical activity and dietary behaviour research: A systematic review

K Lamb, L Thornton, T King, K Ball, S White, R Bentley, N Coffee, M Daniel

(2020), Vol. 17, pp. 1-22, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

A cross-sectional comparison of meal delivery options in three international cities

M Poelman, L Thornton, S Zenk

(2020), pp. 1-9, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2019

Public open space exposure measures in Australian health research: a critical review of the literature

K Lamb, S Mavoa, N Coffee, K Parker, E Richardson, L Thornton

(2019), Vol. 57, pp. 67-83, Geographical research, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Built and social environmental factors influencing healthy behaviours in older Chinese immigrants to Australia: A qualitative study

E Cerin, A Nathan, W Choi, W Ngan, S Yin, L Thornton, A Barnett

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-15, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Built environment and physical activity among adolescents: the moderating effects of neighborhood safety and social support

V Loh, J Veitch, J Salmon, E Cerin, L Thornton, S Mavoa, K Villanueva, A Timperio

(2019), Vol. 16, pp. 1-8, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Australian consumers' views towards an environmentally sustainable eating pattern

D Mann, L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2018), Vol. 21, pp. 2714-2722, Public health nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1

journal article

Dietary patterns of Australian children at three and five years of age and their changes over time: a latent class and latent transition analysis

Erin Pitt, Cate Cameron, Lukar Thornton, Danielle Gallegos, Ania Filus, Shu-Kay Ng, Tracy Comans

(2018), Vol. 129, pp. 207-216, Appetite, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

What is known about consumer nutrition environments in Australia? A scoping review of the literature

C Pulker, L Thornton, G Trapp

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 318-337, Obesity science and practice, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

A qualitative study of the drivers of socioeconomic inequalities in men's eating behaviours

Lena Stephens, David Crawford, Lukar Thornton, Dana Olstad, Philip Morgan, Frank van Lenthe, Kylie Ball

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-12, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1

journal article
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 article

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 article

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 article

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), Vol. 46, pp. 1433-1443, International journal of epidemiology, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

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

journal article

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 article

Associations between major chain fast-food outlet availability and change in body mass index: a longitudinal observational study of women from Victoria, Australia

K Lamb, L Thornton, D Olstad, E Cerin, K Ball

(2017), Vol. 7, BMJ Open, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2016

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

book chapter

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article
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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article

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 article
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 article

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, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

Food insecurity among university students in Victoria: A pilot study

D Micevski, L Thornton, S Brockington

(2014), Vol. 71, pp. 258-264, Nutrition and Dietetics, C1

journal article

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 article

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 article

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, C1

journal article

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 article

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 article
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, C1-1

journal article

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, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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 and Place, C1

journal article

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

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

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 108-119, Obesity Reviews, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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

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

(2013), Vol. 10, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, BMC Public Health, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, International Journal of Health Geographics, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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

T King, L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2012), Vol. 9, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

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 & place, C1

journal article

Association between fast food purchasing and the local food environment

L Thornton, A Kavanagh

(2012), Vol. 2, Nutrition and Diabetes, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, C1

journal article

Who is eating where? Findings from the SocioEconomic Status and Activity in Women (SESAW) study

L Thornton, D Crawford, K Ball

(2011), Vol. 14, pp. 523-531, Public Health Nutrition, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article
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, B1

book 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, C1

journal article

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

(2010), Vol. 14, pp. 1017-1023, Public Health Nutrition, C1

journal article
2009

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

Lukar Thornton, Rebecca Bentley, Anne Kavanagh

(2009), Vol. 6, pp. 28-28, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, C1

journal article

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

L Thornton, R Bentley, A Kavanagh

(2009), Vol. 6, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, E1-1

conference
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, C1-1

journal article
2007

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 article

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
2006

Rock strength: A control of shore platform elevation

L Thornton, W Stephenson

(2006), Vol. 22, pp. 224-231, Journal of Coastal Research, C1-1

journal article
2005

Australian rock coasts : review and prospects

W Stephenson, L Thornton

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

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

A/Prof Lukar Thornton, Dr Neil Coffee, Prof Kylie Ball, Prof Mark Daniel, A/Prof Yan Kestens, Prof Basile Chaix

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2019: $74,735
  • 2018: $104,773
  • 2017: $134,193

Other Public Sector Funding

Mapping Sites for Water in the City of Melbourne

A/Prof Lukar Thornton

  • 2014: $63,275

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

A/Prof Lukar Thornton

  • 2015: $14,563
  • 2014: $13,636

Evaluation of water fountains in City of Melbourne

A/Prof Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2015: $49,491

Water Fountain Campaign evaluation

A/Prof Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $19,600

Etihad Stadium Water Fountain Use Evaluation

A/Prof Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2016: $67,075

Etihad Stadium Water Fountain Use Evaluation 2017

A/Prof Lukar Thornton, Dr Karen Lamb

  • 2017: $26,754

Evaluation Support Water in Sports Initiative 2017-2020 Proj ID: 27136

Prof Anna Peeters, Dr Miranda Blake, A/Prof Lukar Thornton, A/Prof Adrian Cameron, Dr Dominique Condo, Dr Tara Boelsen-Robinson

  • 2020: $89,144
  • 2019: $100,000
  • 2018: $100,000

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2019

Davina Elizabeth Mann

Thesis entitled: Understanding and promoting healthy and sustainable food behaviours

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

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