ARU expert named on influential researcher list

Published: 17 November 2022 at 12:17

Professor Lee Smith

Professor Lee Smith features in a new ‘who’s who’ of international research

Lee Smith, Professor of Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), has been named as one of the world’s most influential researchers in a newly published list.

The Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list is produced by experts from the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate and highlights the authors of the top 1% of most cited research worldwide.

Both quantitative and qualitative analysis have been used to identify individuals from across the globe who have demonstrated significant and broad influence in their chosen field or fields of research.

This year a total of 6,938 researchers from 69 countries and regions feature on the list, which has been called a “who’s who” of world research.

Professor Smith is an epidemiologist with expertise in physical activity. His work on sedentary behaviour, and how changes can improve the health of employees, was part of ARU’s submission to the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which measures the impact of academic research in the UK.

He has led ARU’s COVID-19 research and conducts studies into fitness and health outcomes with academic colleagues worldwide. Professor Smith said:

“It is an absolute honour to be named on this list and I’d like to thank all my colleagues, whose support and encouragement has helped me carry out my research at ARU.”


David Pendlebury, Head of Research Analysis at the Institute for Scientific Information at Clarivate, said:

“Research fuels the race for knowledge and it is important that nations and institutions celebrate the individuals who drive the wheel of innovation.

“These individuals are helping to transform human ingenuity into our world’s greatest breakthroughs – and it is an honour to celebrate their achievements.”

Impactful research at ARU

Two of Lee's research projects were submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Read more about his research into promoting physical activity among vulnerable groups, and improving health in the workplace and education through reduced sitting time.

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