Dr Paul Kelly

Reader in Physical Activity for Health


Dr Paul Kelly is a Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh. He is based at the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC).

Paul previously worked at the University of Oxford, where he completed a PhD in the validity and reliability of self-reported travel behaviour.


Undergraduate teaching

  • Physical activity, exercise, fitness and health
  • 3rd year projects
  • 4th year dissertations

Postgraduate teaching

  • Physical activity, all-cause mortality and morbidities
  • Physical activity and cardiovascular disease
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Validity and reliability of physical activity assessment

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

  • Pragmatic evaluation in health promotion
  • Physical activity epidemiology
  • Measurement of health behaviours
  • Walking, cycling and active travel benefits

Current research interests

My current research focuses on evaluating initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity, and the health benefits (physical and mental) of these initiatives. I am particularly interested in walking and cycling, and am currently involved in evaluating the new 20mph schemes in Edinburgh and Belfast to see how speeds, collisions and walking and cycling may be impacted. I am also involved in multiple systematic and scoping reviews using data from large cohort studies and RCTs. I have a related research interest in improving the way we assess physical activity behaviour and energy expenditure through more valid and reliable measures.

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