Emma Ranger, PhD Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health


I gained a bachelors in Psychology and Health Science, and a PGCert in Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology, at the University of West England before joining the School for Policy Studies to complete the MSc Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health.

Research topic

Motivation to increase physical activity: qualitative explorations of adopting active travel methods

My PhD considers qualitative aspects of people’s motivations to increase their physical activity levels, in the context of wider determinants, with the aim of refining future interventions.

I am currently researching the impact of an intervention with adults with type 2 diabetes who were given the use of an electric bike and additional support. This was also the basis of my MSc Dissertation in 2016.

I use predominantly qualitative research methods to gain a deeper understanding of people’s experience of making changes in their daily lives. Currently I am conducting theory driven thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews from different stages of the electric bike intervention.


Professor Angie Page, Dr Simon Sebire and Dr Clare England

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