My Research Vision
My research is inspired to understand the ways in which physical activity and exercise affect health in children. In my research I aim to provide understanding of low levels of physical activity in deprived, ethnic and obese populations. Specifically, it is my vision to use this knowledge to find innovative ways to address low adherence to physical activity in order to improve health.
Emma Eyre is an early career researcher whose interests are in the field of physical activity, exercise, obesity and children. Having achieved her BSc in Sports Studies from Newman University in 2008, Emma worked as a research associate for the University of Warwick on a British Heart Foundation grant (100k) examining fitness, physical activity and cardiovascular risk factors in white and South Asian children. Alongside this, Emma obtained a scholarship from Warwick to complete an MSc by research in medical sciences. This research obtained a 1st place prize for Warwick’s graduate school competition. Emma was also awarded a PhD scholarship from Coventry University in 2011. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD from Coventry University for her work examining environmental influences on physical activity in children using mixed methods. This work focused specifically on examining and then addressing environmental barriers to physical activity in deprived South Asian children, using an integrated curriculum design. Whilst at Coventry University, Emma has delivered various other projects relating to fundamental movement skills, body image, green exercise and cognition with physical activity in children. Currently, she works with schools in the community on topics such as physical activity and motor skill interventions in primary school children.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Duncan, M.J., Birch, S.L., and Cox, V. [in press] ‘An integrated curriculum approach to increasing habitual physical activity in primary school children, UK: A focus on South Asian children from deprived backgrounds’. European Journal of Sport Science.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Duncan, M.J., Birch, S.L., and Fisher, J.P. (2014) ‘The influence of age and weight status on cardiac autonomic control in healthy children: a systematic review’. Autonomic Neuroscience 186, 8-21.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Duncan, M.J., Birch, S.L., Blackett, M., and Cox, V. (2015) ‘Physical activity patterns of ethnic children from low socio-economic environments within the UK’. Journal of Sport Science 33(3), 232-242.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Duncan, M.J., Birch, S.L., and Cox, V.M. (2014) ‘Low socio-economic environmental determinants of children’s physical activity in Coventry, UK: a qualitative study in parents’. Preventive Medicine Reports 1, 32-42.
- Duncan, M.J., Eyre, E.L.J., Bryant, E., Clarke, N., Birch, S., Staples, V., and Sheffield, D. (2015) ‘The impact of a school-based gardening intervention on intentions and behaviour related fruit and vegetable consumption in children’. Journal of Health Psychology 20 (6), 765-773.
- Duncan, M.J., Eyre, E.L.J., Bryant, E., and Birch, S.L. (2013) ‘Cross validation of pedometer-determined cut points for healthy weight in British children from white and South Asian backgrounds’. Annals of Human Biology, 41 (5), 389-394.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Duncan, M.J., Birch, S.L., and Cox, V. (2013) ‘Environmental and school influences on physical activity in South Asian children from low socio-economic backgrounds: A qualitative study’. Journal of Child Health Care.
- Eyre, E.L.J., Fisher, J.P., Smith, E.C., Wagenmakers, A.J., and Matyka, K.A. (2013) ‘Ethnicity and Long-term heart rate variability in children’. Archives of Diseases in Childhood 98 (4), 292-298.
- Eyre, E.L.J., and Duncan, M.J. (2013) ‘The impact of ethnicity on objectively measured physical activity in children’. ISRN obesity 2013 (Article ID 75743).
- Eyre, E.L.J, Duncan, M.J., Smith, E.C., and Matyka KA. (2013) ‘Objectively measure patterns of physical activity in primary school children in Coventry: the influence of ethnicity’. Diabetic Medicine 30 (8), 939-945.