About us

An introduction to the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC).

Photo of peoples feet going upstairs

PAHRC is a research centre within the Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences in Moray House School of Education and Sport. We aim to provide evidence of how to encourage people of all ages to ‘sit less and move more’.

Increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary time are major public health goals. We seek to create an active research environment that will inform teaching (particularly the new MSc in Physical Activity for Health) and knowledge exchange in related areas.


To be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research, knowledge exchange and impact in the field of physical activity for health.  


To support people in Scotland and further afield to be more active for improved health and well-being. 


  1. To conduct high-quality research in physical activity for health
  2. To secure funding to support our research
  3. To publish our research in peer-reviewed journals
  4. To maximise impact through facilitating dissemination, uptake and use of our research findings
  5. To actively participate in the wider physical activity and health community to facilitate knowledge exchange
  6. To mentor and develop the next generation of physical activity researchers, policy makers, advocates and practitioners
  7. To maintain and nurture a positive research culture in line with the PAHRC ethos.

Our 'Walk in the PAHRC' podcast series

'The Pace' discussion: Professor Nanette Mutrie talks to Professor Marie Murphy

Walking for Wellbeing: Professor Nanette Mutrie talks about the health benefits of walking

Watch us on YouTube

PAHRC on YouTube

PAHRC on Twitter

PAHRC on Twitter

 PAHRC annual reports