It is difficult to envisage a future where obesity prevalence decreases in environments that actively promote it
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).
- Campbell M., Marek L., Wiki J., Hobbs M., Sabel CE., McCarthy J. and Kingham S. (2021) National movement patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand: The unexplored role of neighbourhood deprivation. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2020-216108.
- Christensen A., Griffiths C., Hobbs M., Gorse G. and Radley D. (2021) Accuracy of buffers and self-drawn neighbourhoods in representing adolescent GPS measured activity spaces: An exploratory study. Health and Place 69 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2021.102569.
- Daly-Smith A., Hobbs M., Morris JL., Defeyter MA., Resaland GK. and McKenna J. (2021) Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in primary school children: Inactive lessons are dominated by Maths and English. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(3): 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18030990.
- Hobbs M. (2021) Physical activity: wider influences and approaches for promotion.. Perspect Public Health 141(2): 66. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757913920985083.
- Hobbs M., Ahuriri-Driscoll A. and Schluter PJ. (2021) Ethnic differences in mortality and hospital admission in a New Zealand population with type 2 diabetes. The Lancet Global Health 9(2): e102-e103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30445-9.