Dr Grant Tomkinson has a Bachelor of Sports Science (Exercise Science) degree from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) degree and a Doctorate (PhD) in Human Movement from the University of South Australia. He is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health Education at the University of North Dakota (UND), and holds an Adjunct Professorship with the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He is the Chair of Active Healthy Kids Australia (AHKA) and former Asia-Pacific Lead for the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA). He was the Project Leader for the AU$1 million Anthropometric Survey of the Royal Australian Navy (ASRAN) and for the AU$1.2 million Australian Warfighter Anthropometric Survey (AWAS).
His research interests include time trends in the physical fitness, physical activity and adiposity of young people, and anthropometry, with a particular focus on the digit ratio and 3D anthropometry. Using historical data on over 75 million young people from 50 countries, his research was the first to conclusively show that young people’s cardiorespiratory fitness has in fact declined worldwide since about 1975. His research has informed policy at an international level, with contributions to policy in Australia, Canada, and the UK, and to the International Olympic Committee’s consensus statement on Fitness and Health of Young People through Sport and Physical Activity. He is a Young Tall Poppy Science Award winner.