Dr Graham Baker

Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health


Graham is a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health, based within the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC).

Undergraduate teaching

BSc Applied Sports Science: 

Postgraduate teaching

 MSc Physical Acticity for Health

  • Contribute to teaching in the areas of behavioural change theory, health promotion and the measurement of physical activity
  • Dissertation supervisor

 Acts as dissertation supervisor for physical activity related projects

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome proposals and contact from potential Phd students in any area related to physical activity.

I would also welcome to opportunities to act as an external examiner for PhD examinations. 

Current PhD students supervised

Divya Sivaramakrishan http://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/divya-sivaramakrishnan Evaluating the health benefits of incorporating yoga into the physical activity plan of older adults

Graham Condie https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/graham-condie-student Experiencing and living with Cerebral Palsy or a similar neurological condition and finding meaning in recreation and disability sport

Eva Coral Almeida https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/eva-coral-almeida-student  Sitting breaks and their effects on musculoskeletal spinal tissues in sedentary adults

Chloë Williamson https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/chloe-williamson-student Developing effective physical activity messages to enhance physical activity behaviour and mental health in University Students

Research summary

Graham's work is framed by the behavioural epidemiology model and the socio-ecological framework and as such is involved in diverse projects ranging from qualitative studies investigating the determinants of physical activity in different popultations , epidemiology studies using Census data to explore variations in levels of active commuting and evaluations of large-scale environmental interventions. His primary research interest is around developing and evaluating interventions to increase physical activity.

 He has a specific focus on inequalities and ethnicity but is also interested in physical activity in relation to student populations and also active travel . 

Current project grants

Co-investigator: Is 20 Plenty For Health? Evaluation Of The 20mph Speed Limit Networks In Edinburgh And Belfast On Road Casualties And Other Health Outcomes. Funded by NIHR PHR (2017-2020)

Past project grants

Graham was Principal Investigator on an MRC PHIND funded project which looked at developing a culturally adapted walking intervention in South Asian adults in Scotland. Results forthcoming.

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