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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Physical Activity Special Interest Group

The remit of this group is broad, but ultimately focused on physical activity as a lifestyle behaviour, generating and evaluating evidence for policy and practice concerning community-based lifestyle interventions. The SIG has multi- and inter-disciplinary expertise to address a range of complex questions from a variety of paradigm perspectives. By working together with our public health, public sector and community partners (present and future) we strive to advance knowledge and understanding of physical activity in terms of what works, for whom and in what circumstances, and ultimately to create impact through policy change.

The membership of our SIG is as follows:

Co-Directors:

  • Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds (Lecturer in Physical activity and Nutrition, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Dr Emily Oliver (Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Programme Director for BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Dr Tessa Pollard (Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology)

Core Membership:

  • Coral Hanson (Business Strategy Manager, Active Northumberland, Northumberland County Council, and PhD candidate School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University)
  • Dr Amelia Lake (Lecturer in Knowledge Exchange in Public Health, Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health)
  • Dr Sue Bock (Senior Teaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Mr Rob Cramb (Teaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise Physiology, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Dr Frances Hillier-Brown (Research Associate, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health)
  • Iain Lindsay (Lecturer in Sport, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Nick Walton (Geography)
  • Ben Rigby (PhD candidate School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Sarah N Metcalfe (ESRC Funded PhD Researcher, School of Education & School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Julie Russell and Stephen Howell (Durham County Council, Strategic Lead and Head, respectively, of the Culture and Sport team)

Advisory network

David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Director Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health; Carolyn Summerbell, Professor of Human Nutrition, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health; Clare Bambra, Professor of Public Health Geography, Department of Geography; David Baxter, Professor of Physiotherapy, Dean of School, University of Otago, Dr Shelina Visram, Lecturer in Public Policy and Health, Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health.