Dr Calum Mattocks

Career Development Fellow

Calum is currently based at the Cambridge Institute for Public Health www.iph.cam.ac.uk

Email: cm726@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Institute of Public Health
Forvie Site
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 113 Cambridge Biomedical Campus


  • PhD Physical Activity Epidemiology – University of Bristol, 2008
  • MSc Exercise and Health Science – University of Bristol, 1998
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science – University of Greenwich, 1997

Background and experience
After completing an MSc at Bristol, Calum worked as a data collector on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), based at Bristol. After few years as a Research Assistant, Calum undertook a PhD, “The use of accelerometers to assess physical activity and explore potential early life determinants in a large cohort of children”. This work involved repeat measures of accelerometry in the ALSPAC cohort and also calibration studies of the Actigraph accelerometer.

Current work and interests
While his previous research focussed on physical activity measurement and epidemiology in children and adolescents, Calum’s research now involves examining the relationships between the built environment and physical activity, active travel and health. Specifically, Calum is working with David Ogilvie and Jenna Panter on a scoping and piloting project to identify new neighbourhoods that can act as ‘natural experiments’ to assess potential changes in the relationships between the built environment and active travel, physical activity and health; and to test methods of recruitment and measurement tools among people who move to newly built neighbourhoods.