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 postdoctoral researcher in the GeoHealth Laboratory (GeoSpatial Research Institute) at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

As an early career researcher, he recently completed his PhD for which he received a scholarship. His thesis explored the association between the physical food and physical activity environment and obesity. He has a MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health from Loughborough University and BA (Hons) Physical Education 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-213159.
  • Hobbs M. (2020) Author Q&A: Matthew Hobbs.. Br Dent J 228(5): 340. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41415-020-1398-9.
  • 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.
  • White A., Hills SP., Hobbs M., Cooke CB., Kilduff LP., Cook C., Roberts C. and Russell M. (2020) The physical demands of professional soccer goalkeepers throughout a week-long competitive microcycle and transiently throughout match-play.. J Sports Sci : 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2020.1736244.
  • Daly-Smith A., Morris JL., Hobbs M. and McKenna J. (2019) Commentary on a recent article on the effects of the 'Daily Mile' on physical activity, fitness and body composition: Addressing key limitations. BMC Medicine 17(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12916-019-1335-4.