Recent publications in international scientific journals by the Upstream Team:



  • de Groot R, van den Hurk K, Schoonmade LJ, de Kort WLAM, Brug J, Lakerveld J. (2019) Built-environment characteristics and blood lipids: a systematic review and meta-analysis of urban-rural differences.BMJ Global Health. In press.
  • Hoenink JC, Lakerveld J, Rutter H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Bardos H, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Mackenbach JD. (2019) The moderating role of social neighbourhood factors in the association between features of the physical neighbourhood environment and weight status. Obesity Facts. In press.


  • Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, Generaal E, Gibson-Smith D, Penninx BWJH, Beulens JWJ. (2018) Local fast-food environment, diet and blood pressure: the moderating role of mastery. Eur. J. Nutrition. 2018. Full Text

  • de Pinho MGM, Mackenbach JD, Oppert J-M, Charreire H, Bárdos H, Rutter H, Compernolle S, Beulens JWJ, Brug J, Lakerveld J. Exploring absolute and relative measures of exposure to food environments in relation to dietary patterns among European adults. Public Health Nutrition. In press.

  • Van Cauwenberg J, Loyen A, Lakerveld J, Cardon G, De Craemer M, Gheysen F, Chastin SFM. (2018) Differential influences of population densification and economic growth on Europeans’ physical activity and sitting time. Cities. 82.141-149. Full Text

  • Mackenbach JD, de Groot R, Lakerveld J, De Cocker K, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I,  Compernolle S. (2018) What factors explain socioeconomic inequalities in adults’ television-related sitting time? European Journal of Public Health. 1-6. Full Text

  • Rutters F, Beulens JWJ, Koopman ADM, Lakerveld J, van der Heijden AA, Nijpels G, Elders PJ. (2018) The association between multiple sleep-related characteristics and the metabolic syndrome in the general population: The New Hoorn study. Sleep Medicine. 22;52:51-57. Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Mackenbach JD, de Boer F, Brandhorst B, Broerse JEW, de Bruijn G-J, Feunekes G, Gillebaart M, Harbers M, Hoenink J, Klein M, Mensink F, Middel C, de Ridder DTD, Rutters F, Sluijs I, van der Schouw YT, Schuitmaker TJ, te Velde SJ, Velema E, Waterlander W, Brug J, Beulens JWJ.(2018) Improving cardiometabolic health through nudging dietary behaviours and physical activity in low SES adults: Design of the Supreme Nudge project. BMC Public Health. 18(1):899. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, de Pinho MGM, Faber E, den Braver N, de Groot R, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Bardos H, Rutter H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Lakerveld J. (2018) Exploring the cross-sectional association between outdoor recreational facilities and leisure-time physical activity: the role of usage and residential self-selection. IJBNPA 15:55. Full Text
  • Timmermans EJ, Lakerveld J, Beulens JWJ, Boomsma DI, Kramer SE, Oosterman M, Willemsen G, Stam M, Nijpels G, Schuengel C, Smit JH, Brunekreef B, Dekkers JEC, Deeg DJH, Penninx BWJH, Huisman M. (2018) Cohort Profile: The Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO). BMJ Open. 2018;8:e021597. Full Text
  • Carraça EV, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, Rutter H, Oppert JM, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Compernolle S, Roda C, Bardos H, Teixeira PJ. (2018) Lack of interest in physical activity - individual and environmental attributes in adults across Europe: The SPOTLIGHT project. Preventive Medicine. 111:41-48. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Charreire H, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Rutter H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Nijpels G, Brug J, Oppert J-M, Lakerveld J. (2018) Exploring the Relation of Spatial Access to Fast Food Outlets With Body Weight: A Mediation Analysis. Environment and Behavior. 1-30. Full Text
  • de Pinho MGM, Mackenbach JD, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Bárdos H, Rutter H, Compernolle S, Beulens JWJ, Brug J, Lakerveld J. (2018) Spatial access to restaurants and grocery stores in relation to frequency of home cooking. IJBNPA. 15:6. Full Text
  • Hart E, Lakerveld J, McKee M, Oppert J-M, Rutter H, Charreire H, Veenhoven R, Bárdos H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, Mackenbach JD (2017) Contextual correlates of happiness in European adults. PLoS One. 13(1): e0190387. Full Text
  • Den Braver NR, Lakerveld J, Rutters F, Schoonmade LJ, Brug J, Beulens JWJ. (1017) Built environmental characteristics and diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine. 16:12. Full Text


