Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson

Associate Professor

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56845


Nick joined the School in January 2008. He completed his under-graduate degree (Human Movement Studies) and PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His first post-doctoral position was at Liverpool Hope University College, UK where he lectured in Exercise Science (1997-2001). Prior to moving to UQ he was a Senior and Principal Lecturer in Exercise Science and Health within the Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University.

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Nick is an internationally recognised expert in measuring, understanding and influencing occupational physical activity, sedentary behavior, health and productivity. Recent funded work has included leading multi-disciplinary teams in developing and testing innovative health solutions for office workers, truck drivers and veterans. Nick regularly presents to international conferences and academic groups, provides consultancy services to industry, and supervises PhD and other post-graduate projects.

Research Interests

  • Physical activity, exercise and health


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University


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Book Chapter

  • Plotnikoff, R., Healy, G., Morgan, P., Gilson, N. and Kennedy, S. (2014). Action area 2 - Workplaces: Promote physical activity before, during and after work. Blueprint for an active Australia: Government and community actions to increase population levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in Australia, 2014–2017. (pp. 20-25) Melbourne, VIC Australia: National Heart Foundation of Australia.

  • Gilson, Nicholas D. and Tudor-Locke, Catrine (2014). Occupational work and obesity. Epidemiology, Etiology and Physiopathology. (pp. 377-384) edited by George A. Bray and Claude Bouchard. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b16473-38

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Conference Publication

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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