Professor Nanette Mutrie MBE
Chair in Physical Activity for Health / Director of PAHRC
Moray House School of Education and Sport, SL 2.27
- University of Edinburgh (Holyrood Campus)
- Post code
- EH8 8AQ
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.
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!).
Pscyhology of Physical Activity Psychology
Exercise for Rehabilitation
M.Sc Physical Activity for Health
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
topics related to physical activity for health
Current PhD students supervised
- Andrew Murray - Golf for Health
- Chloe Williamson - PA messaging
Nanette is leading the development of the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh. Please click on PAHRC website below to see our current projects
If you are interested in physical activity for health please drop me an email - our colllaborations are developing and we would love to hear from you!
Current research interestsphysical activity for health; encouraging people to sit less and move more; prevention and treatment of diseases through increasing physical activity
Projects are best viewed on PAHRC website
Current project grants
Grants are best viewed on PAHRC website
Maximising and evaluating the uptake, use and impact of golf and health studies
Moderators of Exercise Effects on Cancer-related Fatigue
The development of the Comprehensive Analysis of Policy on Physical Activity (CAPPA) framework
Effects and moderators of exercise on muscle strength, muscle function and aerobic fitness in patients with cancer
Better Movers and Thinkers (BMT)
How are we measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the four home nations of the UK? A narrative review of current surveillance measures and future directions
Prehabilitation is feasible in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and may minimize physical deterioration
The effects of yoga compared to active and inactive controls on physical function and health related quality of life in older adults
The effect of a programme to improve men’s sedentary time and physical activity