Dr Matthew Hobbs

Senior Research Fellow (adjunct)Matt Hobbs

Manawa 405G
Internal Phone: 90198
It is difficult to envisage a future where obesity prevalence decreases in environments that actively promote it


Research Interests

Dr. Matt Hobbs uses geospatial and population health methods to inform local and national public health policy to plan healthy places and reduce health inequities. He conducts research in the areas of: i) physical activity and sport; ii) geospatial and population health; and iii) social and cultural inequity.

His research is consistently published in world-leading journals such as The Lancet and JAMA Paediatrics, and important field-leading journals such as Preventive Medicine and the International Journal of Obesity.

His commitment to high quality research and teaching has been recognized by securing five coveted awards (three awards in 2019/20) with two further nominations. Perhaps most prestigiously, in 2019 he was awarded by the European Association for the Study of Obesity the New Investigator Award in Public Health which recognises “rising stars in the field of obesity through their wider contributions to Public Health and are highly regarded throughout the scientific community”.

He is on the international advisory panel and is incoming deputy editor for Perspectives in Public Health a flagship journal of the Royal Society for Public Health (MRSPH) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA & PGCHE).

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.
  • Gray L., Rushton A. and Hobbs M. (2020) “We only have the one”: Mapping the prevalence of people with high body mass to aid regional emergency management planning in aotearoa New Zealand. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 51 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101859.
  • 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.