Dr Gemma Ryde

Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health

Sport University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Gemma Ryde

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I have been an advocate for physically activity from a young age and actively involved in sport and physical activity throughout my life. I started my career as a fitness instructor and completed my undergraduate degree in Biology with Sport and Exercise Science at Heriot Watt University in 2005. I then spent several years in community physical activity development working for organisations such as Edinburgh Leisure and Paths For All with a focus on promoting walking in deprived communities. I embarked on a career in academia in 2009 by completing my PhD at The University of Queensland, in Australia. I returned to Scotland in 2013 where I completed several years Post-Doctoral training before accepting a position as Lecturer at the University of Stirling.

My research area is physical activity and health with a focus real world evaluation and interventions that make a difference to peoples lives. My current work is focused on workplace physical activity and sedentary behaviour. I coordinate SPSU9F4, Foundations of Physical Activity for Health, and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate research projects. I still have strong links to community sport and physical activity and I try and bring this applied aspect to both my teaching and research.