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David Lubans received his undergraduate degree in Human Movement and Health Education from the University of Sydney, Australia and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is currently a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia and Theme Lead for School-based Research in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. He is a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellow. Dr Lubans and his colleagues have published extensively and secured funding from competitive sources including the ARC, NHMRC, Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada, Health Research Council New Zealand, and Hong Kong General Research Fund. He is internationally recognised as an expert in the design, evaluation and dissemination of school-based physical activity interventions. Much of his research has involved inter-sectoral partnerships with government and non-government organisations. His secondary area of interest is studying the effects of physical activity and fitness on young people’s cognitive and mental health. Professor Lubans is regularly invited to serve on expert committees to guide physical activity policy and practice. Recent examples include the Australian Movement Guidelines for Children and Young People, Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Young People, Sport Australia Physical Literacy Expert Panel and Chair of the Sports Medicine Australia Scientific Committee. He is currently involved in a range of school-based physical activity projects with colleagues from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, University of Newcastle
  • 2012–2014
    Associate Professor, University of Newcastle
  • 2009–2011
    Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2005 
    University of Oxford, DPhil
  • 2003 
    University of Oxford, MSc
  • 1995 
    University of Sydney, BEd (Human Movement and Health)