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Dr Simon Sebire

Dr Simon Sebire

Dr Simon Sebire
BSc, PhD(Bath)

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity & Public Health

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 6605

Summary

 

Research Summary

Simon Sebire is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity & Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health amongst children, adolescents and adults. Simon is particularly interested in studying human motivation for physical activity and how theories of motivation can be used to guide the development and evaluation of complex interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. Simon's also conducts research into parenting and physical activity.

Principal Investigator - Current

PLAN-A: A Peer-led physical Activity intervention for Adolescent girls (Funded by NIHR-PHR, Project 13/90/60) 

Health Drive: Formative research to develop a lifestyle intervention for taxi drivers (Funded by NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Unit)

Co-Investigator - Current

B-PROACTIV - PaRental influences On physical ACTIVity and screen-viewing in young children (Funded by the British Heart Foundation, PI Russ Jago)

Action 3:30: A cluster randomised feasibility study evaluation of a teaching assistant-led extracurricular physical activity intervention for 8-10 year-olds (Funded by NIHR-PHR, Project 15/55/09, PI Russ Jago)

Co-Applicant - completed

Active-7: Bristol Girls' Dance Project: A cluster randomised controlled trial of an after-school dance programme ti increase physical activity among 11-12 year-old girls (Funded by NIHR-PHR, Project 11/3050/01)

Action 3:30: Promoting children's physical activity via enhanced after-school leadership (Funded by MRC NPRI)

Biography

Simon Sebire is Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity & Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health amongst children, adolescents and adults. Simon is particularly interested in studying human motivation for physical activity and how theories of motivation can be used to guide the development and evaluation of complex interventions aimed at increasing physical activity. Simon's also conducts research into parenting and physical activity.

Simon has a First Class BSc. in Sport and Exercise Science (University of Bath, 2004) and was awarded a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology from the University of Bath in 2009. Simon joined the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition & Health Sciences in 2010 as a post-doctoral researcher, was appointed as Lecturer in 2012 and Senior Lecturer in 2015. Simon was the recipient of Early Career Awards from the European College of Sport Science (2011) and the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine (2014). 

In recognition of the need to conduct research at the intersection between academic rigor and real world impact, Simon has collaborated with a range of academic (Universities of Bath, Birmingham, Ghent, Loughborough, UCL, Stirling and the University of West of England), government (NICE), local authority (Bristol City Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Wiltshire Council & South Gloucestershire Council) and third sector partners (YMCA, Bath Rugby Community Foundation). 

Teaching

Undergraduate and postgraduate 

Simon predominantly teaches on, is personal tutor and Admissions Tutor for the MSc. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health where he is Co-ordinator of the Research Methods unit and contributes to the Determinants of physical activity and eating behavior and Practical Research Methods units. Simon is also the Lead for Taught Postgraduate student recruitment and admissions for the School for Policy Studies. He also teaches on undergraduate and post-graduate courses across the School (e.g., MSc in Public Policy, MSc in Policy Research, SWDTP MRes in Health and Wellbeing & BSc. in Childhood Studies). 

PhD students:

Current students:

  • Maria Hermosillo Gallardo (Associations between urbanicity and physical activity in Mexico)
  • Emma Ranger (Motivation for behaviour change amongst people with Type 2 Diabetes) 

Previous students:

  • Jez Zahra (Thesis title: Contemporary fathers and physical activity interventions)

Expertise

I contribute to research concerning factors that influence the physical activity and health behaviours of children and adolescents and the prevention of paediatric obesity through intervention strategies. My research also focuses on examining the motivational underpinnings of health behaviours, in particular using self-determination theory to understand mechanisms of behaviour change and contextual factors (such as parenting strategies) that affect motivation. My PhD research focussed on the motivational dynamics of adult?s goals for exercise using Self-determination theory as an underpinning psychological framework.

  • physical activity
  • health behaviours
  • children
  • obesity
  • childhood obesity
  • health behaviours
  • motivation
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    School for Policy Studies

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