Dr Lee Smith

Senior Lecturer and researcher with expertise in physical activity, epidemiology and sedentary behaviour reduction.

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport and Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

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Twitter: @ActiveBuildings


Lee is an epidemiologist with expertise in physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Lee researches ways in which we can increase levels of physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour across the lifespan and within special populations. Lee has led on research grants and published extensively in this area.

Research interests

  • Physical activity promotion
  • Sedentary behaviour reduction
  • The relationship between physical activity and health 
  • The relationship between sedentary behaviour and health 
  • The role of physical activity in cancer survivorship

Areas of research supervision

  • The relationship between the physical environment and physical activity 
  • Using mobile phone apps to promote physical activity in cancer survivors 
  • Sedentary behaviour reduction techniques 
  • Physical activity intervention development


  • PhD Epidemiology, University of Cambridge
  • MSc Physical Activity and Health, Loughborough University
  • BSc Applied Sport Science, Loughborough University

Selected recent publications

Smith, L., McCourt, O., Heinrich, M., Paton, B., Yong, K., Wardle, J., Fisher, A. (2015). Multiple Myeloma and physical activity: A scoping review. BMJ Open. 5. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009576

Smith, L., Gardner, B., Aggio, D., & Hamer, M. (2015). Association between participation in outdoor play and sport at 10 years old with physical activity in adulthood. Preventive Medicine, 74, 31-35. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.02.004

Smith, L., Hamer, M., Ucci, M., Marmot, A., Gardner, B., Sawyer, A., & Fisher, A. (2015). Weekday and weekend patterns of objectively measured sitting, standing, and stepping in a sample of office-based workers: The active buildings study. BMC Public Health, 15 (1). doi:10.1186/s12889-014-1338-1014-1338-1 (Highly accessed status)

Smith, L., Fisher, A., & Hamer, M. (2015). Prospective association between objective measures of childhood motor coordination and sedentary behaviour in adolescence and adulthood. International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12 (75). doi:10.1186/s12966-015-0236-y (Highly accessed status)

Smith, L., Gardner, B., Fisher, A., & Hamer, M. (2015). Patterns and correlates of physical activity behaviour over 10 years in older adults: prospective analyses from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. BMJ open, 5 (4). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007423

Smith, L., Fisher, A., & Hamer, M. (2015). Television viewing time and risk of incident obesity and central obesity: the English longitudinal study of ageing. BMC obesity, 2, 12.

Smith, L., Gardner, B., & Hamer, M. (2014). Childhood correlates of adult TV viewing time: a 32-year follow-up of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:10.1136/jech-2014-204365

Smith, L., & Hamer, M. (2014). Television viewing time and risk of incident diabetes mellitus: the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Diabetic Medicine. doi:10.1111/dme.12544

Smith, L., Kipps, C., Aggio, D., & Hamer, M. (2014). Camden active spaces: Does the construction of active school playgrounds influence children's physical activity levels? A longitudinal quasi-experiment protocol. BMJ Open. doi:10.11136/bmjopen-2014-005729

Smith, L., & Hamer, M. (2014). The association between objectively measured sitting and standing with body composition: a pilot study using MRI. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005476

Media experience

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