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Nanette Mutrie is Chair of Physical Activity for Health at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and she directs the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre there. She is also a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster and at MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow


Nanette is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has extensive experience of conducting interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. She is also an Honorary Fellow of BASES and of HEPA Europe.


She has 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 [www.nice.org.uk]. Nanette was awarded an MBE in the UK New Year’s Honours list 2015 for services to physical activity for health. She gets her own exercise by commuter cycling, dog walking and playing pickle ball [fast growing new sport].



Email: Nanette.mutrie@ed.ac.uk

Tweet @nanettemutrie

Webpage: www.ed.ac.uk/education/pahrc

Current Research Interests

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

If you are interested in physical activity for health please drop me an email to nanette.mutrie@ed.ac.uk

our strategy is developing and we would love to hear from you!

Collaborative Activity

In the following video Nanette talks about a new centre which is being established at Edinburgh University to foster research related to physical activity for health, focusing on developing and evaluating interventions to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary time.



Nanette has contributed to the new M.Sc. Physical Activity for Health from 2013. She is supervising undergraduate student's dissertations and one PhD student [Andrew Murray] on the topic of golf and health. Nanette is encouraging the teaching of physical activity for health in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula.

Education/Academic qualification

Exercise Science, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Exercise in the treatment of depression, Pennsylvania State University


Award Date: 6 Jun 1986

External positions

Member National Strategic Group for Sport and Physical Activity, Scottish government

2012 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Ulster

2010 → …

Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow

Oct 2004 → …


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • physical activity
  • health research


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