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Professor David Lubans is the Deputy Director of the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Active Living and Learning. He is a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow and current National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow. Professor Lubans has 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 has been recognised as a ‘Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher’ (top 1% most cited for subject field and year of publication) for the past 3 years (2019, 2020 and 2021). 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 mental health and cognition. Professor Lubans is regularly invited to serve on expert committees to guide physical activity policy and practice.


  • 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)