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Durham University

Physical Activity Lab

Physical Activity Lab

Low levels of physical activity are considered a key public health problem. Our research explores how and why physical and sedentary 'activities' are (or are not) practised in everyday lives in different social contexts, using a range of methods, from accelerometry-based activity monitoring to mobile ethnography. We are also interested in practices related to physical activity, including travel.

The Physical Activity Lab provides opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to become involved in our research, and we welcome enquiries. Please contact Tessa Pollard.

Recent Publications

Morris S, Guell C and Pollard TM (2019) Group walking as a "lifeline": understanding the place of outdoor walking groups in women's lives. Social Science and Medicine 238: 112489.

Wagnild JM, Hinshaw K and Pollard TM (2019) Associations of sedentary time and self-reported television time during pregnancy with incident gestational diabetes and plasma glucose levels in women at risk of gestational diabetes in the UK. BMC Public Health 19: 575.

Moffatt S, Wildman J, Pollard TM, Penn L, O'Brien N, Pearce MS, Wildman JM (2019) Evaluating the impact of a community-based social prescribing intervention on people with type 2 diabetes in North East England: mixed-methods study protocol. BMJ Open 9: e026826

Pollard TM and Wagnild JM (2017) Gender differences in walking (for leisure, transport and in total) across the adult life: a systematic review. BMC Public Health 17: 341.

Abbas SZ, Pollard TM, Wynn P, Learmonth A, Joyce K, Bambra C (2015) The effectiveness of using the workplace to identify and address modifiable health risk factors in deprived populations. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 10.1136/oemed-2014-102743.

Hornby-Turner YC, Hampshire KR and Pollard TM (2014) A comparison of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in 9-11 year old British Pakistani and White British girls: a mixed methods study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 11: 74.

Pollard TM and Guell C (2012). Assessing physical activity in Muslim women of South Asian origin. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 9: 970-976.

Pollard TM, Hornby-Turner YC, Ghurbhurrun A and Ridgers ND (2012) Differences between 9-11 year old British Pakistani and White British girls in physical activity and behavior during school recess. BMC Public Health 12:1087.

Contact Details

Physical Activity Lab
Department of Anthropology, Durham University
Dawson Building
South Road