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 Performance Analysis, Nutrition for Sport and Exercise 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 three PhD students in:
  • Equine biomechanics
  • 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.

Areas of expertise

  • 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

Further information

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Chair of the University of Sunderland HEA panel
  • Member of the Nutrition Society

Guest reviewer:
  • European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • International Journal of Sports Medicine
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
  • Medicina
  • Journal of Clinical Medicine
  • 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).

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.

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, www.marieclaire.co.uk, numerous international newspapers.

Last updated 15 October 2018