In England, there are 15 million people with a disability or limiting long-term health condition. These people are more likely than non-disabled people to be inactive, putting them at increased risk of developing a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as missing out on other important social and mental health benefits. Data on physical activity and health among disabled people is limited relative to the evidence for the general population, in part due to poor and varied measurement of disability in physical activity research and surveillance. In addition, disabled people are often excluded from intervention studies on physical activity, as those delivering the interventions lack knowledge, confidence and/or skills in adapting the activity to meet varying abilities. Thus, little is known about ‘what works’ to participation in physical activity among disabled people. The PhD offered by the University of East Anglia aims to advance understanding of the actions needed to address inequalities in physical activity among disabled people, to ensure more equitable population health outcomes.

Person specification

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in physical activity, public health, or other relevant discipline. A post-doctoral qualification (e.g Masters) would be advantageous.  To discuss this opportunity, contact Dr Karen Milton at

The PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships.  These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK (Home) fees, an annual stipend of £18,622 and £1,000 per annum for research training (RTSG). International applicants may apply but are required to secure additional funding to fund the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees (visit: for details of Home and Overseas fee rates).

Primary Supervisor: Karen Milton

Start Date: October 2024

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