Career Development Fellow
Physical Activity and Public Health
Left the Unit in 2016
Work and interests
Rick Prins was a Career Development Fellow within the Physical Activity and Public Health group led by David Ogilvie, who left the Unit in January 2016. He is interested in understanding the effects of environmental and policy interventions on physical activity.
Background and experience
Rick studied Human Movement Sciences (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and Health Sciences (Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands). He carried out research on individual and environmental influences on physical activity among adolescents and obtained his PhD from the Department of Public health, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During the final stages of his PhD project, he successfully applied for a grant to evaluate the impact of minimal physical and social environmental changing on walking behaviour among older adults living in deprived neighbourhoods. He continued to work at the Department of Public Health of the Erasmus University Medical Center on this project, before joining the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).