Are school outdoor spaces active places?

Project supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Nicola Ridgers

Only one in four children currently meet physical activity guidelines. As children spend a significant proportion of their daily waking hours in school, schools are an important setting for the promotion of physical activity. However, little is known about what features in school outdoor spaces facilitate or restrict children’s activity, and how and why children use these spaces. Such information has the potential to inform the design and development of school outdoor spaces in the future.

Aim of the project

The aim of this PhD project is to determine how the outdoor school physical environment influences children’s physical activity.


Applicants will have an undergraduate degree with Honours (First class) in a relevant discipline, such as Exercise and Sport Science, Health Sciences or Public Health. Interested students must meet Deakin University’s PhD eligibility requirements. Please refer to the entry pathways to higher degrees by research for further information. We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding.

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