Afroditi Stathi is Associate Professor in Physical Activity, Ageing and Health at the University of Bath. 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 active ageing funded by the Medical Research Council (Lifelong Health and Well-being Initiative). 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.
Afroditi has recently launched Project REACT [REtirement in ACTion] which will assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a physical activity intervention in reducing mobility-related disability in older people. REACT is a pragmatic multi-centre randomised controlled trial with a 24-month follow up funded by the National Institute of Health Research – Public Health Research Programme.Afroditi is an expert in Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange. She co-directs the Active People and Health Life Expectancy Health Integration Team and serves as a Trustee for the Goldies Charitable Trust which targets the health and well-being of lonely and isolated older adults