Justin Richards

Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa & Victoria University Wellington Te Herenga Waka

Justin currently holds a dual appointment as Academic Lead at Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa and Associate Professor in Physical Activity & Wellbeing at Victoria University Wellington Te Herenga Waka. His expertise is in the evaluation and surveillance of physical activity and associated wellbeing outcomes. He has been recognised for his cross-cultural research and his work with various population groups experiencing inequities globally.

Justin is passionate about practical research translation as is evidenced by his previous track record working across physical activity research (University of Oxford, University of Sydney), policy (NSW Ministry of Health, WHO, UNESCO) and practice (clinical physiotherapy, tertiary teaching). He was the founding editor of the Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD), which is an international academic journal dedicated to improving cross-disciplinary access to evidence. Justin is also co-director of Pragmatic Evaluation in Physical Activity and Health (PEPAH), a charity focussed on improving the evidence-base for effective implementation of ‘real world’ physical activity initiatives globally.