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Sedentarism and behaviour change: behaviour change interventions to address sedentarism in different communities

UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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Behaviour change interventions to address sedentarism in different communities

Facilitators: Prof. Ann Blandford (UCL) and the 'GetAMoveOn' investigator team


The workshop will include talks and working group activities focusing on the role of behaviour change and other theories that support reasoning about the social and community contexts within which behaviour takes place. The focus is on reducing sedentarism across communities (e.g., schools, work places, care homes) where it is possible to introduce digitally enabled interventions to shape individual and group practices.

Participants will learn about various theoretical and empirical approaches to behaviour change as applied to the challenge of reducing sedentarism within communities.


  • KEYNOTE: Professor Shailey Minocha, Open University, Centre for Research in Computing: "Role of activity monitors in adopting an active and healthy lifestyle".
  • Dr Stanley Blue, Lancaster University: "Theories of practice and public health: from the obesogenic environment to healthy everyday life".
  • Dr Jacqueline Mair, Napier University, Sports, Exercise and Health Science Research Group: "Using technology to reduce sedentary behaviour in the workplace".
  • Dr Max Western, Southampton University: "Developing online resources to support reduction of sedentary behaviour in older people in the community".

You can see speakers’ biographies here:

You can read abstracts of their presentations here:

Workshop content

Working groups (5-6 people per group) will work in parallel on particular communities (schools, workplaces, post-retirement communities, and some that are not community-specific); sessions through the day will focus on different stages of change:

  • Pre-contemplation / contemplation / preparation: what makes people consider changing lifestyle?
  • Action: theories and techniques to help people transition in to action
  • Maintenance: theories and techniques to support maintenance of behaviour (habits, engagement…)

The working groups will address the following questions: what theories and techniques have been shown to be effective, or show promise? What are future possibilities at 3 years, 10 years, 25 years?

Workshop outputs

The proposed output is a report and roadmap that summarises current knowledge, research challenges and future opportunities for reducing sedentary behaviour across communities and populations.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop will be of particular interest to researchers and practitioners interested in:

  • Behaviour change applied to tackling the challenge of sedentarism
  • Increasing physical activity in children, adults in the workplace, and older adults
  • Applications of eHealth & mHealth to get people moving more

Early-career as well as established researchers and practitioners are encouraged to attend.

Benefits of attending

  • Expand and deepen your knowledge of the latest theoretical and empirical approaches to behaviour change interventions and related approaches to address sedentarism
  • An opportunity to shape the GetAMoveOn research agenda & find out about future funding opportunities
  • Make new contacts with a view to collaborating on future proposals for funding from the GAMO Network+
  • Open mic session to tell people about your own research, publicise an event, or announce a publication, call, or anything else of interest to workshop delegates

This workshop will be run in collaboration with the GetAMoveOn Network+ , funded by the EPSRC.

Please note: This workshop is a pre-conference event for the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change's 4th Annual Conference - 'Behaviour Change for Health: Digital & Beyond'. Tickets for the conference must be booked separately via the conference website


  •  Are there any prerequisites for attending this workshop?

The only prerequisite for attending is an interest in behaviour change 

  • How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email with any queries, with the title: Pre-conference Workshops 2018

  • What's the refund policy?

Due to the high demand for our workshops, and the need to order catering facilities in advance, we cannot offer a refund facility for the pre-conference workshops.

  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a list of registered participants and will sign you in on the day.

  • Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Neither your fee or your ticket are transferable to another event. However, depending on capacity, we can try to accommodate those who have bought a ticket for one workshop and wish to transfer to another. This is strictly on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Provided you have notified the organisers with 2 days advance notice of the name change, and provided the correct name for our records, then we can accommodate. Name changes after this time cannot be guaranteed to be made in time, and may result in people being refused entry due to UCL's security policies and procedures. Please note that we will not be involved with transferring any funds (if involved) between parties.

Do you have questions about Sedentarism and behaviour change: behaviour change interventions to address sedentarism in different communities? Contact UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

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Mary Ward House Conference Centre
5-7 Tavistock Place
WC1H 9SN London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

The Centre for Behaviour Change is a unique initiative, harnessing the breadth and depth of academic expertise in behaviour change at UCL to address key challenges facing society. Behaviour change is increasingly recognised as central to human well-being, social cohesion and sustainability. Changing behaviour is a challenging and complex process, requiring theories, methods and evidence from many academic disciplines.


To develop expertise and bring that to the widest possible audience, across the public, commercial and charity sectors, we: 

  • Host cross-disciplinary events addressing topical social and methodological issues
  • Provide evidence based consultancy
  • Deliver effective training and teaching
  • Build communities to facilitate the engagement of policy-makers, practitioners and researchers with expertise at UCL
  • Engage in cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research



The Centre is directed by Susan Michie. We are supported by a cross-disciplinary Executive Committee and an Advisory Board that covers key areas of engagement within and external to UCL. We aim to become a leading and world-renowned centre for expertise in behaviour change.

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