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Professor Stuart H. Biddle 

After a first degree in Physical Education and Social Studies at Loughborough University, Professor Stuart Biddle studied the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been lecturing in higher education since 1979, during which time he gained a PhD in Psychology. He was Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough from 2001-2007.

His main interests are in behavioural aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health. Stuart has a broad approach to his research and includes work on the behavioural epidemiology of sedentary behaviours and physical activity, such as the investigation of the measurement, prevalence, correlates and behaviour change elements of sedentary behaviour. He is a widely sought after speaker at academic and professional meetings.

n 1991 he was co-author, with Professor Nanette Mutrie, of the first textbook on exercise psychology (Psychology of Physical Activity and Exercise: A health-related perspective. London: Springer-Verlag). A new version titled 'The Psychology of Physical Activity' (London: Routledge) was then published in 2001, and a 2nd edition came out in 2008. A 3rd edition is in preparation. In addition, he is co-editor of the book, with Dr Alan Smith (Purdue University, USA), 'Youth physical activity and inactivity: Challenges and solutions' (Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2008).

Stuart was the inaugural Editor-In-Chief of the journal 'Psychology of Sport & Exercise'. He is a Past-President of the European Federation for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (FEPSAC), and the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA).

Stuart has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished International Scholar Award from the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology in the USA in 1998, among other awards. In 2007, he was awarded Honorary Membership of FEPSAC (citation: “Awarded for life to Professor Stuart J H Biddle for a significant contribution to the attainment of the goals and the advancement of FEPSAC and for rendering outstanding service to sport and exercise psychology in Europe”). In 2012, Stuart was the EW Barker Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.