  • Brug J, van der Ploeg HP, Loyen A, Ahrens W, Allais O, Andersen LF, Cardon G, Capranica L, Chastin S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, De Craemer M, Donnelly A, Ekelund U, Finglas P, Flechtner-Mors M, Hebestreit A, Kubiak T, Lanza M, Lien N, MacDonncha C, Mazzocchi M, Monsivais P, Murphy M, Nicolaou M, Nöthlings U, O'Gorman D, Renner B, Roos G, van den Berg M, Schulze M, Steinacker J, Stronks K, Volkert D, Lakerveld J. (2017) Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings. IJBNPA. 14:150. Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Loyen A, Ling F, De Craemer M, van der ploeg HP, O'Gorman D, Carlin A, Capranica L, Kalter J, Oppert J-M, Chastin S, Cardon G, Brug J, MacDonncha C. (2017) Identifying and sharing data for secondary data analysis of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their determinants across the life course in Europe: general principles and an example from DEDIPAC. BMJ Open. 7:e017489. Full Text
  • Burgoine T, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, Forouhi NG, Griffin SJ, Brage S, Wareham NJ,  Monsivais P. (2017) Interplay of socioeconomic status and supermarket distance is associated with excess obesity risk: a UK cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14: 1290. Full Text
  • van Nassau F, Mackenbach JD, Compernolle S, de Bourdeaudhuij I, Lakerveld J, van der Ploeg HP. (2017) Individual and environmental correlates of objectively measured sedentary time in Dutch and Belgian adults. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 17;12(10):e0186538. Full Text
  • Loyen A, Nicolaou M, Snijder MB, Peters R, Stronks K, Langoien P, van der Ploeg HP, Brug J, Lakerveld J. (2017) Objectively measured sedentary time among five ethnic groups in Amsterdam: the HELIUS study. PLoS One. 12(7): e0182077. Full Text

  • Carlin A, Perchoux C, Puggina A, Aleksovska K, Buck C, Burns C, Cardon G, Simon C, Ciarapica D, Condello G, Coppinger T, Cortis C, D'Haese S, De Craemer M, Di Blasio A, Hansen S, Iacoviello L, Issartel J, Izzicupo P, Jaschke L, Kanning M, Kennedy A, Lakerveld J, Chun Man Ling F, Luzak A, Napolitano G, Nazare J-A, Pischon T, Polito A, Sannella A, Schulz H, Sohun R, Steinbrecher A, Schlicht W, Ricciardi W, MacDonncha C, Capranica L, Boccia S. (2017) A life course examination of the physical environmental determinants of physical activity behaviour: a "Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity" (DEDIPAC) umbrella systematic literature review. PloS One. 12(8): e0182083. Full Text

  • Compernolle S, De Cocker K, Mackenbach JD, van Nassau F, Lakerveld J, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (2017) Objectively measured physical environmental neighbourhood factors are not associated with accelerometer-determined total sedentary time in adults. IJBNPA 14;94. Full Text

  •  Lakerveld J, Loyen A, Schotman N, Peeters CFW, Cardon G, van der Ploeg HP, Lien N, Chastin S, Brug J. (2017) Sitting too much: A hierarchy of socio-demographic correlates. Prev. Med. 101:77-83. Full Text

  • de Pinho MGM, Mackenbach JD, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Bárdos H, Glonti K, Rutter H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Beulens JWJ, Brug J, Lakerveld J. (2017) Exploring the relationship between perceived barriers to healthy eating and dietary behaviours in European adults. European Journal of Nutrition. Eur. J. Nutr. [epub ahead of print]. Full Text

  • Timmermans M, Mackenbach JD, Charreire H, Bárdos H, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Oppert J-M,  Rutter H, McKee M, Lakerveld J. (2017) Exploring the mediating role of energy balance-related behaviours in the association between sleep duration and obesity in European adults. The SPOTLIGHT project. Preventive Medicine. in press.
  • Lakerveld J, Mackenbach JD. (2017) The upstream determinants of adult obesity. Obesity Facts10:216-222. Full Text
  • Visscher TLS, Lakerveld  J,  Olsen N, Küpers L, Ramalho S, Keaver L, Brei C, Bjune J-I, Ezquerro S, Yumuk V. (2017) Perceived Health Status: Is Obesity Perceived as a Risk Factor and Disease? Obesity Facts. 10:52–60. Full Text
  • Mertens L, Compernolle S, Deforche B, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, Brug J, Roda C, Feuillet T, Oppert JM, Glonti K, Rutter H, Bardos H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Van Dyck D. (2017) Built environmental correlates of cycling for transport across Europe. Health and Place 44: 35-42. Link


  • Mackenbach JD, Bot SD, Nijpels G, Lakerveld J. Association between social network characteristics and lifestyle behaviours in adults at risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0165041. Full Text

  • Roda C, Charreire H, Feuillet T, Mackenbach JD, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Rutter H, McKee M, Brug J, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Lakerveld J, Oppert J-M. (2016) Lifestyle correlates of overweight in adults: a hierarchical approach (the SPOTLIGHT project). IJBNPA 12:114. Full Text

