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Prof Niamh Murphy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Sciences at South East Technological University. Niamh has a PhD and Masters from The Queens University Belfast and an undergraduate degree in physical education from the University of Limerick. Niamh has 25 years teaching and research supervision experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in health promotion and exercise and health. She has over 50 peer reviewed publications. Prof Murphy is a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), Health Enhancing Physical Activity Network (HEPA )Europe and International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). She is co-investigator of the Irish Physical Activity Research Collaboration (I-PARC Niamh is an active athletics coach and a former Irish international athlete.



Niamh teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on public health, determinants of health and wellbeing, and physical activity and health. She contributes to capacity building educational initiatives with I-PARC, the World Health Organisation Europe, and other national and international organisations.

Research Interests

Research interests include population physical activity, evaluation of community based health and wellbeing interventions, active travel, and physical activity policy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Faculty of Medicine, Queens University Belfast

Award Date: 01 Oct 1999

Masters Degree, MA(Ed) Exercise and Health Science, Queens University Belfast

Award Date: 01 Oct 1991

Bachelors Degree, Physical Education and Mathematics, University of Limerick

Award Date: 20 Oct 1988


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • physical activity
  • health promotion


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