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Cassandra Phoenix

Associate Professor in Physical Activity & Health, Durham University

My research takes the form of two inter-related strands. The first focuses on healthy ageing across the life course with respect to the embodied health-related practices, active mobilities, and socio-environmental contexts (e.g. ageism, dis/ablism), that shape people’s ability to live long, healthy lives, and do what they have reason to value as they age.

The second strand focuses on the connections between health, wellbeing and the environment by examining people’s engagement with and connection to “nature” (e.g. via blue/green spaces, and weather elements). This includes, for example, how nature is accessed, experienced, and given meaning in relation to health and wellbeing across the life course and the ways in which all of this is shaped and constrained by broader social forces and inequalities.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor, Durham University
  • 2016–2019
    Reader, University of Bath
  • 2010–2015
    Senior lecturer , University of Exeter Medical School


  • 2004 
    University of Exeter, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • International Society for Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health
  • British Society of Gerontology