Lea den Broeder (1958) studied Educational Sciences (Master’s degree) at the University of Amsterdam and later obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Netherlands School of Public Health. She works at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and also spends one day a week working as a professor in ‘Health and Environment ' at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Lea den Broeder has been working on Health in All Policies for more than 10 years, in particular on the interaction between people and their living environment, first at the Netherlands School of Public Health, and later at RIVM.

Her focus is on citizen science and other forms of citizen participation, particularly among vulnerable groups.    Lea has done a great deal of work in the field of Health Impact Assessment and community-based Health Impact Assessment. In addition to developing methodology and instrumentation, she has developed and provided training and education on the subject, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Her professional experience also includes the field of policy analysis, including work at  Public Health Status and Forecast. For many years, she has applied this knowledge in practice by coordinating RIVM’s contacts with the commissioning ministries.

She plays an active role in international networks on Health in All Policies and Health Impact Assessment. Since 2003 she has been active in various management positions within the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), including membership of the Board of Directors of 2009-2012. In 2009, she organised and chaired the 10th edition of the international Health Impact Assessment conference in Rotterdam.


  • Citizen science
  • Citizen participation
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Urban health, healthy districs
  • Health impact assessment


E-mail: info@rivm.nl