Kate is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey, UK.
Her current research centres on understanding children and young people’s wellbeing in diverse urban environments. She is currently working on the CYCLES (Children and Youth in Cities, Lifestyles Evaluation and Sustainability) project, which explores young people's lives in seven diverse cities across the globe. Cities include Christchurch, Dhaka, New Delhi, Lambeth, Makhanda, Sao Paulo, and Yokohama. The study is coordinated by Assc Prof Bronwyn Hayward of the University of Canterbury and Dr Kate Prendergast, for the University of Surrey's ESRC funded CUSP: Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and involves partners from seven cities.
Kate's previous research work spans wellbeing, the built environment, active travel, physical activity, and nutrition. She was also one of the lead researchers on the Sovereign Wellbeing Index; a longitudinal study investigating the wellbeing of 10,000 New Zealanders.
For her doctoral research, Kate integrated positive psychology and public health to explore an approach for promoting health and wellbeing beyond the absence of disease. Her research included quantitative studies, focus groups, and an intervention study.
- Duncan S., Stewart T., McPhee J., Borotkanics R., Prendergast K., Zinn C., Meredith-Jones K., Taylor R., McLachlan C. and Schofield G. (2019) Efficacy of a compulsory homework programme for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in children: A cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 16(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12966-019-0840-3.
- Mackay L., Egli V., Booker LJ. and Prendergast K. (2019) New Zealand’s engagement with the Five Ways to Wellbeing: evidence from a large cross-sectional survey. Kotuitui 14(2): 230-244. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1177083X.2019.1603165.
- Zinn C., McPhee J., Harris N., Williden M., Prendergast K. and Schofield G. (2017) A 12-week low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet improves metabolic health outcomes over a control diet in a randomised controlled trial with overweight defence force personnel. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism 42(11): 1158-1164. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2017-0260.
- Duncan S., White K., Mavoa S., Stewart T., Hinckson E. and Schofield G. (2016) Active Transport, Physical Activity, and Distance Between Home and School in Children and Adolescents.. J Phys Act Health 13(4): 447-453. http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2015-0054.
- Oliver M., McPhee J., Carroll P., Ikeda E., Mavoa S., MacKay L., Kearns RA., Kyttä M., Asiasiga L. and Garrett N. (2016) Neighbourhoods for Active Kids: Study protocol for a cross-sectional examination of neighbourhood features and children's physical activity, active travel, independent mobility and body size. BMJ Open 6(8) http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013377.