Matthew  Hobbs

Matthew Hobbs


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Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science, Loughborough University

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

  • Bachelor of Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University

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

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Beckett University

    Investigating associations between the built environment and obesity

    1 Oct 2013 -



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 and an MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health from Loughborough University. He is currently undertaking a PhD at Leeds Beckett University for which he received a scholarship and is 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 working closely with local authorities to facilitate knowledge exchange within this area. Matt was recently appointed to the International Advisory Panel/Editorial Board for Perspectives in Public Health which is closely affiliated with the Royal Society for Public Health.

He is an active member of the Association for Obesity (ASO), The International Society for Behaviour, Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) The Society for Social Medicine (SSM) and The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). 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

Current or previous module Lead

- 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)

- Exercise across the lifespan (Level 7)

- Physical activity and behaviour change (Level 6)

- Community Health and Fitness (Level 5)

Other teaching  

- Research Methods (Level 5)

Willingness to take PhD students