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Explore our Research Case Studies

Our research isn’t confined to the journal articles or books we write. Working with people and organisations our research is useable and used.

It makes a difference by addressing inequalities, promoting social justice, and ensuring better health and wellbeing through sport, exercise and physical activity. Here are just five examples of the exciting work we’re conducting:
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Aligning sport policies with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Dr Iain Lindsey used his research on sport-for-development to write Commonwealth policy guidance on Enhancing the Contribution of Sport to the Sustainable Development Goals. The policy guidance led to changes in sport policies internationally and in multiple countries.

Read the policy guidance on Enhancing the Contribution of Sport to the Sustainable Development Goals


Challenging health inequalities in childhood obesity and increasing physical activity through policy and practice

Led by Professor Carolyn Summerbell, our research is a critical pillar of a Europe-wide and a global intervention, rolled out in over 30 countries and making a difference to reduce inequalities in physical activity to prevent childhood obesity.

Read Interventions for preventing obesity in children


Rugby health

Led by Dr Karen Hind, our research programme examines the effects of repeated trauma and injury in rugby codes and identifies strategies whereby players can be better supported both during and after their sport careers.

Read article by Dr Karen Hind

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Physical activity referral: inclusive practice to reduce health inequalities

It is a misconception that exercise referral doesn’t work! Led by Drs Caroline Dodd-Reynolds and Emily Oliver, we’ve worked with patients, commissioners and providers to understand who benefits, who misses out, and why. Designing and testing within-scheme innovations, we’ve shared best practices nationally.

Download PDF: Physical Activity Referral Systems


Disability, physical activity, and health inequalities

Led by Professor Brett Smith, our research resulted in the first UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines for disabled adults. His research is used by national public health agencies, sport organisations and disability organisations to inform their policy, decision making, and strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled people through physical activity.  

Read the Physical Activity Guidelines


Explore our current research projects

Examples of our distinctive research we’re currently leading on include: