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Matthew  Hobbs

Matthew Hobbs


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Education / Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Beckett University

    Investigating associations between the built environment and obesity

    1 Oct 2013 -
  • Bachelor of Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University

    The impact of Physical Education National Curriculum lesson theme and context on MVPA in year 9 females

  • Master of Science, Loughborough University

    Sedentary behaviour and dietary intake in pre-adolescent children: a systematic review and meta-analysis



Matt is a Lecturer in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health and early career researcher. Matt has a BA (Hons) Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University, a MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health from Loughborough University and is currently undertaking a PhD at Leeds Beckett University for which he received a scholarship. Matt is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

His PhD explores the association between the physical food and physical activity environment and obesity. He is beginning to collaborate closely with local authorities and other universities to facilitate knowledge exchange within this area. Matt is an active member of the Association for Obesity (ASO), The International Society for Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) and the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). His work has been published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as being presented at national and international conferences.

Matt’s personal interests include surfing, long-distance running, cross-country running, cycling and football.

Areas of expertise

Physical activity, obesity, environmental influences, geographical information systems, meta-analysis, multi-level modelling.

Current Teaching

Module Leader

- Research Methods (Level 4)

- Research Practice (Level 7)

- Professional Learning Through Work (Level 6)

- Volunteering in Sport, Health and Nutrition (Level 5)

- The Healthy Environment (Level 7)

Other teaching  

- Research Methods (Level 5)

- Community Health and Fitness (Level 5)

- Physical Activity and Behaviour Change (Level 6)