Dr Lina Engelen

Research Fellow
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Physical environment - affecting health?

How can changes to the environment in workplaces and children’s playgrounds encourage people to be more physically active? This is one of the key questions that my public health research at the Charles Perkins Centre seeks to answer.

Most of us spend a large proportion of our time interacting with the built environment; at work, school and home, for leisureand for transport in between. I am interested in how the physicalenvironment influences health, healthy behaviour (such as physical activity),mood and perceptions; with a particular focus on workplace health and productivity.

As our society has developed rapidly, we have become increasingly good at curing diseases, but not yet great at preventing chronic (lifestyle) diseases;such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. One very important factor in prevention and disease management is physical activity.

I research how children and adults can be more physically active and less sedentary through different types of interventions, including playground and workplace interventions. In the field of children’s physical activity, I am very interested in play and the aspect of healthy risk taking. Play is children’s occupation and a very important part of their development and learning physical, emotional and cognitive skills. Often adults protect children to a detrimental degree, where the short-term risks (such as grazes, or a fracture) are prioritised over the long-term risks (lack of social and physical skills and non-communicable diseases).

My research experience from the fields of public health, physiology, sensory science and children’s health has made me a well-rounded health researcher with solid research project management experience.

1998: MSc - Lund University, Sweden

2004: PhD - Faculty of Medicine at University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

2004-2006: Post-Doc at Lausanne, Switzerland

2009: Research Fellow, the University of Sydney

Research interests

Physical activity, Sedentary behaviour, Workplace health, Active Design, Children's physical activity and play, and public health

Chemosensory science, in particular texture perception

Selected grants

2015

  • The metabolic benefits of increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour in the office-based workplace; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Pappas E, Edwards K, Shirley D, Chau J, Engelen L; Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation/Research Grant.
  • Evaluation of sit less and move more at work pilot studies; Chau J, Engelen L, Milton K, Bauman A, Daley M, Maxwell J; National Heart Foundation of Australia/Research Support.
  • Increasing and Promoting Stair Use; Engelen L, Bauman A, Howse E; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.

2013

  • Evaluation of a corporate worksite physical activity challenge (the Global Corporate Challenge); Bauman A, Macniven R, Engelen L, Rosen M; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.
  • Stair Intervention Study; Engelen L, Bauman A; University of Sydney/Healthy Sydney University Seed Funding.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Wyver, S., Bundy, A., Engelen, L., Naughton, G., Niehues, A. (2014). The Sydney Playground Project: A playful approach to promoting health and wellbeing. In Susanne Garvis, Donna Pendergast (Eds.), Health and Wellbeing in Childhood, (pp. 349-360). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.
  • Engelen, L., de Wijk, R. (2012). Food Oral Processing and Texture Perception. In Jianshe Chen, Lina Engelen (Eds.), Food Oral Processing: Fundamentals of Eating and Sensory Perception, (pp. 159-176). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Engelen, L. (2012). Oral Receptors. In Jianshe Chen, Lina Engelen (Eds.), Food Oral Processing: Fundamentals of Eating and Sensory Perception, (pp. 15-43). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Sandseter, E., Naughton, G., Little, H., Bundy, A., Ragen, J., Engelen, L. (2012). Places to Play Outdoors: Sedentary and Safe or Active and Risky? In Peter Whiteman, Katey De Gioia (Eds.), Children and Childhoods 1: Perspectives, Places and Practices, (pp. 85-107). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Journals

