Professor Christopher Gidlow

Professor Of Applied Health Research

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

Following an undergraduate in Applied Biology (University of Newcastle upon Tyne), I completed an MSc at in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health (University of Bristol). After one year as Research Associate within Clinical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, I completed my doctoral research on socio-demographic bias in exercise referral in July 2006 (Sheffield Hallam University). I have since worked at Staffordshire University, collaborating and leading on a range of applied health projects, particularly relating to physical activity, environmental determinants of health and activity, and primary care-based health/physical activity promotion, in addition to post-graduate teaching and supervision, and other management/administrative responsibilities.

Academic qualifications

BSc (hons) - Applied Biology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

MSc - Physical Activity, Nutrition and Public Health, University of Bristol

PhD - Physical activity referral schemes: socio-demographic patterning of exposure, uptake and attendance, Sheffield Hallam University

Research interests

My research is multi-disciplinary and applied, specialising in two main areas: natural environments and health, and health and physical activity promotion through primary care, including NHS Health Checks and exercise referral.

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  • MSc in Physical Activity and Public Health

  • MSc in Applied Research

  • MSc and PhD supervision

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