Who are we?

The Stand More at Work (SMART Work) team are world-leading researchers in the field of occupational health and sedentary behaviour. Meet the team below:

Dr Fehmidah Munir

Dr Fehmidah Munir

Dr Fehmidah Munir is a Reader in Health Psychology in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University and is a Chartered Health Psychologist. Fehmidah specialises in the promotion of health and management of ill-health and well-being in occupational and community settings.

"I have 20 years of experience working with small and large businesses, organisations, healthcare and charities to create better healthy working lives for everyone: from innovative ways to support return-to-work to lifestyle interventions in the workplace. These include physical activity, healthy eating behaviours, team working and leadership. My work is underpinned by good science, behaviour change theories and a strong work ethic. I have published around 120 research articles, reports and book chapters on work, health and wellbeing; and presented at national and international academic and professional conferences."

Dr Charlotte Edwardson

Dr Charlotte Edwardson

Dr Charlotte Edwardson is an Associate Professor in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the Diabetes Research Centre at the University of Leicester. Charlotte specialises in understanding patterns of physical activity and sedentary behaviour and their relationship to health.

"I have over 10 years of experience in conducting lifestyle research in schools, workplaces, the NHS and the community. I have published over 90 research articles, reports and book chapters on physical activity, sitting and health; presented at national and international academic and professional conferences; and been awarded research grants (totalling >£8 million) from the Medical Research Council, National Institute for Health Research, Department of Health and the European Commission."

Dr Sophie O'Connell

Dr Sophie O'Connell

Dr Sophie O'Connell is a Research Associate in Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour and Health at the Leicester Diabetes Centre. Sophie specialises in the development and implementation of Public Health Initiatives.

"I have over 10 years research experience designing large scale health interventions in primary care, workplaces, schools and other community settings. I am extremely passionate about implementing evidence-based research into real world services and helping to improve the health and well-being of our communities."