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Dr Gemma Ryde

Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Gemma Ryde

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Dr Gemma Ryde has been an advocate for physically activity from a young age and actively involved in sport and physical activity throughout her life. She started her career as a fitness instructor and completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with Sport and Exercise Science at Heriot Watt University in 2005. Her interested turned towards walking for health in various projects funded by Paths For All, including a community project delivering walking in low socio-economic areas of Edinburgh. She then worked for the national organisation with a remit to develop health walking throughout several geographical areas of Scotland, in addition to coordinating their research priorities. In 2009 she decided to further her interest in research and was offered a PhD scholarship at The University of Queensland, in Australia. Her PhD assessed the sitting patterns of office workers, and strategies for changing sedentary behaviour. This included the development of a novel objective measure of occupational sitting. Gemma started at the University of Stirling as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2013, investigating the physical activity intervention preferences of women who play bingo and using community based participatory research to develop an intervention with bingo players for bingo players. She then worked on a Medical Research Council funded project which came from the findings of her PhD work investigating workplaces perceptions of physical activity in paid work time. In 2015 Gemma was awarded an Impact Fellowship at the University of Stirling to progress her work in workplace physical activity and sedentary behaviour. She has since been appointed as a Lecturer at Stirling continuing her research work in the area of physical activity and health in addition to teaching on this topic.

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