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Research interests

Oliver Peacock is a lecturer of Human Physiology in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. His interests stem from a background in exercise physiology and he has become increasingly focused on physical activity and health promotion. Dr Peacock has a particular interest in (1) the role of exercise and nutrition for health and performance and (2) the use of novel wearable and digital technologies for assessing and promoting physical activity and encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Current research projects include (1) a NIHR research capability funded project in partnership with the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust exploring the use of wearable technology to improve cardiac rehabilitation (2) a pathway to the GCRF project to explore the use of technology-enabled physical activity for the prevention and management of chronic disease in Sri Lanka and (3) a Worldwide Cancer Research funded project to examine the impact of an exercise programme for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

Following the completion of his PhD in 2010, Dr Peacock undertook six years of post-doctoral training in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. This included a 3-year position as a research and training scientist in collaboration with UK Sport Innovation. Thereafter, he led on the delivery of a 3-year MRC (National Prevention Research Initiative) funded project that examined the impact of novel technology-enabled physical activity feedback for promoting physical activity in primary care (MIPACT).

Dr Peacock has engaged as a consultant to national and international organisations in training science and the performance characteristics and usability of wearable technology and digital applications.

Research interests

  • Physical activity and chronic disease (e.g. cardiovascular disease)
  • Physical activity assessment, measurement and feedback
  • Health and technology (e.g. wearable sensors and digital applications)
  • Physical activity and rehabilitation (e.g. cardiac rehabilitation)
  • Exercise, nutrition and human performance


  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activity
  • Chronic Disease
  • Health Technology
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Human Performance
  • Wearable Sensors
  • Training Science
  • Primary Care
  • Nutrition

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Research Output

Open Access

Assessment of laboratory and daily energy expenditure estimates from consumer multi-sensor physical activity monitors

Chowdhury, E. A., Western, M. J., Nightingale, T. E., Peacock, O. J. & Thompson, D., 24 Feb 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 2, p. 1-15 15 p., e0171720.

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  • 43 Citations (Scopus)
    120 Downloads (Pure)

    Feedback from physical activity monitors is not compatible with current recommendations: a recalibration study

    Thompson, D., Batterham, A. M., Peacock, O., Western, M. & Booso, R., 1 Oct 2016, In : Preventive Medicine. 91, p. 389-394 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    19 Citations (Scopus)
    78 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 14 Citations (Scopus)
    93 Downloads (Pure)

    Multidimensional physical activity: An opportunity not a problem

    Thompson, D., Peacock, O., Western, M. & Batterham, A. M., 1 Apr 2015, In : Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. 43, 2, p. 67-74 8 p.

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    Open Access
  • 42 Citations (Scopus)
    96 Downloads (Pure)