Dr Charlotte Edwardson

Associate Professor of Physical Activity Sedentary Behaviour and Health

School/Department: Health Sciences, Department of

Telephone: +44 (0)7734 324 905



Charlotte completed a BSc in Applied Sports Science (2004) and MSc (2005) and PhD (part time, 2010) in Physical Activity and Health, from Loughborough University. Alongside her PhD she worked as a Research Associate (2005-2010) for the Institute of Youth Sport, Loughborough University where she specialised in the evaluation of physical activity initiatives in young people. Following this she moved into the area of diabetes prevention and worked as a Research Associate, University Hospitals of Leicester (2010-2013), on several randomised controlled trials focused on increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in people with a high risk of type 2 diabetes.

In 2013 she was appointed Lecturer, and in 2016 Associate Professor, in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health in the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester. Her research focuses on understanding the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. This encompasses experimental, epidemiological and behaviour change intervention studies. She has published >125 research articles and been awarded ~£9 million from prestigious funding bodies.


Charlotte's research areas include:
• The patterning and profiling of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in different populations
• The relationship between characteristics of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and health
• Interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour
• Objectively measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour and data processing methods (activPAL, ActiGraph, GENEActiv, Axivity)



Selected 10 publications

Edwardson CL, Maylor B, Dawkins N, Plekhanova T, Rowlands AV. Comparability of postural and physical activity metrics from different accelerometer brands worn on the thigh: Data harmonization possibilities. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 2021. DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2021.1944154

Khunti K, Griffin S, Brennan A, Dallosso H, Davies MJ, Eborall HC, Edwardson CL, Gray LJ, Hardeman W, Heathcote L, Henson J, Pollard D, Sharp SJ, Sutton S, Troughton J, Yates T. Promoting physical activity in a multi-ethnic population at high risk of diabetes: the 48-month PROPELS randomised controlled trial. BMC Medicine. 2021.19(1):130

Biddle SJH, Henson J, Yates Y, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Edwardson CL. Total and prolonged sitting time: associations with anxiety, depression, and health-related quality of life in adults. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2021. 287:107-114.

Ulf Ekelund, Jakob Tarp, Morten W Fagerland, Jostein Steene-Johannessen, Bjorge H Hansen, Barbara J. Jefferis, Peter Whincup, Keith M Diaz, Steven P Hooker, Virginia J Howard, Ariel Chernofsky, Martin G Larson, Nicole L Spartano, Vasan S Ramachandran, Ing-Mari Dohrn, Maria Hagstromer, Charlotte L Edwardson, Thomas Yates, Eric J Shiroma, Paddy C Dempsey, Katrien Wijndaele, Sigmund A Anderssen, I-Min Lee. Joint associations of accelerometer measured physical activity and sedentary time with all-cause mortality: A harmonized meta-analysis in more than 44,000 middle-aged and older individuals. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020. 54(24):1499-1506.

Rowlands AV, Davies MJ, Dempsey PC, Edwardson CL, Razieh C, Yates T. Wrist-worn accelerometers: what is the minimum clinically important difference (MCID) in daily average acceleration for inactive adults? British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020. 55:814-815.

Clemes SA, Bingham DD, Pearson N, Chen Y, Edwardson CL, McEachan RRC, Tolfrey K, Cale L, Richardson G, Fray M, Altunkaya J, Bandelow S, Bhupendra Jaicim N, Salmon J, Dunstan DW, Barber SE. Stand Out in Class: Restructuring the classroom environment to reduce sitting time - findings from a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. IJBNPA. 2020. 17(1):55.

Edwardson CL, Henson J, Biddle SJH, Davies MJ, Khunti K, Maylor B, Yates Y. activPAL and ActiGraph assessed sedentary behaviour and cardiometabolic health markers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2020. 52: 391-397.

Ekelund U, Tarp J, Steene-Johannessen J, Hansen BH, Jefferis B, Whincup P, Diaz K, Hooker S, Chernofsky A, Larson MG, Murabito J, Spartano N, Dohrn IM, Hagstromer M, Edwardson CL, Yates T, Anderssen SA, Lee IM. Dose-response associations between accelerometry measured physical activity and sedentary time with all-cause mortality: a harmonized meta-analysis. BMJ. 2019. 366:l4570.

Edwardson CL, Biddle S, Clarke-Cornwell A, Clemes S, Davies M, Dunstan D, Eborall H, Granat M, Gray L, Healy G, Richardson G, Yates T, Munir F. A three arm cluster randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the SMArT Work & Life intervention for reducing daily sitting time in office workers: study protocol. BMC Public Health. 2018. 18(1):1120.

Edwardson CL, Yates T, Biddle SJH, Davies MJ, Dunstan DW, Esliger DW, Gray LJ, Jackson B, O'Connell S, Waheed G, Munir F. The effectiveness of the Stand More AT (SMArT) Work intervention: A cluster randomised control trial. BMJ. 2018. 363:k387.0.

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Charlotte currently teaches on the Diabetes MSc

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