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Dr David Archer

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Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition

I gained my BA (Hons) in Physiology from Trinity College Dublin and my PhD in Physiology from the University of Aberdeen.

My general research is in performance analysis and conditioning in intermittent exercise. I am also involved in international collaborations investigating pacing strategies in elite sport, in addition to publishing work in the field of physical activity and sport and exercise nutrition.

Teaching and supervision

I am the Module Leader for Introduction to Human Nutrition, Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Performance Analysis and Intervention Strategies. I also teach about the physiology of training, cardiovascular physiology and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Postgraduate research supervision:
Two MPhil students and three PhD completions in physiology/performance analysis.

I am currently supervising PhD/ProfDoc students in:
  • Menstrual Cycle, Performance and Recovery in Female Multi-sport Athletes
  • Impacts of prescribed drugs on nutrient status
  • Volunteering in HE
  • Applied Physiology

Research interests for potential research students

  • Performance analysis in able bodied and disability sport
  • Exercise and type 1 Diabetes
  • Pacing in sport
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Applied physiology


I have a diverse area of research interests, from basic human physiology to applied sports science, including:
  • Physical activity monitoring
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Performance analysis in elite sport (able bodied and disability sport)
  • Sport and exercise nutrition
  • Physiological adaptations to heat stress
  • Physiology of intermittent exercise
  • Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes

View my ResearchGate profile.


Number of items: 24.


Bradley, Eddie, Board, Lisa, Hogg, Robert and Archer, David (2020) Quantification of movement characteristics in women’s English Premier elite domestic rugby union. Journal of Human Kinetics. ISSN 1640-5544

Bradley, Eddie, Board, Lisa, Evans, Will and Archer, David (2019) Rugby-specific static activities: Are they actually high-intensity? Journal of Sports Sciences, 37 (Supp 1). ISSN 0264-0414

Bradley, Eddie, Board, Lisa, Hogg, Robert and Archer, David (2018) Determining high intensity activity in women’s rugby union: Use of current use of male derived absolute speed thresholds underestimates true levels. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (Supp 1). pp. 1-94. ISSN 0264-0414

Bradley, Eddie, Hogg, Robert and Archer, David (2017) Effect of the PreBind engagement process on scrum timing and stability in the 2013 to 2016 Six Nations. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 13 (7). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1555-0265

Bradley, Eddie, Sharpe, Phil, Hogg, Robert and Archer, David (2017) Match demands in elite women’s English Premiership rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences D2.S4.5 (1), 35 S4 (S1/D2). 5 -119. ISSN 2332-7839 (Submitted)

Archer, David, Hogg, Robert, Coulson, Morcombe, Soos, Istvan, Anderson, Steven, Innerd, Paul and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Influence of body mass index and gender on physical activity in primary school children during PE and non-PE school days. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 76. E33-E33. ISSN 0029-6651

Hayes, Catherine, Fulton, John, Devlin, Siobhan, Westwood, Diane, Garfield, Iain, Beardmore, Phil, Archer, David, Collins, Michael and Bingle, Lewis (2016) Perception of academic learning environments and perceived impact on articulation of employability; a mixed methods study. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education (10). ISSN 1759-667X

Archer, David, Drysdale, K and Bradley, Eddie (2016) Differentiating technical skill and motor abilities in selected and non-selected 3-5 year old team-sports players. Human Movement Science, 47. pp. 81-87. ISSN 0167-9457

Bush, Michael, Archer, David, Hogg, Robert and Bradley, Paul S (2015) Factors Influencing Physical and Technical Variability in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10 (7). pp. 865-872. ISSN 1555-0265

Bradley, Paul, Archer, David, Hogg, Robert, Shuth, Gabor, Bush, Michael, Carling, Christopher and Barnes, Christopher (2015) Tier-Specific Evolution of Match Performance Characteristics in the English Premier League: It’s Getting Tougher at the Top. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34 (10). pp. 980-987. ISSN 0264-0414

Mytton, Graham, Archer, David, Turner, Louise, Skorski, Sabrina, Renfree, Andrew, Thompson, Kevin and St Clair Gibson, Alan (2015) Increased variability of lap speeds differentiate medallists and non-medallists in middle distance running and swimming events. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10 (3). pp. 369-373.