  • Straker, L., Howie, E., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Gomersall, S., Ziviani, J., Schranz, N., Olds, T., Tomkinson, G. (2016). Australia and other nations are failing to meet sedentary behaviour guidelines for children: Implications and a way forward. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(2), 177-188. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bauman, A., Bellew, W., Caillaud, C., Merom, D., Fiatarone Singh, M., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Davis, G., Shirley, D., Neubeck, A., Van Der Ploeg, H., Kite, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Phongsavan, P., Kummerfeld, R., Williams, K., Stevens, K. (2016). Capacity building in physical activity and non-communicable disease prevention: a low-cost online training course can reach isolated practitioners [Forthcoming]. Global Health Promotion, in press. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Dhillon, H., Chau, J., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2016). Do active design buildings change health behaviour and workplace perceptions? Occupational Medicine, 66(5), 408-411. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Sukala, W., Fedel, K., Do, A., Engelen, L., Kingham, M., Salis (nee Sainsbury), A., Bauman, A. (2016). More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 68-74. [More Information]
  • Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Engelen, L., Moseley, A. (2016). Reduced physical activity in people following ankle fractures: A longitudinal study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(4), 235-242. [More Information]
  • Foley, B., Engelen, L., Gale, J., Bauman, A., Mackey, M. (2016). Sedentary Behavior and Musculoskeletal Discomfort Are Reduced When Office Workers Trial an Activity-Based Work Environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Article In Press. [More Information]
  • Macniven, R., Engelen, L., Kacen, M., Bauman, A. (2015). Does a corporate worksite physical activity program reach those who are inactive? Findings from an evaluation of the Global Corporate Challenge. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(2), 142-145. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Lau, J., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Bauman, A., Baur, L. (2015). Understanding patterns of young children’s physical activity after school - It’s all about context: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(3), 335-339. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Bauman, A., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Baur, L. (2015). Young children's after-school activities- there's more to it than screen time: A cross-sectional study of young primary school children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(1), 8-12. [More Information]
  • Schranz, N., Olds, T., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Giles-Corti, B., Gomersall, S., Hardy, L., Hesketh, K., Hills, A., Macniven, R., et al (2014). Results From Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(Supp 1), S21-S25. [More Information]
  • Hardy, L., O'Hara, B., Hector, D., Engelen, L., Eades, S. (2014). Temporal trends in weight and current weight-related behaviour of Australian Aboriginal school-aged children. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(11), 667-671. [More Information]
  • Niehues, A., Bundy, A., Broom, A., Tranter, P., Ragen, J., Engelen, L. (2013). Everyday uncertainties: reframing perceptions of risk in outdoor free play. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 13(3), 223-237. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Naughton, G., Simpson, J., Bauman, A., Ragen, J., Baur, L., Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Niehues, A., Perry, G., Jessup, G., Van Der Ploeg, H., et al (2013). Increasing physical activity in young primary school children - it's child's play: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 56(5), 319-325. [More Information]
  • Lau, J., Engelen, L., Bundy, A. (2013). Parents' Perceptions of Children's Physical Activity Compared on Two Electronic Diaries. Pediatric Exercise Science, 25(1), 124-137. [More Information]
  • Bundy, A., Kolrosova, J., Paguinto, S., Bray, P., Swain, B., Wallen, M., Engelen, L. (2011). Comparing the Effectiveness of a Parent Group Intervention with Child-Based Intervention for Promoting Playfulness in Children with Disabilities. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20(4), 95-114.
  • Bundy, A., Naughton, G., Tranter, P., Wyver, S., Baur, L., Schiller, W., Bauman, A., Engelen, L., Ragen, J., Luckett, T., Niehues, A., Stewart, G., Jessup, G., Brentnall, J. (2011). The Sydney Playground Project: Popping the bubblewrap - unleashing the power of play: A cluster randomized controlled trial of a primary school playground-based intervention aiming to increase children's physical activity and social skills. BMC Public Health, 11, 680-1-680-9. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Wyver, S., Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Naughton, G. (2012). What's eating into school recess? Implications of extended eating for free play and physical activity. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2016

  • Straker, L., Howie, E., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Gomersall, S., Ziviani, J., Schranz, N., Olds, T., Tomkinson, G. (2016). Australia and other nations are failing to meet sedentary behaviour guidelines for children: Implications and a way forward. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(2), 177-188. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bauman, A., Bellew, W., Caillaud, C., Merom, D., Fiatarone Singh, M., Mackey, M., Johnson, N., Davis, G., Shirley, D., Neubeck, A., Van Der Ploeg, H., Kite, J., Chau, J., Hardy, L., Phongsavan, P., Kummerfeld, R., Williams, K., Stevens, K. (2016). Capacity building in physical activity and non-communicable disease prevention: a low-cost online training course can reach isolated practitioners [Forthcoming]. Global Health Promotion, in press. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Dhillon, H., Chau, J., Hespe, D., Bauman, A. (2016). Do active design buildings change health behaviour and workplace perceptions? Occupational Medicine, 66(5), 408-411. [More Information]
  • Chau, J., Sukala, W., Fedel, K., Do, A., Engelen, L., Kingham, M., Salis (nee Sainsbury), A., Bauman, A. (2016). More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers' sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 3, 68-74. [More Information]
  • Beckenkamp, P., Lin, C., Engelen, L., Moseley, A. (2016). Reduced physical activity in people following ankle fractures: A longitudinal study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 46(4), 235-242. [More Information]
  • Foley, B., Engelen, L., Gale, J., Bauman, A., Mackey, M. (2016). Sedentary Behavior and Musculoskeletal Discomfort Are Reduced When Office Workers Trial an Activity-Based Work Environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Article In Press. [More Information]

