Dr Alison Kirk

Senior Lecturer

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

Alison is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity for Health at Strathclyde University and a core member of the Physical Activity for Health group.  She completed a BSc in Physiology and Sports Science at the University of Glasow (1998) before undertaking a PhD through the same university (completed 2003).  She was a Lecturer at Dundee University (2003-2008) before moving to Strathclyde University in 2009.


Has expertise in:

    Has expertise in:

    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in preventions and management of Non Communicable Disease (NCD)
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in individuals with diabetes


Motivations for physical activity in youth with type 1 diabetes participating in the ActivPals project : a qualitative study
Wilkie Louise , Mitchell Fiona, Robertson Kenneth, Kirk Alison
Practical Diabetes Vol 34, pp. 151-155, (2017)
Quantitative and qualitative analysis of an individualized consultation to change sedentary behavior in the workplace
Kirk Alison, Gibson Ann-Marie, Hughes Adrienne, Muggeridge David
American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, (2017)
Effectiveness of a physical activity pilot intervention in youth with type 1 diabetes : the ActivPals study
Mitchell F, Kirk A, Robertson K, Reilly JJ
Diabetic Medicine Vol 34, pp. 117-118, (2017)
Exploring children's perceptions of their local environment in relation to time spent outside
Hayball Felicity , McCrorie Paul , Kirk Alison, Gibson Ann Marie, Ellaway Anne
Children and Society, (2017)
A systematic and integrated review of mobile-based technology to promote active lifestyles in people with type 2 diabetes
McMillan Kathryn Anne, Kirk Alison, Hewitt Allan, MacRury Sandra
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology Vol 11, pp. 299-307, (2017)
The feasibility of a physical activity intervention for adults within routine diabetes care : a process evaluation
Matthews Lynsay, Kirk Alison, McCallum Mary, Mutrie Nanette, Gold Ann, Keen Andrew
Practical Diabetes Vol 34, pp. 7-12a, (2017)

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Core teaching member - BSc Sport and Physical Activity degree programme

  • Module leader for several classes (Foundations of Physical activity for health; Culture and Context; Physical Activity with Specialist Populations).
  • Honours Year dissertation supervisor.
  • Second year co-ordinator

Several invited external duties

  • Invited external examiner for PhD thesis; University of Birmingham (2007); University of Bristol (2009); University of Victoria, Australia (2001); University of Ulster (2011); University of Newcastle (2014); University of Stirling (2014).
  • Invited external examiner for the BSc Sport, Physical Activity and Health degree programme at the University of Leeds Metropolitan (2012-2016).

Research interests

Research expertise in physical acitivity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change, with emphasis towards prevention and management of chronic disease.  Focus towards diabetes research, but with past and current funded research in breast and colon cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease.  She is a successful researcher evident from: an extensive publication profile; list of presentations at National and International conferences; strong grant income history and evidence of past and current leadership of small research teams and supervision of successful postgraduate research students. Alison has a drive towards implementation of research findings and knowledge exchange within community and clinical practice and has worked with a number of community and clinical groups on related projects and guidelines.

Professional activities

Oman Diabetes Association
Keynote/plenary speaker
Scottish Consultant Diabetologist Forum
Invited speaker
Highland Diabetes Symposium
Invited speaker
Scottish Diabetes in Pregnancy Group
Invited speaker
Presentation within University of Strathclyde Coffee House lecture series
Scottish Study Group for the Care of Young Diabetics
Invited speaker

more professional activities


Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Mitchell, Fiona (Fellow) Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Aug-2016
Researching the impact and sustainability of the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund (Spirit of 2012)
Rogerson, Robert (Principal Investigator) Burns, Henry (Co-investigator) Dunlop, Mark (Co-investigator) Kirk, Alison (Co-investigator) Lennon, Marilyn (Co-investigator) Rowe, David (Co-investigator)
Period 29-Oct-2015 - 31-May-2017
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2015 - 31-Aug-2016
Methods of physical activity promotion for people with Type 2 diabetes
Kirk, Alison (Academic)
Funded by Diabetes UK
Period 01-Jul-2005 - 31-Dec-2008
STAND study: Strathclyde integrating Technology for Activity and Nutrition promotion in Diabetes prevention .
Kirk, Alison (Academic)
Period 01-Aug-2012 - 31-May-2014
Epidemiology and Psychosocial Factors of Diabetes in West African and African-origin Populations in the UK.
Kirk, Alison (Academic)
Period 01-Oct-2006 - 31-Aug-2009

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Physical Activity for Health
Graham Hills Building

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