Dr Emmanuel Stamatakis
PhD, MSc, BSc
Associate Professor of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity
C43C - C Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
Emmanuel is an Associate Professor of Exercise, Health and Physical Activity Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Charles Perkins Centre. He studied Exercise and Sport Sciences at Arisotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and between 1997 and 2002 he completed an MSc on Exercise and Health and a PhD on Physical Activity and Childhood Obesity at University of Bristol (UK).
He joined University College London in 2002 where he worked on large-scale nationwide epidemiological physical activity surveillance studies until 2006. In 2007-09 he was involved in the development of the UK physical activity and sedentary behaviour public health recommendations and has advised numerous large population studies and organisations (including the English Department of Health, Sport England, the UK Office for National Statistics) on physical activity measurement development, design, implementation and data analysis and interpretation.
In 2007 and 2010 he was awarded two consecutive research Career Development Fellowships by the National Institute for Health Research (UK). In 2010 he founded UCL- PARG (University College London Physical Activity Research Group) which he led until early 2014. Between January and December 2013 he was also a part-time Associate Professor at the Prevention Research Collaboration of the University of Sydney.
In addition to publishing regularly in the top physical activity, exercise medicine, and preventive medicine journals, he has published numerous articles in prestigious general medical, cardiology, epidemiology, and multi-disciplinary journals including the British Medical Journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Archives of Internal Medicine/JAMA Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, American Journal of Epidemiology, International Journal of Epidemiology, and Pediatrics.
In 2009 he was awarded the Ralph S. Paffenbarger Jr. Award (Finland), in 2012 the Endocrine Society’s International Award for Publishing Excellence (USA), and in 2012 the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Prize (Scotland).
Several areas that are thematically relevant to the broader (physical and mental) health impact of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and the factors that determine these behaviours. Specific research interests include the cardiometabolic consequences of inactivity and sitting, the direct and substitution effects of time-dependent behaviours (e.g. sleep, sitting, physical activity), interactions of physical activity with other health behaviours (e.g. alcohol intake and sleep) in terms of cardiometabolic health; interventions in the office-based workplace to reduce sitting; the cardiometabolic and musculoskeletal aspects of alternating sitting and standing at work; the socio-economic determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour; the health-promoting effects of yoga; and measurement of physical activity and secondary behaviour.
Teaching and supervision
Associate Professor Stamatakis is currently teaching Physical Activity Epidemiology and exercise-related aspects of Growth, Development and Ageing. He is a research supervisor of several PhD students on international projects relating to physical activity, sedentary behaviour and obesity in adolescents in Kuwait, novel physical activity interventions in school settings, and the influence of physical activity on mental health in older adults.
Current PhD project opportunities include:
- Understanding the physiological responses to prolonged sitting and the role of exercise as a moderator of these responses
- The interplay between sleeping, sitting, and physical activity on cardiometabolic health and premature mortality risk
- Interactions between exercise/physical activity and alcohol intake in terms of cardiovascular risk markers
- The health benefits of alternating sitting and standing in the office-based environment
- The interplay between sleeping, sedentary behaviour, physical activity/exercise behaviours
- Pet ownership as a physical activity and cardiometabolic health intervention
- The effects of Yoga on cardiometabolic health and psychological wellbeing
Associate Professor Stamatakis’ research, wherever possible and appropriate, encourages the use of multidisciplinary approaches and, in particular, the combination of epidemiological and controlled designs to address a given research question. Current projects include:
- The role of physical activity and exercise for mitigation of the health risks associated with excessive sitting
- The direct and replacement effects of sleeping, sitting, and physical activity on cardiometabolic health and premature mortality risk
- The role of physical activity and exercise as moderators of the physiological responses to alcohol intake
- The health benefits of alternating sitting and standing in the office-based environment
- How sedentary behaviour, physical activity and exercise influence and are being influenced by sleeping behaviours
- The potential of pet ownership for improving physical activity patterns, cardiometabolic risk markers, and psychosocial wellbeing
- Yoga practice in relation to cardiometabolic health and psychological wellbeing
- International Society of Physical Activity and Public Health
- International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity
Awards and honours
- The 2012 Endocrine Society’s International Award for Publishing Excellence
- The 2012 Royal College of Psychiatrists (Scotland) Research Prize
- The 2009 Ralph S. Paffenbarger Jr. Award (20th International Puijo Symposium, Kuopio, Finland).
- 2007: National Institute for Health Research Post-doctoral Award.
- 2005: The Provosts’ Award for Scientific Enterprise (University College London, UK).
Exercise, Health and Performance
PhD and master's project opportunities
- The health-promoting potential of replacing sitting with standing time in the office-based occupational environment: cardio-metabolic, biomechanical, and behavioural effects
- Improving the measurement of sedentary behaviour and sitting: evaluation of inclinometers, accelerometers and questionnaires for use in research
- Effects of dog ownership on human cardiovascular, metabolic and psychosocial health
- Does physical activity and exercise modify the cardiovascular , metabolic, and hepatic effects of alcohol intake on the human body?
- Does moderate and vigorous physical activity and exercise modify the acute and short-term cardiometabolic effects of prolonged sitting?
- A Physical Activity-promoting and Sedentary Behaviour-reducing trial to reduce progression of Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Healthy lifestyle trail to reduce progression of mild cognitive impairment: a pilot study of the Mediterranean Diet and Physical Activity; Flood V, Stamatakis E; St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation/Multidisciplinary Grants.
- Workplace Physical Activity Collaboration: Faculty of Health Sciences Collaborative Grants 2014; Stamatakis E, Mackey M, Bauman A, Shirley D, Refshauge K, Pappas E, Edwards K, Kay J, Chau J, Nicholas M, Chow C; University of Sydney/Internal Scheme.
- Development and evaluation of a Virtual Field Trip in school childrenL effects on physical activity levels and learning outcomes; Shelton N, Stamatakis E, Duke-Williams O; Crucible Centre, London/Research Grant.
- Kuwaiti study on adolescent obesity and phyiscal health; Stamatakis E, Hashem R, McMunn A; Kuwait Ministry of Health/Research Grant.
- Sedentary behaviour as an independent risk factor for cardiometabolic disease: associations with hard and surrogate outcomes across the lifecourse; Stamatakis E; National Institute for Health research (NIHR)/Career Development Fellowship.
- Physical activity, academic performance and education: a life course from childhood to early adulthood; Stamatakis E; Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture/Research Support.
- Assessing the appropriateness of existing surveillance systems to monitor the age-specific physical activity recommendation; Stamatakis E.
- Feasibility of using accelerometers to quantify heat-related variations in manual worker’s productivity: the pilot Crete Hothaps Study; Stamatakis E; Umea University/Research Support.
- Applying small area-level age standardisation to the 2006 Active People Survey sport participation prevalence estimates; Stamatakis E; Sport England/Research Support.
- Physical Activity Behaviours and Cardiovascular Disease Risk among South Asian Communities living in England; Stamatakis E; National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA)/National Prevention research Initiative Phase 2.
- Physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness as predictors of future health risks: a) assocaitions of physical activity characteristics with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity, and b) evaluation of a novel fitness measure in identifying individuals; Stamatakis E; National Institute for Health research (NIHR)/Personal Awards Scheme.
Design for Sport (Gower Publishing Company, 2011)