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Neil Howlett conducts research in the areas behaviour change and public health, with a particular interest in physical activity. Neil has expertise in behaviour change methodology including: designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions to help individuals, communities, and populations change a range of health behaviours; evidence synthesis such as systematic reviews and meta-analyses; broad knowledge of behaviour change theories; training a range of health professionals in behaviour change and communication skills; input into national guidance and strategy documents; pragmatic evaluations or services and programmes in public health. He has been principal investigator on Department of Health, Lottery, and Local Enterprise Partnership-funded grants with the charity HENRY, evaluating volunteer-delivered parenting programmes and developing a new teenage programme focused on physical activity and eating behaviours. Additionally, Neil co-led the design, implementation, and evaluation of the Sport England-funded Active Herts programme. Neil has been a successful lead or co-applicant on nearly £5 million of grants. A key current project is the NIHR-funded PHIRST grant. PHIRST is a responsive public health evaluation team working with a number of local authorities to evaluate their services. Neil is currently leading two PHIRST evaluations focusing on  community champions and researchers during COVID, and Green Health Partnerships in Scotland. Neil is also a Trustee for the Behavioural Science and Public Health Network charity.

 

 

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