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Dr Caroline Dodd-Reynolds

Director of Education, Associate Professor

Director of Education, Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Fellow of the Durham Research Methods Centre
Department Representative in the Durham Research Methods Centre
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Caroline joined Durham University in August 2014 having previously been employed by Northumbria University, latterly as Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes within the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. Caroline was awarded her PhD. in 2005 by the University of Exeter’s Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre.

Caroline has many years of experience across experimental design, interventions and evaluation. Current research is underpinned by cross-disciplinary approaches to community-based physical activity and inequalities across two themes:-

1. Community-based physical activity inequalities: we consider the need for universal versus targeted programmes and provide understanding for local partners across design, evaluation and effectiveness of strategies and programmes for underserved communities. An example is our recent project, funded by the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund. In partnership with Durham Research Methods Centre, we analysed Active Lives data for County Durham across four years - and drew out the magnitude of inactivity for those with disabilities, those living with deprivation, women and those with different levels of education, amongst others. 

2. Novel methods underpinning physical activity and inequalities research and policy. Whilst we understand that physical activity inequalities exist, there is little understanding of the full extent of these, nationally or internationally and as a result gaps exist in physical activity policy. We work to apply different (and often non-traditional) methods in the field and have undertaken rapid reviews and largescale national-level multinomial analyses, hand-in-hand with mixed methods work at local-level to elucidate problems, find solutions and provide contextual evidence that can be used by different stakeholders.

Caroline's work has been published in a range of international journals and she has presented work at national and international conferences. She is a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, and the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity. She is a Topic Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and sits on the Editorial Board for Physical Therapy Reviews. Regionally, Caroline sits on the Physical Activity Network and Communications Groups for Fuse (the SPHR funded Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) and has been on the organising committee for numerous regional Fuse workshops.

Caroline is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and has a wealth of internal and external academic quality and standards experience across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is co-Director of Durham Research Methods Centre, where she has responsibility for postgraduate research methods curriculum development. She is also co-Director of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group, an interdisciplinary network within the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Research interests

  • Community-based physical activity and inequalities
  • Novel methods to explore physical activity and inequalities

Esteem Indicators

  • 2000: External Examiner Newcastle University: BSc (Hons) Exercise Biomedicine; BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • 2000: Chief External Examiner University of Gloucestershire: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences
  • 2000: Topic Board Editor: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2000: Editorial Board Member: Physical Therapy Reviews
  • 2000: Working Groups:
    • Fuse’ Physical Activity Working Group


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