13:00 - 16:00


Aalborg University, Copenhagen
A. C. Meyers Vaenge 15, Copenhagen V, 2450

Event Type

Invitation to Ph.D. defence by Anders Knørr Lyseen, Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg Universitet.

Application of spatial behaviour in assessing food environment influence on health
   – Integrating behaviour tracking with health, demographic and spatial data

The defence takes place on Thursday April 28th, 2016 at 13.00 – 16.00 at Aalborg University Copenhagen, A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, room ACM 15 C3/2.3.004.

This  study  examines  the  application  of  spatial  behaviour  data  in  measuring  exposure  to  the food  environment.  Second,  the  availability  and  integration  of  spatial  data,  demographic  data and health data are examined. The socio-ecological model is used to provide a framework that demonstrates  how  different  elements  of  society  interact  to  shape  individuals’  eating  and physical activity behaviours.

In  conclusion,  this  thesis  shows  that  ‘neighbourhood’  clearly  is  a  diffuse  and  blurred  concept that varies in meaning depending on each person’s perception and the study be ing conducted. Complexity and heterogeneity of human mobility no longer appear to correspond to the use of
residential neighbourhoods; rather, these aspects of mobility emphasise the need for methods, concepts and measures of individual activity and exposure. The broad perspective of the socioecological model of obesity makes determination of relevant variables very complex. However,
obtaining  accurate  and  reliable  data  can  be  a  lengthy  and  expensive  process  —  one  that  is often  confounded  by  privacy  and  confidentiality  requirements,  which  need  to  be  balanced against  the  need  for  high-quality  analysis.  Obtaining  an  overview  of  the  available  health  data suitable for spatial applications is not easy.

Assessment Committee
Professor, Dr. Hardy Pundt, Department of Automation and Computer Science, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Professor (tenure track), PhD Tuuli Toivonen, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Associate Professor, PhD Lars Bodum (Chairman), Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Professor, dr. scient. Henning Sten Hansen, Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark.
Professor, PhD Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark.

After  the  defence  the  department  will  host  a  reception  at  A.  C.  Meyers Vænge 15, room ACM 15 D3/2.3.124. Please send an e-mail to Birthe Lund Nørskov  birthe@land.aau.dknot  later  than  April  24,  if  you  plan  to  attend the defence and the reception.