Young adults are an often overlooked population with regards to health monitoring and intervention. However, research suggests that emerging adulthood is a critical window during which lifestyle habits are formed and continue into older adulthood. During the transition through University, young adults are vulnerable to changes in physical activity behaviour, which can lead to weight gain, obesity, cardiometabolic risk and poor psychological wellbeing.
This project will investigate factors affecting current physical activity levels of young adults studying at Higher Education Institutions continuing work from our currently established CINSYA and CONTINUUM cohorts. Using existing data as a rationale, targeted physical activity interventions will be designed and effects on changes to behaviour and physiological and psychological health will be explored.
The findings of this research will make an original contribution to the body of knowledge on factors affecting young adult physical activity behaviour and may impact guidance and regulations for health promotion at Higher Education Institutions.
The Faculty of Science at Liverpool Hope University has an outstanding commitment to research and has a rich postgraduate research environment. The environment is enhanced by recent investments in the new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment within the School of Health Sciences. Training and support will be provided to successful applicants.
The successful applicant should have an MSc or equivalent in Physical Activity/ Exercise and Health or Sport and Exercise Science or a related science discipline. They will demonstrate a strong interest in the topic and show good communication and writing skills. They will have the ability to think analytically and creatively.
Previous experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment is highly desirable but not necessary.
This position is self-funded and is open to EU, UK and international students. For more information, please email Dr Becky Dagger ([email protected]) or Dr Matt Jackson ([email protected])