Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson

Associate Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56114


Nick joined the School in January 2008. He completed his under-graduate degree (Human Movement Studies) and PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His first post-doctoral position was at Liverpool Hope University College, UK where he lectured in Exercise Science (1997-2001). Prior to moving to UQ he was a Senior and Principal Lecturer in Exercise Science and Health within the Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University.

Research Interests:

Nick's research has dealt with young people and adults and concerns multi-disciplinary issues in physical activity, exercise and health. He has a specific interest in the measurement of physical activity, as well as intervention strategies that impact behaviour change and physiological/psycho-social health indicators. Recent work has included funded, national and international studies in Europe, Australia and Latin America , with particular emphasis on physical activity in the workplace. Nick is an active member of a number of physical activity networks and associations and is lead researcher for the International Universities Walking Project, a global collaboration of universities aiming to integrate walking into employee work practices. He also regularly presents at international conferences, reviews for international journals and supervises PhD and other post-graduate projects.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity, exercise and health


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Leeds Metropolitan University


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Book Chapter

  • Plotnikoff, R., Healy, G., Morgan, P., Gilson, N. and Kennedy, S. (2014). Action area 2 - Workplaces: Promote physical activity before, during and after work. In Blueprint for an active Australia: Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia, 2014–2017 2nd ed. (pp. 20-25) Melbourne, VIC Australia: National Heart Foundation of Australia.

  • Gilson, Nicholas D. and Tudor-Locke, Catrine (2014). Occupational work and obesity. In George A. Bray and Claude Bouchard (Ed.), Epidemiology, Etiology and Physiopathology 3rd ed. (pp. 377-384) Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b16473-38

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