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Durham University

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:

  • Dr Karen Hind (Assistant Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
  • 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 (Teaching Fellow, Sports and Exercise Science)
  • Iain Lindsay (Lecturer in Sport, School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Ben Rigby (PhD candidate School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Sarah N Metcalfe (ESRC Funded PhD Researcher, School of Education & School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Hester Hockin-Boyers (PhD candidate School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Alex Hodge (PhD candidate School of Applied Social Sciences)
  • Sophie Phillips (PGR, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences)
  • Janelle Wagnild (Research Associate, Department of Anthropology)
  • Emily Tupper (PhD student, Department of Anthropology)
  • Rachel Mowbray (Research Postgraduate, Department of Psychology)

Advisory network

Carolyn Summerbell, Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences