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 several coveted research and teaching awards. 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 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

  • Hobbs M., Ahuriri-Driscoll A., Kingham S., Wiki J., Marek L., Dionisio MR., Curl A., Schluter P., Banwell K. and Mackenbach JD. (2022) A city profile of Ōtautahi Christchurch. Cities 121 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103481.
  • Hobbs M., Milfont TL., Marek L., Yogeeswaran K. and Sibley CG. (2022) The environment an adult resides within is associated with their health behaviours, and their mental and physical health outcomes: a nationwide geospatial study. Social Science and Medicine 301 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114801.
  • Pointon L., Howe AS., Hobbs M., Paynter J., Gauld N., Turner N. and Willing E. (2022) Evidence of suboptimal maternal vaccination coverage in pregnant New Zealand women and increasing inequity over time: A nationwide retrospective cohort study. Vaccine 40(14): 2150-2160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2022.02.079.
  • Turnbull SM., Hobbs M., Gray L., Harvey EP., Scarrold WML. and O'Neale DRJ. (2022) Investigating the transmission risk of infectious disease outbreaks through the Aotearoa Co-incidence Network (ACN): a population-based study. The Lancet Regional Health - Western Pacific 20 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lanwpc.2021.100351.
  • Campbell J., Hobbs M., O'Hara L., Ballantyne A., Heywood A. and Gray L. (2021) Equity in vaccine trials for higher weight people? Protocol for a rapid review of inclusion and exclusion criteria for higher weight people in clinical trials for COVID-19. BMJ Open 11(5) http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050114.