Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Physical Activity Research Group


In response to growing interest in the field of physical activity epidemiology at UCL, PARG was established in December 2010 in the Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and is now led by Dr Barbara Jefferis at the Department of Primary Care and Population 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)
  • Development of physical activity habits in early life
  • Healthy ageing and physical activity
  • Built environment influences on physical activity
  • Active transportation
  • Sedentary behaviour
  • Physical activity and physical and mental health
  • Measurement of physical activity
  • Exercise Medicine
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Climate change and physical activity
  • 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. Its vision is that UCL will become a world leader in physical activity-related research.

PARG also hosts seminars (term-times only) which are open to UCL. 

Details of publications: PARG publications

For further information, or to join the group and our mailing list to be kept up to date about our events and publications please contact: Barbara Jefferis

Follow PARG on twitter @PARG3