  • Compernolle S, De Cocker K, Roda C, Mackenbach JD, Oppert J-M, Lakerveld J, Glonti K, Bardos, H, Rutter H, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (2016) Physical environmental correlates of domain-specific sedentary behaviours across five European regions (the SPOTLIGHT project) PLOS ONE. 1(10): e0164812. Full Text
  • Compernolle S, De Cocker K, Teixeira PJ, Oppert J-M, Roda C, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, McKee M, Glonti K, Rutter H, Bardos H, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (2016) The association between domain-specific sedentary behaviours and dietary habits in European adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the SPOTLIGHT survey. BMC Public Health. 16:1057. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, van Oostveen Y, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Bardos H, Rutter H, Glonti K, Oppert J-M, Charreire H, Brug J, Nijpels G. (2016) The mediating role of social capital in the association between neighbourhood income inequality and body mass index. European Journal of Publc Health. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD et al. (2016) The influence of urban land-use and public transport facilities on active commuting in Wellington, New Zealand: active transport forecasting using the WILUTE model. Sustainability, 8(3), 242. Full Text
  • Loyen A, van der Ploeg HP, Bauman A, Brug J, Lakerveld J. (2016) European sitting championship: Prevalence and correlates of self-reported sitting time in the 28 European Union Member States. PLoS One. 11(3):e0149320. Full Text
  • O’Donoghue G, Perchoux C, Mensah K, Lakerveld J, van der Ploeg HP, Bernaards C, Chastin SFM, Simon C, O’Gorman D, Nazare J-A. (2016) A systematic review of correlates of sedentary behaviour in adults aged 18–65 years: a socio-ecological approach. BMC Public Health. 16:163. Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Glonti K, Rutter H. (2016) Individual and contextual correlates of obesity-related behaviours and obesity: the SPOTLIGHT project. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:5-8. Full Text
  • Rutter H, Glonti K, Lakerveld J. (2016) The way ahead: where next for research into obesogenic environments? Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:108-9. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, van Lenthe FJ, Kawachi I, McKee M, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Glonti K, Feuillet T, Oppert J-M, Nijpels G, Brug J. (2016) Neighbourhood social capital: measurement issues and associations with health outcomes. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:96-107. Full Text
  • Glonti K, Mackenbach JD, Gordeev VS, Compernolle S, Feuillet T, Roda C, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Lakerveld J, Bárdos H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, McKee M, Rutter H. (2016) Psychosocial environment: definitions, measures and associations with weight status – a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:81-95. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, van Lenthe FJ, Teixeira PJ, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Bárdos H, Glonti K, Rutter H, McKee M, Nijpels G, Brug J. (2016) Interactions of individual perceived barriers and neighbourhood destinations with obesity-related behaviours in Europe. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:68-80. Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Mackenbach JD, Horvath E, Rutters F, Compernolle S, Bárdos H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Charreire H, Rutter H, Oppert J-M, McKee M, Brug J. (2016) The relation between sleep duration and sedentary behaviours in European adults. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:62-7. Full Text
  • Mertens L, Compernolle S, Gheysen F, Deforche B, Brug J, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, De Bourdeaudhuij. (2016) Perceived environmental correlates of cycling for transport among adults in five regions of Europe. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:53-61. Full Text
  • Feuillet T, Charreire H, Roda C, Ben-Rebah M, Mackenbach JD, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Rutter H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, McKee M, Brug J, Lakerveld J, Oppert J-M. (2016) Neighbourhood typology based on virtual audit of environmental obesogenic characteristics. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:19-30. Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, van Lenthe FJ, Bárdos H, Glonti K, Compernolle S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Oppert J-M, Roda C, Rutter H, Brug J, Nijpels G. (2016) Exploring why residents of socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods have less favourable perceptions of their neighbourhood environment than residents of wealthy neighbourhoods. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:42-52. Full Text
  • Roda C, Charreire H, Feuillet T, Mackenbach J, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Ben Rebah M, Bárdos H, Rutter H, McKee M, De Bourdeaudhij I, Brug J, Lakerveld J, Oppert J-M. (2016) Mismatch between perceived and objectively measured environmental obesogenic features in European neighbourhoods. Obesity Reviews. 17 S1:31-41. Full Text
  • Charreire H, Feuillet T, Roda C, Mackenbach JD, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Le Vaillant M, Rutter H, McKee M, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, Lakerveld J, Oppert J-M. (2016) Self-defined residential neighbourhoods: size variations and correlates across five European urban regions. Obesity Reviews. S1:9-18. Full Text
  • Compernolle S, Oppert J-M, Mackenbach JD, Lakerveld J, Charreire H, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Rutter H, De Cocker K, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (2016) Mediating role of energy-balance related behaviors in the association of neighborhood socio-economic status and residential area density with BMI: the SPOTLIGHT study. Preventive Medicine. 86:84-91.



  • Winckers ANE, Mackenbach JD, Compernolle S, Nicolaou M, van der Ploeg HP, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J. Lakerveld J. (2015) Educational differences in the validity of self-reported physical activity. BMC Public Health. 15:1299. Full Text
  • van Nassau F, Chau J, Lakerveld J, Bauman A, van der Ploeg H. (2015) Validity and responsiveness of four measures of occupational sitting and standing. IJBNPA. 12:144 Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Ben Rebah M, Mackenbach JD, Charreire H, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Bárdos H, Rutter H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, Oppert J-M. (2015) Obesity-related behaviours and BMI in five urban regions across Europe: sampling design and results from the SPOTLIGHT cross-sectional survey. BMJ Open. 5(10):e008505. Full Text
  • Gebremariam MK, Altenburg TA, Lakerveld J, Andersen LF, Stronks K, Chinapaw MJ, Lien N. (2015) Associations between socioeconomic position and correlates of sedentary behavior among youth: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews;16(11):988-1000. article in PubMed
  • Teixeira PJ, Carraça EV, Marques MM, Rutter H, Oppert J-M, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Lakerveld J, Brug J. (2015) Successful behavior change in obesity interventions in adults: A systematic review of self-regulation mediators. BMC Medicine. 13:84. Full Text
  • Gubbels JS, Mathisen FKSM, Samdal O, Lobstein T, Kohl LFM, Leversen I, Lakerveld J, Kremers SPJ, van Assema P. (2015) The assessment of ongoing community-based interventions to prevent obesity: lessons learned. BMC Public Health. 15:216. article in PubMed Full Text
  • Boersma P, van Weert JCM, Lakerveld J, Dröes R-M. (2015) The art of successful implementation of psychosocial interventions in residential dementia care: a systematic review of the literature based on the RE-AIM framework. International Psychogeriatrics. 27(1):19-35. article in PubMed Full Text



