Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science, University of Westminster

I am a lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science at the University of Essex and have both a BSc (hons) and PhD in Sports and Exercise Science. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests are focused on the role of natural environments in facilitating physical activity and whether being active in green spaces (Green Exercise) can provide additive benefits for health and wellbeing. I am also interested in the role of Green Exercise in reducing stress and improving health and wellbeing in vulnerable groups of people such as those with mental ill-health, children with attention difficulties, those who have experienced homelessness, abuse or addiction and those with physical illnesses.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science, University of Westminster
  • 2010–2015
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Essex

Education

  • 2014 
    University of Essex, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice
  • 2012 
    University of Essex, PhD Sports and Exercise Science
  • 2009 
    University of Essex, BSc Sports and Exercise Science

Publications

  • 2015
    A case-control study of the health and wellbeing benefits of allotment gardening, Journal of Public Health
  • 2015
    Physical education or playtime: Which is more effective at promoting physical activity in primary school children? , BMC Research Notes
  • 2015
    Improving health and well-being independently of GDP: Dividends of greener and prosocial economies, International Journal of Environmental Health Research
  • 2014
    A repeated measures experiment of school playing environment to increase physical activity and enhance self-esteem in UK school children, Plos One
  • 2014
    Interactions between physical activity and the environment to improve adolescent psychological wellbeing: a randomised controlled trail, International Journal of Environment and Health
  • 2014
    The effect of playground- and nature- based playtime interventions on physical activity and self-esteem in UK school children, International Journal of Environmental Health Research
  • 2013
    A repeated measures experiment of Green Exercise to improve self-esteem in UK school children. , Plos One
  • 2013
    The great outdoors: How a green exercise environment can benefit all, Extreme Physiology and Medicine
  • 2012
    A randomised control trial of physical activity in a perceived environment on self-esteem and mood in UK adolescents, International Journal of Environmental Health Research