Associate Professor Scott Duncan

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Associate Director / Associate Professor, Head of Physical Activity, Nutrition and the Outdoors Department

Phone: + 64 9 921 9999 ext. 7678


Teaching Areas:

  • Physical activity and health
  • Risk and play in children
  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Quantitative research design and analysis

Research Summary:

Associate Professor Duncan is the Head of Research of the School of Sport and Recreation and the Associate Director of the Human Potential Centre at AUT University. Areas of expertise include the measurement and classification of physical activity, programme design and evaluation, curriculum-based health and wellbeing interventions for children, and determining the effects of the built environment and daily mobility on health outcomes. He is particularly interested in engaging children in healthy lifestyles through traditional unstructured play and independent mobility. Current research includes several large-scale lifestyle interventions in school, community, workplace, and primary care settings.

Current Research Projects:

  • Healthy Homework: A physical activity and nutrition intervention for children (Health Research Council)
  • Brief Interventions: Developing and testing brief intervention models for promoting healthy lifestyles in primary care and workplace settings (Health Research Council)
  • BEANZ: Assessing the relationship between the built environment and physical activity in adolescents (Health Research Council)
  • PLAY: Modifying school play spaces to promote physical activity and exploratory play (Health Research Council)
  • Independent Mobility Study: Investigating the associations between independent mobiity, physical activity, and health in children
  • HALT: Using social marketing to promote health and wellbeing in secondary school students
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