Department for Health

Dr Afroditi Stathi

Afroditi Stathi

Impact Director
Reader (Associate Professor)

1 West 4.106
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3027

@AfroditiStathi @TheREACTstudy

Research Funding


I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in September 2007. With scholarships by the Greek State Scholarships Foundation and the A.S. Onassis Public Foundation I completed my postgraduate studies at Loughborough University (MSc) and Bristol University (PhD).

My research interests cover the promotion of active ageing and the development of lifestyle interventions targeting lifelong health and well-being. I led Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives "Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions", conducted by Public Health England. I currently lead the REACT study [REtirement in ACTion], a full-scale pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

My research is firmly based on public engagement and interdisciplinary collaborations with national agencies, national and international academics, policy-makers, primary care trusts, public health departments, service providers, local councils, volunteer organisations and charitable trusts. The long term goal of my research is to produce cost-effective methods for active lifestyle promotion in a range of health and community settings.
I have attracted in excess of £3million in external funding from agencies such as the National Institute for Health Research (Public Health Research Programme), (Research for Patient Benefit programme); MRC (Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative), (National Prevention Initiative), EPSRC, and European Commission (Framework V).

Iam the Impact Director for the Department for Health. Externally, I co-direct the Active People and Health Life Expectancy Health Integration Team, I am a member of the Global Network: Our Voice:Citizen Science for Health Equity, a member of the Scientific Committee of the European College of Sport Science, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Research interests

  • Active Ageing promotion
  • Lifelong Health and Well-being
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Public Engagement and pathways to impact

Key research projects

  • 2015-20: REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study. National Institute for Health Research. Public Health Research Programme (Chief Investigator)
  • 2012-14: Developing a model of volunteering action in promoting active ageing in the community: Project ACE (Active, Connected and Engaged). MRC – Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative. (Chief Investigator)
  • 2012-15: Personalised social marketing of multi-dimensional physical activity profiles in at risk men & women. National Prevention Research Initiative. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2011-13: Older People and Active Living Project. OPAL-PLUS: How have you been? A 3 year follow up to Project OPAL. Dunhill Medical Trust. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2010-12: Waste the Waist. A lifestyle intervention targeting people with high cardiovascular risk. National Institute for Health Research –Research for Patient Benefit. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2009-10: The Avon Network for the Promotion of Active Ageing in the Community. MRC – Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative. (Chief Investigator)


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