Thesis subject

How physical activity can contribute to mental health and subjective wellbeing in ‘hard-to-reach’ groups through community-based physical activity initiatives

This assignment is part of a research collaboration between Wageningen University and Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Conducting (part of) the data collection in Ireland is an option.

The thesis focuses on one or two of the following research questions:

  • What are the most important mental health and wellbeing outcomes of community-based health enhancing physical activity initiatives in
    Europe, and how can these best (i.e., adequately, and pragmatically) be assessed for evaluation purposes?
  • What are the needs of practitioners (from physical activity sectors and mental health sectors) working in communities to promote mental health through physical activity?

Interested or want to know more? Please contact Annemarie Wagemakers ( or Kirsten Verkooijen ( (include in the CC).

Duration: 6 months
: English

Start: Anytime