From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Craig Donnachie

position: Research Assistant

Contact Details

phone: 0141 353 7566


MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Craig Donnachie graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 with a BA Hons in Psychology/Social Sciences. He then worked for three years as a medical research executive at an independent market research company and in 2009 undertook an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling, graduating in November 2010. Craig joined the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in September 2011 as a PhD research student on the Gender and Health Programme. Craig’s PhD investigated men's experiences of receiving objective feedback on physical activity and other indicators of health risk, within the context of participation in a gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme delivered through Scottish Premier League (now Scottish Professional Football League) football clubs, entitled Football Fans in Training (FFIT). The PhD was supervised by Professors Kate Hunt and Sally Wyke.  

Since October 2014 Craig has worked as a research assistant in SPHSU, principally involved in projects which explore the potential to adapt FFIT for different settings and populations.  This has included a feasibility study of an adaptation of FFIT for overweight/obese women (FFIT for Women), and proposals to adapt FFIT to the professional rugby setting.   He has also undertaken qualitative research on obesity and weight management in men, including in-depth interviews with men with a range of long term weight trajectories following their participation in the FFIT randomised controlled trial, and an extension to the GlasVEGAS study examining how young South Asian and European men’s body image and psychological wellbeing are affected by weight gain and weight loss.

Craig’s main research interests include psychological understandings of motivation and behaviour change (in particular physical activity and weight management), sociological understandings of masculinities and health, objective physical activity measurement, development and evaluation of gender-sensitised weight loss/physical activity interventions.