  • Bethlehem JR, Mackenbach JD, Ben Rebah M, Compernolle S, Glonti, Bárdos H, Rutter, HR, Charreire H, Oppert J-M, Brug J,            Lakerveld J. (2014) The SPOTLIGHT Virtual Audit Tool: A valid and reliable tool to assess obesogenic characteristics of the built environment.  International Journal of Health Geographics. 16;13(1):52. PubMed  Full Text
  • Compernolle S, De Cocker K, Lakerveld J, Mackenbach JD, Nijpels G, Oppert J-M, Rutter H, Teixeira PJ, Cardon G, De Bourdeaudhuij I. (2014) A RE-AIM evaluation of evidence-based multi-level interventions to improve obesity-related behaviours in adults: a systematic review (the SPOTLIGHT project). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical activity. 11:147. PubMed Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, van der Ploeg HP, Kroeze W, Ahrens W, Allais O, Andersen LF, Cardon G, Capranica L, Chastin S, Donnelly A, Ekelund U, Finglas P, Flechtner-Mors M, Hebestreit A, Hendriksen I, Kubiak T, Lanza M, Loyen A, MacDonncha C, Mazzocchi M, Monsivais P, Murphy M, Nöthlings U, O’Gorman DJ, Renner B, Roos G, Schuit AJ, Schulze M, Steinacker J, Stronks K, Volkert D, van ’t Veer P, Lien N, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, on behalf of the DEDIPAC consortium. (2014) Towards the integration and development of a cross European research network and infrastructure: The DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical activity. 11:143. PubMed Full Text
  • Contardo Ayala AM, Nijpels G, Lakerveld J. (2014) Validity of self-measured waist circumference in adults at risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. BMC Medicine. 2;12(1):170. PubMed Full Text
  • Altenburg TM, Lakerveld J, Bot SD, Nijpels G, Chinapaw M. (2014) The prospective relationship between sedentary time and cardiometabolic health in adults at increased cardiometabolic risk: the Hoorn Prevention Study. IJBNPA. 16;11(1):90. article in PubMed Full Text
  • Mackenbach JD, Rutter H, Compernolle S, Glonti K, Oppert JM, Charreire H, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Brug J, Nijpels G, Lakerveld J, (2014) Obesogenic environments: a systematic review of the association between the physical environment and adult weight status. The SPOTLIGHT project. BMC Public Health. 14:233. article in PubMed Full Text
  • Charreire H, Mackenbach JD, Ouasti M, Lakerveld J, Compernolle S, Ben-Rebah M, Mckee M, Brug J, Rutter H, Oppert J-M. (2014) Using remote sensing to define environmental characteristics related to physical activity and dietary behaviours: A systematic review (the SPOTLIGHT project). Health and Place. 25:1-9. article in PubMed Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Bot SD, Nijpels G. (2014) De effectiviteit van leefstijlinterventies in de eerste lijn. Huisarts en Wetenschap. 57(2):64-7. Full Text
  • Lakerveld J, Verstrate L, Bot SD, Kroon A, Baan CA, Brug J, Jansen APD, Droomers M, Abma T, Stronks K, Nijpels G. (2014). Environmental interventions in low socio-economic status neighbourhoods to promote healthy behaviour: exploration of enhancing and impeding factors. European Journal of Public Health. 24(3):390-5. article in PubMed Full Text