Alfonso Jimenez

Professor, Exercise Science & Health

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    Personal profile


    Professor Jimenez is a truly international scholar. Previously to join Coventry, Professor Jimenez served as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health, Exercise and Sports Science at European University of Madrid (Spain), and main academic leader of the Real Madrid Graduate School; Professor, Deputy Dean and Head of School of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne (Australia); Professor and Head of the Centre for Sport Science & Human Performance at the University of Greenwich in London; and Chairman of the Standards Council at EuropeActive (the former European Health & Fitness Association in Brussels, Belgium). Professor Jimenez received an Honorary Membership from EuropeActive for his service as Chairman of the Standards Council from 2009 to 2012, a Professorial Merit Award for outstanding contribution at Greenwich in 2011, and was the first non-British to achieve Fellowship status at the Leadership Foundation of Higher Education. 

    Vision Statement

    My focus is a long-standing and uncompromising vision to get more people, more active, more often. I am fully committed to improving people’s health through promoting an active lifestyle, integrating physical activity, exercise and sports participation. During my career I have tried to achieve this by facilitating big impact partnerships, championing innovation, providing high quality evidences, campaigning, and supporting research from others and sharing insights. I am especially interestedin Active Living (from an energy balance revolution to the integration of active living in worksite health promotion, primary and secondary education, the impact of the environment i.e. healthy cities–, or the power and opportunities coming from technology innovation and development); in Clinical Exercise (from customized exercise counselling, dose-response prescription and monitoring to cost-effectiveness and economic impact of the interventions, policy makers commitment and funding support); and inBehavioral change (from addressing exercise program engagement, barriers for practice and social and emotional support, to integrating e-technology and new resources).

    Research Interests

    My research interests focus in the areas of health and fitness, clinical exercise, active living and worksite health promotion, having led and managed as PI 29 competitive research and consultancy projects with a total funding allocation exceeding £1,5 million. As a result of this extensive research, professional and consultancy background, I have offered more than 200 seminars, conferences and lectures in 26 different countries. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Physical Activity & Health Promotion, Arizona State University

    1 Jan 200730 Dec 2007

    Award Date: 14 Dec 2007

    Exercise Physiology, Doctorate, University of León

    1 Oct 199714 Feb 2003

    Award Date: 14 Oct 2003

    External positions

    Formal member of the “Active Leisure Alliance Task Group” as expert from Academia, Active Leisure Alliance

    1 Oct 2016 → …

    Co-Director of the Healthy & Active Living National Observatory , King Juan Carlos University

    1 Sep 2016 → …

    Member Working Group in Quality and Reputation of the UK Doctorate , UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE).

    1 May 2016 → …

    Visiting Professor, Universitat de Girona

    1 Oct 2015 → …

    Chair of the Experts Group for the development of the ICCE International Degree Standards in Sports Coaching, International Council for Coaching Excellence, ICCE

    1 Jul 20151 Dec 2016

    Chair Research & Dissemination Commission , SpainActive Foundation

    15 Jun 2015 → …

    Visiting Professor, Victoria University

    1 Sep 2013 → …

    Senior Advisor Professional Standards Committee, EuropeActive

    1 Sep 2012 → …

    Visiting Professor, University of Greenwich

    1 Sep 2012 → …

    Scientific Advisory Board member, ukactive Research Institute

    1 Sep 2010 → …


    • QP Physiology
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Clinical Exercise
    • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
    • Active Living
    • Worksite health promotion
    • Physical Activity & Health


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