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Research Interests

I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast. My research focus is the interconnected themes of ageing, physical activity and the environment (built and social). In particular, determining the best approach to healthy active ageing. 

My current research involves providing a public health insight into the "is 20 plenty for health?" 20mph speed limit evaluations in Belfast and Edinburgh. My work focuses on the impact of the built environment intervention on liveability and the potential mechanisms of behaviour change. In addition, having collected objective physical activity, location data (GPS) and health data on the Healthy Urban Living and Ageing in Place Project I work to investigate the influence that the environment has on the physical activity levels, sedentary behaviour and health and well-being of older adults in the UK and Brazil (collaboration with researchers from Washington University, St Louis and Pontifical Catholic University of Parana).   

My previous postdoctoral work and PhD studies focused on the design and development of physical activity and nutrition interventions, the evaluation of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the evaluation of built environment interventions on physical activity and health.


I have experience of delivering lectures and tutorials to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The areas which I have lectured in includes global health in a social context, health and the environment, public health and planning, human nutrition and behaviour change techniques. I have also given tutorials in leadership, global health, research studies and diagnostic studies. 

I am also involved in the supervision of undergraduate and Masters students and advise on PhD student projects specifically in the areas of physical activity, the environment and ageing.


  • Fredrik and Catherine Eaton Fellowship (International Research Development Office, Queen’s University Belfast) to further my research at the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick.
  • Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Research Excellence, 2016. Early Career Researcher Award – Commended. Spatial scale, time and process in mega-events: the complexity of host community perspectives on neighbourhood change.

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Research Output

Built environment correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults: A comparative review between high and low-middle income countries.

Cleland, C., Reis, R., Hino, A., Hunter, R., Fermino, R., Koller de Paiva, H., Czestschuk, B. & Ellis, G., May 2019, In : Health & Place. 57, p. 277-304 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    Effects of 20mph interventions on a range of public health outcomes: A meta-narrative evidence synthesis

    Cleland, C. L., McComb, K., Kee, F., Jepson, R., Kelly, M., Milton, K., Nightingale, G., Kelly, P., Baker, G., Craig, N., Williams, A. & Hunter, R. F., 04 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Transport and Health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Environmental, health, wellbeing, social and equity effects of urban green space interventions: A meta-narrative evidence synthesis

    Hunter, R., Cleland, C., Cleary, A., Droomers, M., Wheeler, B., Sinnett, D., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. & Braubach, M., 19 Jun 2019, In : Environment International. 130, 20 p., 104923.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    141 Downloads (Pure)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Early Career Researcher Award - commended

    Cleland, Claire (Recipient) & Julie Clarke (Recipient), 10 Sep 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 4 Oral presentation
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 2 Invited talk
    • 1 Participation in conference

    Measuring liveability and active living – the adaptation and implementation of MAPS-Full.

    Claire Cleland (Presenter), , Sara Ferguson (Contributor), , Frank Kee (Contributor), & Ruth Hunter (Contributor)

    27 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Effective networking and collaborating

    Claire Cleland (Invited speaker)

    22 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Active Living Research (ALR) Annual Conference 2018

    Ruth Hunter (Organiser), , Claire Cleland (Speaker), , Sara Ferguson (Speaker), , Rodrigo Reis (Speaker), & Claudia Alberico (Speaker)

    11 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Physical activity and the environment: the impact and subsequent restructuring.

    Claire Cleland (Invited speaker)

    13 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Physical activity interventions in socio-economically disadvantaged communities

    Author: Cleland, C., Jul 2013

    Supervisor: Cupples, M. (Supervisor), Kee, F. (Supervisor), Tully, M. (Supervisor) & Hunter, R. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy