Social Networks Interventions for Physical Activity

Dr Ruth Hunter, Project Manager for the MRC PARC Study, has been appointed to the CoENI Lectureship in Physical Activity and Public Health, based at the Centre for Public Health, QUB.  This follows Ruth’s recent success of being awarded a prestigious NIHR Career Development Fellowship to undertake appropriate development work prior to large scale trials (£420K).  This Fellowship aims to undertake pilot testing necessary to adequately design and evaluate novel social network enabled interventions, including: reviewing previous research; analysing social networks for workplace physical activity; simulation of network parameters to design an optimal intervention; and pilot testing the intervention. This Fellowship will address important knowledge gaps and build skills, capacity and evidence for social network enabled interventions for physical activity behaviour, which has significant potential for improved public health.