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Our research areas

The main areas of research of this group centre around the relationship of sedentary behaviour with non-communicable disease and mental health and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve health outcomes in a range of population groups and settings. Research is conducted for hypothesis generation through to population and patient benefit. This is achieved via epidemiological (to generate new knowledge of links between sedentary behaviour and health), experimental (to investigate the mechanisms, dose response and health effects of breaking up sedentary time), effectiveness (evaluating long-term effectiveness of behavioural interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour) and implementation (of interventions into clinical, occupational or community settings) approaches.

Our sedentary behaviour research areas include:

  • Controlled laboratory-based proof of concept studies
  • Secondary cohort data analysis
  • Genetic epidemiology of sedentary behaviour and health outcomes
  • Social, behavioural and biological determinants of sedentary behaviour
  • Intervention development, evaluation and implementation
  • Development of evidence-informed public health policy and guidelines

The population groups that we conduct research with include, but are not limited to, the following: