Department for Health

Professor Martyn Standage

Professor of Psychology, Health, and Applied Science

Professor BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

1 West 4.116
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3087

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PhD Opportunities
  • I am interested in supervising PhD students who want to research motivation-related research questions in the contexts of health and exercise. I will consider applications from students who can self-fund or have a scholarship for the duration of their proposed PhD.
  • I am also interested in applications from potential students who are interested and deem themselves competitive for the University's postgraduate research funding streams.
  • Any funded PhD opportunities will also be advertised here.


Martyn Standage is Professor of Psychology, Health, and Applied Science in the Department for Health. He is also the Director of the University's Centre for Motivation and Health Behaviour Change. Martyn received his PhD from the University of Birmingham and joined the University of Bath in 2002.

He has authored over 150 journal papers and book chapters and his research programme at Bath has been supported by grants totalling over £5 million from funders such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The British Academy, and The Leverhulme Trust.

The major focus of Prof Standage's work is to (1) map the motivational determinants of adaptive and maintained engagement in health, exercise, sport, and education settings; and (2) utilise this information to inform the design, development and evaluation of interventions targeted at enhancing effective functioning, health, performance, and wellbeing. Professor Standage recently extended his work to also entail a broader interdisciplinary perspective to physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and objective health outcomes (including, integrating motivational perspectives within models that specify multiple levels of influence). In this regard, he led the UK contribution to the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle, and the Environment, which encompasses data from 12 countries across five major regions of the world to investigate the influence of behavioural settings and physical, social and policy environments on obesity.

Martyn currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology and served as an Associate Editor for Motivation and Emotion (2010-2017). He also sits on the Editorial Board of Stress and Health. Professor Standage is also a member of the Peer-Review College of the ESRC and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Standage also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer for Active Healthy Kids England which produces a national 'report card' for the 'state of the nation' in regard to children's physical activity.

Research interests

  • motivation in health, exercise, education, and sport settings
  • psychology underpinning changes in health behaviours and wellbeing
  • interdisciplinary approaches to health outcomes, behaviours, and wellbeing
  • development, refinement, and testing of health and wellbeing interventions


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