Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE

Chair in Physical Activity for Health

  • Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences (ISPEHS)
  • Moray House School of Education
  • University of Edinburgh

Contact details



St Leonard's Land (Rm 2.27)

Moray House School of Education
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  • I now work part-time and this is normally Tuesday to Thursday.
    I am almost always in Edinburgh on Wednesdays


Nanette Mutrie has been Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh since July 2012. She directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC) in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences. She is also a visiting Professor at the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow and at the University of Ulster. In January 2015 Nanette was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to physical activity for health in Scotland.

Nanette is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. She has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. With her students and colleagues she has more than 200 peer reviewed publications in this area. The third edition of a text book, first co-authored with Stuart Biddle in 1991, was published by Routledge in Janaury 2015 (Biddle, Mutrie, Gorely ‘Psychology of physical activity: determinants, well-being, and interventions’).

Her inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Encouraging people to sit less and walk more’, was given at the University in December 2013 and can be viewed below. A Beltane Fellowship during 2013 allowed her to work in the Scottish Parliament Building encouraging people there to ‘sit less and walk more’. The final seminar from that Fellowship, held in the parliament building, can be viewed below.

She has also contributed to policy, for example, ‘let’s make Scotland more active’ and the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programmes on physical activity and the environment and the promotion of walking and cycling. She is currently a member of the National Strategic Oversight Group for Physical Activity in Scotland.

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence website

Current collaborative projects include ‘EuroFIT’, ‘RuFIT’,‘Secure FIT, FFIT follow-up (all delivering a successful lifestyle and weight management programme to sports fans in different locations) ‘walkwell’ (walking programmes for people with learning disabilities), ‘actwell’ (lifestyle counselling for women attending breast cancer screening), ‘USP’ (examining sedentary behaviour patterns in older adults), M74 (an investigation of the impact of a new motorway on travel patterns) and eCoacher (web enhanced delivery of exercise referral schemes). She gets her own exercise by commuter cycling, dog walking and playing golf (badly so a lot more walking involved!).

Physical Activity for Health Reserach Centre (PAHRC)

Institure of Sport, PE and Health Sciences

Postgraduate teaching

M.Sc Physical Activity for Health

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

  • Andrew Murray  - Golf for Health

Research summary

Nanette is leading the development of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Physical Activity for Health Research Centre [PAHRC]

If you are interested in physical activity for health please drop me an email - our strategy is developing and we would love to hear from you!

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Research activities

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