Speaker biographies

Behaviour change to address sedentarism 20 Feb 2018

Dr Stanley Blue, Lancaster University

Stanley Blue is a Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University. His research explores the temporal organisation of social life and how that matters for contemporary and future ways of living and consuming. He is interested in how changing patterns of consumption matter for issues related to public health and sustainability. His work develops a unique theoretical approach to understanding social and institutional change, combining theories of practice with rhythmanalysis to examine how different kinds of institutional organisation (broadly interpreted) make and shape patterns of consumption.

Most recently he conducted a project on Institutional Rhythms which examined how the temporal organisation of working practices in hospitals shape patterns of demand for energy and travel. From this work, he has written on ways that practices connect and change as part of hospital life, with Nicola Spurling (The Nexus of Practices 2016), and on how complexes of practices make and sustain institutional rhythms (Time and Society 2017).

His writing with Elizabeth Shove, Chris Carmona, and Mike Kelly has applied such practice theoretical approaches to issues in public health (Critical Public Health 2016).

Dr Jacqueline Mair, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Jacqueline Mair completed her PhD in Exercise Physiology at University College Dublin in 2013 before joining Ulster University as a Lecturer in Exercise & Health. There, she was an early career researcher with the Centre for Physical Activity & Health Research (CPAHR) and a member of the Sport and Exercise Research Institute. In August 2017, Jacqueline joined the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Exercise Physiology.
Jacqueline has a record of research in the health benefits of exercise training, physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the general population and the impact technology can have on delivering, managing and reviewing exercise prescription. Previous collaborations include Intel® and the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Research group on the Wellness and Exercise strand of a European funded project, which showed a technology-delivered workplace exercise intervention (3 minute exercise ‘snacks’) can improve physical fitness and mobility in middle-aged office workers in just 4 weeks. She has progressed her interest in workplace health and technology to examining the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour on health status across the lifespan, and how mobile and pervasive technologies can be used to monitor and promote healthy behaviour.

Professor Shailey Minocha, The Open University

The focus of Shailey’s research is understanding users' interactions with technology and investigating the factors that affect usability, user experience and user adoption of technology-enabled systems. In the digital health research programme (http://www.shaileyminocha.info/digital-health-wearables/), Shailey is investigating the role of wearable activity-monitoring technologies (such as those from Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung) in socialisation and in improving the wellbeing of people aged over 55 years, of carers, and of people being cared for.

Dr Max Western, University of Southampton

Dr Max J Western is a research fellow at University of Southampton working on the development and application of eHealth interventions for supporting healthier lifestyles and reducing the burden of chronic disease. He completed his PhD in 2016 at the University of Bath in which he explored the effectiveness of a web-based platform that provided personalised multidimensional physical activity feedback as a tool for reducing sedentary time and increasing physical activity in patients at risk of type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He also has a keen interest in understanding how individuals interact with new and emerging technologies, understanding the psycho-social processes involved in motivation and behaviour change, the assessment and application of objective physical activity data and healthy ageing.