Congratulations to Professor of Health Behaviour Dynamics Sebastien Chastin at Glasgow Caledonian University who has been hailed one of the world’s most influential researchers by Clarivate for the second year running.

He has received the highly cited award from Clarivate for the second time in the field of Social and Health Sciences for his bumper year of research despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Chastin has been named in the top 1% of the world’s most influential researchers in the Clarivate’s Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list.

Last year, he made it onto the same ‘who’s who’ of influential researchers for demonstrating significant influence in the field of social and health sciences through the publication of multiple highly cited papers.

Professor Chastin has had a phenomenal year of internationally significant research including discovering the perfect cocktail of physical activity for a longer life and that regular physical activity cuts the risk of dying from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 by 37 per cent.

He was also behind a global-first study, in partnership with Scottish Canals, which concluded that the regeneration of canals can improve community health.

Professor Chastin, from the Physiotherapy Department in the School of Health and Life Sciences, was delighted to be among the top 1% for the second year in a row.

He said: “I am humbled to be amongst the giants I admire and take inspiration from. I am very grateful to all my colleagues, students and collaborators who made this possible. It shows that GCU might be small but we pack a punch in terms of impact.”