Physical Activity Research Group

Physical Activity Research Group

In response to growing interest in the field of physical activity epidemiology at UCL, the Physical Activity Research Group (PARG) was established in December 2010 in the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. The key aim of PARG is to act as a platform to promote multi-disciplinary collaborations and enhance the presence of UCL in several strategic areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Physical activity interventions (individual and population-level)
  • Active transportation
  • Healthy ageing and physical activity
  • Built environment influences on physical activity
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Physical activity and physical and mental health
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Climate change and physical activity
  • Development of physical activity habits in early life
  • Active lifestyles and positive wellbeing

PARG acts as a bridge between diverse research groups and disciplines at UCL and beyond to stimulate high quality research. Our vision is that UCL will become a world leader in physical activity-related research.

Membership, activities, and general information about PARG

PARG has a membership beyond the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, with participants drawn from multiple departments across UCL. There are also a limited number of (invited) non-UCL members. PARG hosts monthly lunchtime seminars (term-times only) that are open to the public. For upcoming events please check this page regularly.  


PARG Inaugural Symposium & Networking event 2011

The inaugural PARG symposium and networking event took place on the 28th November 2011 at the Institute for Child Health. For more information and links to the programme and presentation slides please visit the symposium webpage.

PARG Inaugural Symposium & Networking event - 28 November 2011


PARG Research Publications

Details of PARG publications are available here.


Contact Details

For further information on PARG please contact:

Dr Barbara Jefferis or Dr Mark Hamer (PARG Leads) 

PARG, Research Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, UCL - Gower Street Campus, 1 - 19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6HB