Professor Stuart Biddle

Professor Stuart Biddle

BEd (LoughUni), MSc (PennState), PhD (KeeleUni), CPsychol

Program Leader, Active Living and Public Health, Institute of Sport, Exercise & Active Living (ISEAL)

Stuart joined ISEAL in 2014 from Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK), where he was Professor of Physical Activity & Health.

Between 2001 and 2007 he was Head of the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Loughborough. Stuart’s research focussed initially on the psychology of sport, exercise and physical education with an emphasis on motivation. He now adopts a wider behavioural medicine approach on physical activity and sedentary behaviour with a particular emphasis on the measurement, prevalence, correlates and behaviour change elements of sedentary behaviour (sitting time).

Stuart has been heavily involved with UK guidelines and policy, including heading the initial physical activity guidelines for young people in 1998, being a member of the 2011 guidelines writing group, and chairing the expert group that assessed the evidence on sedentary behaviour. The latter led to the inclusion of sedentary behaviour guidelines for the first time in the UK in 2011. In 2009-10, Stuart was President of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). He is a Fellow of ISBNPA, BASES and the UK PE Association, and was the first to be elected to Honorary Membership of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity.

Recent publications

Professor Biddle has published over 250 research papers, 14 books, 70 book chapters and presented over 750 research papers at conferences.

Refereed journal articles

Dempsey, P. C., Owen, N., Biddle, S. J. H., & Dunstan, D. W. (2014). Managing sedentary behaviour to reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Current Diabetes Reports, 14. doi: 10.1007/s11892-014-0522-0.

Pearson, N., Biddle, S. J. H., Braithwaite, R. E., van Sluijs, E. M. F., & Atkin, A. J. (2014). Associations between sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children and adolescents: A meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 15, 666-675. doi: 10.1111/obr.12188.

Wilmot, E. G., Edwardson, C. L., Biddle, S. J. H., Gorely, T., Henson, J., Khunti, K., Nimmo, M.A., Yates, T., & Davies, M. J. (2013). Prevalence of diabetes and impaired glucose metabolism in younger ‘at risk’ UK adults: insights from the STAND programme of research. Diabetic Medicine, 30(6), 671-675. doi: 10.1111/dme.12173.

Atkin, A.J., Gorely, T., Clemes, S.A., Yates, T., Edwardson, C., Brage, S., Salmon, J., Marshall, S.J., & Biddle, S.J.H. (2012). Sedentary behaviour: A methods of measurement in epidemiology paper. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41, 1460-1471.

Wilmot, E.G., Edwardson, C.L., Achana, F.A., Davies, M.J., Gorely, T., Gray, L.J., Khunti, K., Yates, T., & Biddle, S.J.H. (2012). Sedentary time in adults and the association with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and death: systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia, 55(11), 2895-2905, doi:  2810.1007/s00125-00012-02677-z. 


Biddle, S.J.H., Mutrie, N., & Gorely, T. (2015). Psychology of physical activity: Determinants, well-being, and interventions (3rd Edition). London: Routledge. 

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Research grants

Since 2010, Professor Biddle has been an investigator on 7 grants with a total funding allocation of more than $AUD 12 million. Recent consultancy includes:

  • Fitness First
  • Weight Watchers
  • Unilever
  • Nuffield Health

Research grants held in UK:

£542,430 from Department of Health, 2014-2016. SMArT Work: Stand More AT Work. PI: Dr Fehmidah Munir Co-Is: Professor Stuart Biddle; Dr Tom Yates, Dr Charlotte Edwardson, , Dr Dale Esliger, Dr Laura Gray, Professor Melanie Davies.

£853,099 from Medical Research Council, 2013-2016. Reducing sedentary behaviour in older adults: investigating a new therapeutic paradigm. PI: Dr Tom Yates, Co-Is: Dr Charlotte Edwardson, Professor Melanie Davies, Professor Kamlesh Khunti, Professor Stuart Biddle, Dr Jason Gill, Dr Danielle Morris, Professor Naveed Sattar, Dr Latha Velayudhan, Professor Alan Sinclair, Dr Dale Esliger.

£200,000 National Institute for Health Research - East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC): Healthy Schools Programme: physical activity and sedentary behaviour, from 2014

£181,409 from British Heart Foundation, 2013-2016. Kids FIRST: Development and Feasibility of a Family-based intervention to Reduce Snacking and Screen Time in Children. PI: Dr Natalie Pearson & Emma Haycraft; Co-Is: Sonia McGeorge, Professor Stuart Biddle, Dr Paula Griffiths.

Editorial board member

  • Preventive Medicine
  • AIMS Public Health
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity
  • Psychology of Sport & Exercise
  • Scandinavian Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports
  • European Physical Education Review
  • Revista de Psicologia del Deporta (Spain)
  • Studia Kinanthropologica (Czech Republic)
  • Journal of Tianjin Institute of Physical Education (China)
  • Chung Cheng Physical Education Journal (Taiwan)

Appearances in the media

Stuart has regular contact with the media, including journalists, and has appeared on over 50 radio and TV programmes.

Areas of expertise

  • Active living and public health
  • Behaviour change
  • Health-enhancing physical activity
  • Psychological well-being
  • Psychology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Sedentary behaviour

Contact details

+61 3 9919 5063