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Distinguished Professor Neville Owen


Neville is Distinguished Professor in Health Sciences and Head of the Behavioural Epidemiology Laboratory, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute. His research deals with preventing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, through understanding and influencing physical activity and sedentary behaviours (too little exercise and too much sitting). This includes studies on behavioural measurement, epidemiological and experimental analyses of the health consequences of inactivity, and identifying new opportunities for disease prevention through the workplace and via environmental and policy initiatives. He is a Thomson-Reuters highly-cited researcher and has published some 500 peer-reviewed papers and co-edited a new book: Sedentary Behavior and Health (Human Kinetics, 2017). His research findings contribute to improving population health and healthy ageing, through informing innovations in transport, urban planning, workplace policy, and health care.

Research interests

Public and Environmental Health

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Public Health - 420600
  • Sports Science And Exercise - 420700
  • Urban And Regional Planning - 330400
  • Epidemiology - 420200
  • Medical Physiology - 320800


Also published as: Owen, Neville; Owen, N.; OWEN, N.; OWEN, NEVILLE; Owen, N. G.; Owen, Neville G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: The Tipping Point project: Activity monitoring as an early warning technology in bipolar disorder *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant

* Chief Investigator

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