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Nicole completed a course in Sports education, a BSc in Nutrition, and MSc in Health Sciences. These divergent courses combined with her personal interests - surfing, hiking, snowboarding, reading - shaped her wide research interest in understanding how built and natural environments can contribute to human health and well-being.

Nicole received her PhD training at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam under the supervision of prof.dr.ir. J.C Seidell, prof.dr. S.L. Koole, dr. J. Maas, and dr.ir. S.C. Dijkstra. The aim of here PhD project was to explore how the physical study environment can contribute to students lifestyle, health and well-being. In detail, it explored the effects of green study environments and the effects of fruit and vegetable interventions in secondary and tertiary education settings. During her PhD training, Nicole did a short internship at the European Center of Environment and Human Health to work on the Blue Health project under the supervision of dr. L.R. Elliot and dr. M.P. White.

In her current work as a researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden, Nicole explores how nature can be integrated in the design of everyday environments and settings to promote health and well-being.



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