Dr Richard Pulsford
Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health


I am a public health researcher with broad interests in the how behaviour, including physical activity, sedentary behaviour (sitting) and sleep, impacts health. I am particularly interested in the day-to-day patterns of physical activity and how these links to health, how and why these patterns change (across the lifespan and in disease), and how we can best measure complex behaviour patterns in research. My work includes epidemiological and experimental research and the design and evaluation of interventions in a range of populations and clinical groups (stroke, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy). 

I was a member of the UK Chief Medical Officers expert working group for the development of the UK physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines in 2018

Broad research specialisms:

  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their links with health
  • Correlates and determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • The precise measurement of day-to-day patterns physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • The acute metabolic effects of physical activity


2005 BSc. Sport and Exercise Science - Loughborough University
2006 MSc. Exercise Physiology - Loughborough University
2014 PhD. ‘Sedentary Behaviour and Health’ – University of Exeter
2015 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Following my time at Loughborough University I spent three years as a Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Child Health on a strand of the Millennium Cohort Study examining physical activity patterns in UK children.

I joined Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter in 2010 to undertake a PhD examining the associations between sedentary behaviour (sitting) and health outcomes, under the supervision of Associate Professor Melvyn Hillsdon (Sport and Health Sciences) and Dr Katarina Kos (University of Exeter Medical School).

I was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health in September 2013 and have continued my research into sedentary behaviour and physical activity, their correlates and determinants, their associations with health, and issues surrounding their measurement.

Contact details

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Tel+44 (0) 1392 722861
AddressRichard's Building
University of Exeter
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road

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