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

  • 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.
  • Hobbs M. and Atlas J. (2019) Environmental influences on behaviour and health: a call for creativity and radical shifts in thinking within contemporary research. The New Zealand medical journal 132(1505): 97-99.
  • Hobbs M. and McKenna J. (2019) In which population groups are food and physical activity environments related to obesity? Perspectives in Public Health 139(5): 222-223. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757913919865138.
  • Hobbs M., Ahuriri-Driscoll A., Marek L., Campbell M., Tomintz M. and Kingham S. (2019) Reducing health inequity for Māori people in New Zealand. The Lancet 394(10209): 1613-1614. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30044-3.
  • Hobbs M., Green M., Roberts K., Griffiths C. and Mckenna J. (2019) Reconsidering the relationship between fast-food outlets, area-level deprivation, diet quality and body mass index: An exploratory structural equation modelling approach. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 73(9): 861-866. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2018-211798.