Dr Graham Baker

Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health

  • Physical Activity for Health Research Centre
  • Institute for Sport, PE and Health Sciences
  • Moray House School of Education and Sport

Contact details



Moray House School of Education and Sport, St Leonard's Land room 2.27

University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
Post code


Graham is the Co-Deputy Director of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) where he is a Lecturer and Director of the MSc in Physical Activity for Health. 

Undergraduate teaching

BSc Applied Sports Science: 

Postgraduate teaching

 MSc Physical Activity for Health

  • Course Organiser for Physical Activity for Health
  • Contribute to teaching in the areas of behavioural change theory, the built environment and the measurement of physical activity
  • 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 main research interests are around Active Travel and Inequalities. His 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 populations , epidemiology studies to explore variations in levels of active commuting and evaluations of large-scale environmental interventions.


Current project grants

Principal Investigator: How does walking for leisure or exercise influence walking short local journeys? Funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places open fund, £55,801
Principal Investigator: Mapping programmes which promote active travel to people with long-term health conditions in Scotland. Funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places open fund, £26,000
Co-investigator: Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Team (PHIRST) Elevate. Funded by NIHR PHR, £2,442,027

Past 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), £880,884
Co-investigator: Stand Up For Health: A Feasibility Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) Of A Theory Based Intervention To Reduce Sedentary Behaviour In Contact Centres. Funded by NIHR PHR (2017-2020), £343,388
Co-investigator. How can we increase the number of people cycling regularly? Funded by HSBC/British Cycling (2017-2019), £200,00
Principal Investigator: Development of a culturally adapted walking intervention for South Asian adults in Scotland. Funded by MRC PHIND (2015-2017), £185,516

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