Elaine Murtagh is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences and a member of the HRI Physical Activity for Health cluster. Her research focusses on exploring ways to improve physical activity opportunities for children and adults. She also examines the effect of physical activity, particularly walking, on health and wellbeing.

Current research projects include the IRC funded project Learning in Motion: embedding gender-responsive, play-based pedagogies in teacher education in Palestine (2020 – 2023). Elaine is currently Co-Chair of the World Health Organisation’s HEPA Europe (European network for the promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) working group on children and young people. She is also an officer on the leadership team for the ISBNPA special interest group on Implementation and Scalability.


Murtagh EM, Mair JL, Aguiar E, Tudor-Locke C, Murphy MH. Outdoor Walking Speeds of Apparently Healthy Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Sports Medicine. 2021;51(1):125-41. DOI: 10.1007/s40279-020-01351-3


Coppinger T, Milton K, Murtagh E, Harrington D, Johansen D, Seghers J, et al. Global Matrix 3.0 physical activity report card for children and youth: a comparison across Europe. Public Health. 2020;187:150-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2020.07.025 


Corr M, McMullen J, Morgan P, Barnes A, Murtagh E. Supporting Our Lifelong Engagement: Mothers and Teens Exercising (SOLE MATES); A Feasibility Trial. Women & Health. 2020;60:6, 618-635, DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2019.1688446


Murtagh  EM, Murphy  MH, Milton  K, Roberts  NW, O'Gorman  CSM, Foster  C. Interventions outside the workplace for reducing sedentary behaviour in adults under 60 years of age. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD012554. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012554.pub2.


Murphy MH, Lahart I, Carlin A, Murtagh EM The effects of continuous compared to accumulated exercise on health: a meta-analytic review. Sports Medicine. 2019; 49: 1585–1607 DOI: 10.1007/s40279-019-01145-2