2015

  • Macniven, R., Engelen, L., Kacen, M., Bauman, A. (2015). Does a corporate worksite physical activity program reach those who are inactive? Findings from an evaluation of the Global Corporate Challenge. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(2), 142-145. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Lau, J., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Bauman, A., Baur, L. (2015). Understanding patterns of young children’s physical activity after school - It’s all about context: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(3), 335-339. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Bauman, A., Naughton, G., Wyver, S., Baur, L. (2015). Young children's after-school activities- there's more to it than screen time: A cross-sectional study of young primary school children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12(1), 8-12. [More Information]

2014

  • Schranz, N., Olds, T., Cliff, D., Davern, M., Engelen, L., Giles-Corti, B., Gomersall, S., Hardy, L., Hesketh, K., Hills, A., Macniven, R., et al (2014). Results From Australia's 2014 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(Supp 1), S21-S25. [More Information]
  • Hardy, L., O'Hara, B., Hector, D., Engelen, L., Eades, S. (2014). Temporal trends in weight and current weight-related behaviour of Australian Aboriginal school-aged children. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(11), 667-671. [More Information]
  • Wyver, S., Bundy, A., Engelen, L., Naughton, G., Niehues, A. (2014). The Sydney Playground Project: A playful approach to promoting health and wellbeing. In Susanne Garvis, Donna Pendergast (Eds.), Health and Wellbeing in Childhood, (pp. 349-360). Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

2013

  • Niehues, A., Bundy, A., Broom, A., Tranter, P., Ragen, J., Engelen, L. (2013). Everyday uncertainties: reframing perceptions of risk in outdoor free play. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 13(3), 223-237. [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Naughton, G., Simpson, J., Bauman, A., Ragen, J., Baur, L., Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Niehues, A., Perry, G., Jessup, G., Van Der Ploeg, H., et al (2013). Increasing physical activity in young primary school children - it's child's play: a cluster randomised controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 56(5), 319-325. [More Information]
  • Lau, J., Engelen, L., Bundy, A. (2013). Parents' Perceptions of Children's Physical Activity Compared on Two Electronic Diaries. Pediatric Exercise Science, 25(1), 124-137. [More Information]

2012

  • Engelen, L., de Wijk, R. (2012). Food Oral Processing and Texture Perception. In Jianshe Chen, Lina Engelen (Eds.), Food Oral Processing: Fundamentals of Eating and Sensory Perception, (pp. 159-176). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Engelen, L. (2012). Oral Receptors. In Jianshe Chen, Lina Engelen (Eds.), Food Oral Processing: Fundamentals of Eating and Sensory Perception, (pp. 15-43). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Wyver, S., Tranter, P., Sandseter, E., Naughton, G., Little, H., Bundy, A., Ragen, J., Engelen, L. (2012). Places to Play Outdoors: Sedentary and Safe or Active and Risky? In Peter Whiteman, Katey De Gioia (Eds.), Children and Childhoods 1: Perspectives, Places and Practices, (pp. 85-107). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Wyver, S., Engelen, L., Bundy, A., Naughton, G. (2012). What's eating into school recess? Implications of extended eating for free play and physical activity. 2012 Joint International Conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) and the Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA), Sydney: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE).

2011

  • Bundy, A., Kolrosova, J., Paguinto, S., Bray, P., Swain, B., Wallen, M., Engelen, L. (2011). Comparing the Effectiveness of a Parent Group Intervention with Child-Based Intervention for Promoting Playfulness in Children with Disabilities. Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, 20(4), 95-114.
  • Bundy, A., Naughton, G., Tranter, P., Wyver, S., Baur, L., Schiller, W., Bauman, A., Engelen, L., Ragen, J., Luckett, T., Niehues, A., Stewart, G., Jessup, G., Brentnall, J. (2011). The Sydney Playground Project: Popping the bubblewrap - unleashing the power of play: A cluster randomized controlled trial of a primary school playground-based intervention aiming to increase children's physical activity and social skills. BMC Public Health, 11, 680-1-680-9. [More Information]

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