Bush, Michael, Barnes, Chris, Archer, David, Hogg, Robert and Bradley, Paul (2014) Evolution of Match Performance Parameters for Various Playing Positions in the English Premier League. Human Movement Science, 39. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0167-9457

Barnes, Chris, Archer, David, Bush, Michael, Hogg, Robert and Bradley, Paul (2014) The Evolution of Physical and Technical Performance Parameters in the English Premier League. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 35. pp. 1-6. ISSN 0172-4622

Mytton, Graham, Archer, David, St Clair Gibson, Alan and Thompson, Kevin (2014) Reliability and stability of performances in 400-m swimming and 1500-m running. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9 (4). pp. 674-679. ISSN 1555-0265

Mytton, Graham, Archer, David, St Clair Gibson, Alan, Thompson, Kevin and Renfree, Andrew (2013) Validity and reliability of a 1500-m lap time collection method using public videos. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 8 (6). pp. 692-694. ISSN 1555-0265

Bradley, Paul, Carling, Chris, Archer, David, Roberts, Jennifer, Dodds, Andrew, Di Mascio, Michele, Paul, Darren, Gomez Diaz, Antonio, Peart, Dan and Krustrup, Peter (2011) The effect of playing formation on high-intensity running and technical profiles in English FA Premier League soccer matches. Journal of Sports Sciences, 29 (8). pp. 821-830. ISSN 0264-0414

Shirreffs, Susan, Merson, Stuart, Fraser, Susan and Archer, David (2004) Effect of fluid restriction on hydration status in man. British Journal of Nutrition, 91 (6). pp. 951-958. ISSN 0007-1145

Conference or Workshop Item

Perry, K, Archer, David and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Student motivation to take part in employability enhancing volunteering opportunities within Higher Education Sport and Exercise degree programmes. In: University of Sunderland Research Conference, 5th June 2017, University of Sunderland.

Archer, David and Miller, Keith (2015) Using online and mobile student polling techniques to engage students in assessment design. In: 3 Rivers Conference: Student Engagement, 27 Mar 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Archer, David (2013) Effects of method of dehydration on post exercise rehydration. In: Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, 15-18 Jul 2013, Newcastle University.

Archer, David, Berry, Laura, Dixon, Stuart and Hogg, Robert (2013) Assessment of technical changes during swimming performance in trained junior swimmers. In: International Sports Science and Sports Medicine Conference 2013, 21 - 23 Aug 2013, Northumbria University, Newcastle.


Archer, David and Coulson, Morcombe (2009) Practical Fitness Testing. Practical Fitness Testing . Bloomsbury A&C Black, London. ISBN 9781408110225

Coulson, Morcombe and Archer, David (2009) Practical Fitness Testing: Analysis in Exercise and Sport. Fitness Professionals, 1 . Bloomsbury A&C Black. ISBN 9781408110225

Coulson, Morcombe and Archer, David (2008) The Advanced Fitness Instructor's Handbook. A&C Black Publishers Ltd, London. ISBN 9781408195680

This list was generated on Sat May 30 07:25:05 2020 BST.
  • Physical activity monitoring                           
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Able bodied and disability sport analysis
  • Sport and exercise nutrition               
  • Physiological adaptations to heat stress
  • Physiology of intermittent exercise               
  • Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Chair of the University of Sunderland written HEA panel
  • Member of the Nutrition Society
  • Member of RAISE: Researching Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement. I was on the organising Committee for the 2019 RAISE conference and Lead Convener for the shortlisting of submissions for the 2019 conference
  • I've chaired sessions at major conferences including the International Sport and Exercise Nutrition Conference (ISENC) and the RAISE Annual Conference
    • I worked as a consultant in applied physiology and nutrition for British Swimming and British Fencing and have provided scientific support to elite athletes/teams since 1999

Expert reviewer:
  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • European Journal of Sports Sciences
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • Journal of Clinical Medicine
  • Medicina
  • Nutrients
  • Sports

External examiner:
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology at St Mary's, Twickenham (2016-2020).
  • BSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition, BSc Applied Sport Science with Coaching at University of Northumbria, Newcastle (2018-2022)
  • Postgraduate research theses (2 MRes and 2 PhD) in sport and exercise physiology and nutrition at UCLAN and University of Glasgow (2014, 2016, 2017)
  • MSc dissertation theses for the MSc Sports Medicine and MSc Exercise Physiology programmes at Trinity College Dublin (2008-2013)

Media coverage:

  • International TV coverage: Interviews with BBC World News and Premier League News
  • National TV coverage: Embarrassing Bodies (Channel 4)
  • Newspapers: Daily Mail, Sunderland Echo, Newcastle Chronicle, Reuters, MSN.com, MensHealth.com, marieclaire.co.uk, numerous international newspapers

Last updated 28 April 2020