Stefanie Vandevijvere


Research focus

Dr Stefanie Vandevijvere is a senior public health nutrition scientist and her research focuses on nutrition policies for obesity prevention locally, nationally and globally. Her work aims to support the development and implementation of policies to effectively and equitably improve the quality of population diets.  In particular she has an interest in the role of food environments in determining people’s dietary habits and how to hold governments and food businesses to account for their actions to create healthy food environments to effectively reduce obesity.

Focus in CoDiet

Task 6.1 – Benchmarking and analysis of policies to improve diets in six EU countries.

This task will build on the policy benchmarking work undertaken in the H2020 Science and Technology in childhood Obesity (STOP) and Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) projects, utilising the Health Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) across 11 European countries between 2019 and 2021.


Policy implementation and priorities to create healthy food environments using the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): A pooled level analysis across eleven European countries.

Pineda E, Poelman MP, Aaspõllu A, Bica M, Bouzas C, Carrano E, De Miguel-Etayo P, Djojosoeparto S, Blenkuš MG, Graca P, Geffert K, Hebestreit A, Helldan A, Henjum S, Huseby CS, Gregório MJ, Kamphuis C, Laatikainen T, Løvhaug AL, Leydon C, Luszczynska A, Mäki P, Martínez JA, Raulio S, Romaniuk P, Roos G, Salvador C, Sassi F, Silano M, Sotlar I, Specchia ML, de Arriaga MT, Terragni L, Torheim LE, Tur JA, von Philipsborn P, Harrington JM, Vandevijvere S.

Lancet Reg Health Eur. 2022 Nov 16;23:100522. doi: 10.1016/j.lanepe.2022.100522. eCollection 2022 Dec.

A collective call to strengthen monitoring and evaluation efforts to support healthy and sustainable food systems: ‘The Accountability Pact’.

Garton K, Kraak V, Fanzo J, Sacks G, Vandevijvere S, Haddad L, Brinsden H, Laar A, Karupaiah T, Omidvar N, Masters W, Kauer I, Swinburn B.

Public Health Nutr. 2022 Sep;25(9):2353-2357. doi: 10.1017/S1368980022001173. Epub 2022 May 16.

Strength of EU-level food environment policies and priority recommendations to create healthy food environments.

Djojosoeparto SK, Kamphuis CBM, Vandevijvere S, Murrin C, Stanley I, Romaniuk P, Harrington JM, Poelman MP; PEN Consortium.

Eur J Public Health. 2022 Jun 1;32(3):504-511. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckac010.

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