Afroditi Stathi is Associate Professor in Active Ageing Promotion at the University of Birmingham. She has obtained academic degrees from University of Thrace, Greece (BSc), Loughborough University, UK (MSc) and University of Bristol, UK (PhD). Her research focuses on two inter-related themes; exploring the nature of the relationship between active ageing and well-being, and understanding the social, psychological, and environmental determinants of physical activity to inform the design of effective and cost-effective lifestyle interventions.

Afroditi has led a series of research projects targeting promotion of active ageing funded by the UK Medical Research Council. These include the AVON Network for the Promotion of Active Ageing in the Community and Project ACE [Active, Connected and Engaged Communities], a two-year intervention piloting a model of volunteering action in promoting active ageing. Project ACE was one of only two UK initiatives to be classified as a promising practice in the national review of 952 initiatives “Identifying what works for local physical activity interventions”, published by Public Health England.

In 2015, Afroditi launched Project REACT [REtirement in ACTion] which tests the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a comprehensive physical activity and socio-educational programme aiming at reducing mobility-related disability in older people. REACT is the largest randomised controlled trial in UK targeting people with early signs of frailty. It incorporates a 24-month follow up and is funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

Afroditi is an expert in Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange. In 2017, she received the University of Bath Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement with Research. Currently, Afroditi serves on the Older Adults Expert Working Group for the update of the UK Chief Medical Officer Physical Activity Guidelines first published in 2011. Outside academia, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Goldies Charitable Trust, an organisation supporting the health and well-being of older people who are lonely or isolated.

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Dr Afroditi Stathi, PhD
Reader in Active Ageing Promotion
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT, Birmingham
Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8389
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