Jolieke van der Pols

Associate Professor, MSc PhD

Associate Professor Jolieke van der Pols MSc PhD obtained her MSc in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University, The Netherlands (1993). During her studies and subsequent work, she carried out research in West-Africa (Benin), at the National Public Health Institute of The Netherlands, in Egypt (WHO East Mediterranean Regional Office), London (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), and Cambridge (MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit/Human Nutrition Research). In 2000, she obtained her PhD from The University of Cambridge, in the field of nutritional epidemiology, after which she moved to Brisbane, Australia, to work at QIMR and later The University of Queensland. In 2017, she moved to the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Jolieke has published over 100 research papers. Her research has been funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, Cancer Council Queensland, NHMRC, European Commission, and other sources. Most of Jolieke’s research over the past 20+ years involved investigations that assessed whether nutrients, foods, or dietary patterns are associated with risk of different cancer types and obesity. She is also involved in research trials of supplements (vitamin D, prebiotics) and foods (fibre products), and collaborates with researchers in Vietnam. In 2012/2022, she was involved in international working groups with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on the assessment of health and environmental impacts of foods and diets using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. Follow-up nLCA work is ongoing including collaborations with Dr Graham McAuliffe at Rothamsted Research (UK) and Prof. Sarah McLaren and colleagues at Massey University (New Zealand). Jolieke is Program Leader of the Food Innovation Program at QUT’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy. She is a member of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

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