Emeritus Professor Adrian Bauman

Professor of Public Health, Sydney School of Public Health, Australia

  • K25 - Medical Foundation Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
  • www.sydney.edu.au


Emeritus Professor Bauman AO is Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health and Director of the Prevention Research Collaboration at the University of Sydney. He has academic expertise in many aspects of the primary prevention of chronic disease, with an emphasis on physical activity and obesity prevention epidemiology, population-level interventions and policy research. He has a strong interest in research translation and in the evaluation of complex preventive health programs.

Professor Bauman co-directs the WHO Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity, and has assisted in the development of national physical activity and NCD prevention policy, plans and surveillance systems in many countries.

He is a world-leading public health researcher who has for over 30 years, studied chronic disease prevention and the development and assessment of prevention research methods.

Professor Bauman has worked extensively in the fields of physical activity, obesity, smoking and cardiovascular disease prevention as well as other areas relating to health promotion and prevention science. He is a leading authority on research relating to the health consequences of physical activity, and an expert in the consequences of prolonged sitting, including as a risk factor for CV disease and diabetes.

He is a committed advocate for physical activity and health and for research translation into practice to achieve population-wide impact and health equity. Professor Bauman has made many major contributions to prevention science. He was instrumental in identifying the health benefits of moderate physical activity and reduced sitting time. His research also has demonstrated the need for cross-sectoral involvement from areas outside of health in physical activity promotion programs, including diverse sectors such as sports, transport and urban planning to achieve better outcomes. He has developed research methods for evaluating large community-wide public health campaigns, and has contributed to evaluating many public health social marketing and mass media campaigns.

Professor Bauman also builds innovative research-policy linkages and conducts policy-relevant research. His international physical activity surveillance work is being used globally as part of WHO non-communicable disease surveillance.

Professor Bauman holds numerous honorary appointments and visiting Professorships (in four countries). He was listed on the Thompson_Reuter (Clarivate) list of the 1% most cited researchers in any discipline in 2015, 2016 ,2017 and 2018. He is Foundation Fellow of the Australiasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Education & Experience



Professor of Public Health
Sydney University
since 2004


  • K25 - Medical Foundation Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia