Dr Matthew Hobbs

Senior LecturerMatt Hobbs

Internal Phone: 90198
It is difficult to envisage a future where obesity prevalence decreases in environments that actively promote it


Research Interests

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

As an early career researcher, his research focuses on the wider determinants of behaviour and health. He has a MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health from Loughborough University and originally trained to be a Physical Education teacher at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Most recently, he has been invited as part of the international advisory panel for Perspectives in Public Health a flagship journal of the Royal Society for Public Health (MRSPH). Matthew became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA & PGCHE), has studied and worked in Australia, at Loughborough University and also works as a health, physical activity and obesity consultant.

Recent Publications

  • Egli V., Hobbs M., Carlson J., Donnellan N., Mackay L., Exeter D., Villanueva K., Zinn C. and Smith M. (2020) Deprivation matters: understanding associations between neighbourhood deprivation, unhealthy food outlets, unhealthy dietary behaviours and child body size using structural equation modelling. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 74(5): 460-466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-213159.
  • Hills SP., Barrett S., Hobbs M., Barwood MJ., Radcliffe JN., Cooke CB. and Russell M. (2020) Modifying the pre-pitch entry practices of professional soccer substitutes may contribute towards improved movement-related performance indicators on match-day: A case study. PLoS ONE 15(5) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232611.
  • Hobbs M. (2020) Author Q&A: Matthew Hobbs. British Dental Journal 228(5): 340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1398-9.
  • Hobbs M. and Radley D. (2020) Obesogenic environments and obesity: A comment on 'Are environmental area characteristics at birth associated with overweight and obesity in school-aged children? Findings from the SLOPE (Studying Lifecourse Obesity PrEdictors) population-based cohort in the south of England'. BMC Medicine 18(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12916-020-01538-5.
  • Hobbs M., Marek L., Clarke R., McCarthy J., Tomintz M., Wade A., Campbell M. and Kingham S. (2020) Investigating the prevalence of non-fluoride toothpaste use in adults and children using nationally representative data from New Zealand: a cross-sectional study. British Dental Journal 228(4): 269-276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1304-5.