Professor Wendy Brown


School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56446


Professor Brown's research interests focus on physical activity and the prevention and management of chronic illness at a population level. To date, much of her research has been in the areas of obesity and the health and well being of Australian women.

Professor Wendy Brown joined the UQ School of Human Movement Studies in 2000 as the first professor in physical activity and health. Her educational qualifications are in human biology and physiology, exercise physiology, and health and physical education. She has had a diverse career path, working in both secondary and tertiary education, as well as public and private health promotion. Prior to her move to Queensland, she was the Director of the Research Institute for Gender and Health at the University of Newcastle, where she was a founding investigator and manager of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health. This project has been tracking the health of over 40,000 women for ten years. She was also a Chief Investigator on the "10,000 Steps Rockhampton" project which aimed to increase the physical activity levels of a community of approximately 60,000 people. In addition to her teaching and research commitments, she devotes considerable time to professional and policy development through her work with government departments, the National Heart Foundation, and Sports Medicine Australia. In the last five years, she has contributed to research grants with a value of more than $26,000,000, published more than 120 articles in national and international journals, and written numerous research reports.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity
    Physical activity and its role in the prevention and management of chronic illness at a population level
  • Women's health
  • Obesity


  • PhD (Exercise Physiology), University of Newcastle
  • Master of Science (Human Biology), Loughborough University
  • Graduate Diploma of Physical Education, Loughborough University
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Biol Science, University of Birmingham


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Book Chapter

  • Vandelanotte, Corneel, Van Itallie, Anetta, Brown, Wendy, Mummery, W. Kerry and Duncan, Mitch J. (2020). Every step counts: understanding the success of implementing the 10,000 Steps Project. Information technology based methods for health behaviours. (pp. 15-30) Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press. doi: 10.3233/SHTI200003

  • Brown, Wendy J. (2017). Occupational sedentary behavior in adults. Sedentary behavior and health: concepts, assessments, and interventions. (pp. 237-246) edited by Weimo Zhu and Neville Owen. Champagne, IL, United States: Human Kinetics.

  • Gomersall, Sjaan R. and Brown, Wendy J. (2017). Physical activity and physical inactivity in the aetiology of obesity. Advanced nutrition and dietetics in obesity. (pp. 126-131) Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley and Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781118857991

  • Brown, W. J. and van Uffelen, J. G. Z. (2014). Action area 10 - Older people: support healthy and active ageing. Blueprint for an active Australia. (pp. 66-70) Melbourne, Australia: National Heart Foundation of Australia.

  • Brown, Wendy J. (2010). Global prevalence of adult physical inactivity. Physical activity and obesity. (pp. 40-43) edited by Claude Bouchard and Peter T. Katzmarzyk. Leeds: Human Kinetics.

  • Henderson, Karla A. and Brown, Wendy J. (2010). Women, health, and leisure: A lot like music-making. Leisure, Health, and Wellness: Making the Connections. (pp. 305-312) edited by Laura Payne, Barbara Ainsworth and Geoffrey Godbey. State College, PA, U.S.A.: Venture Publishing.

  • Brown, Wendy J. and Bauman, Adrian E. (2009). Comparison of estimates of population levels of physical activity using two measures. Using the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health as a Research and Teaching Resource. Survey Research. (pp. xx-xx) edited by Priscilla Robinson. North Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Public Health Association of Australia.

  • Brown, Wendy, Bauman, Adrian, Chey, Tien, Trost, Stewart and Mummery, Kerry (2009). Comparison of surveys used to measure physical activity. Using the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health as a Research and Teaching Resource. Survey Research. (pp. xx-xx) edited by Priscilla Robinson. North Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Public Health Association of Australia.

  • Brown, W. J. and Lee, C. (2004). Grandmothers on the move: Benefits, barriers and best practice interventions for physical activity in older women. Optimizing Exercise and Physical Activity in Older People. (pp. 26-37) edited by M.E. Morris and A.M.M. Schoo. Edinburgh: Butterworth Heinemman. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-7506-5479-1.50005-4

  • Schofield, Grant, Mummery, Kerry, Brown, Wendy, Eakin, Elizabeth, Trost, Stewart and Abernethy, Peter (2004). Using the internet in a physical activity health promotion campaign: The 10,000 Steps Rockhampton Project. Using Community Informatics to Transform Regions. (pp. 238-251) edited by Stewart Marshall, Wal Taylor and Xinghuo Yu. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing. doi: 10.4018/978-1-59140-132-2.ch016

  • Brown, P., Brown, W. J. and Miller, Y. D. (2002). Madres Activas: La actividad fisica de las madres con hijos pequenos: barreras, estrategias y politicas de salud publica. Mujeres y Ocio 19: Nuevas Redes de Espacios y Tiempos. (pp. 171-187) edited by M. L. Setien and A. L. Marugan. Bilbao: Universidad de Duesto.

  • Brown, W. J., Mishra, G., Kenardy, J. A. and Dobson, A. J. (2001). Too fat, too thin, just right: What is a healthy weight for young women?. Women's Health Australia Progress on the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1995-2000. (pp. 114-119) edited by C. Lee. Brisbane, Australia: Australian Academic Press.

  • Lee, Christina and Brown, Wendy J (1997). Changing exercise and diet. Medical consultation skills : Behavioural and interpersonal dimensions of health care. (pp. 153-189) edited by Mathew R. Sanders, Charles A. Mitchel and Gerard Byrne. Melbourne: Addison-Wesley.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision