Dr Justin Avery Aunger

Dr Justin Avery Aunger

Health Services Management Centre
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

Justin is a Research Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre. He is an early career researcher working on a realist evaluation of partnering as a strategy for improvement in NHS providers with Dr. Ross Millar and other researchers and stakeholders. He recently completed his PhD at the School of Sport, Exercise, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, which investigated strategies to reduce sitting in older adults and other clinical populations. This included a systematic review, and delivery and evaluation of an intervention to older adults awaiting hip and knee replacement surgeries.

He is very interested in research to improve the quality of healthcare of patients and is open for potential collaborations so please do not hesitate to get in touch.


  • PhD - Health Behaviour
  • BA (Hons) – Liberal Arts and Sciences (major in health sciences)

Doctoral research

PhD title
Interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults with and without mobility limitation


Recent publications


Aunger, J, Millar, R & Greenhalgh, J 2021, 'When trust, confidence, and faith collide: refining a realist theory of how and why inter-organisational collaborations in healthcare work', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 21, 602. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-021-06630-x

Aunger, J, Millar, R, Greenhalgh, J, Mannion, R, Rafferty, AM & McLeod, H 2021, 'Why do some inter-organisational collaborations in healthcare work when others do not? A realist review', BMC Systematic Reviews, vol. 10, 82. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-58882/v1, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-021-01630-8

Aunger, J, Greaves, C, Davis, E, Asamane, E, Whittaker, A & Greig, C 2020, 'A novel behavioural INTErvention to REduce Sitting Time in older adults undergoing orthopaedic surgery (INTEREST): results of a randomised-controlled feasibility study', Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40520-020-01475-6

Aunger, J & Wagnild, J 2020, 'Objective and subjective measurement of sedentary behavior in human adults: a toolkit', American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 2020, e23546. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23546

Aunger, J, Greaves, C, Davis, E & Greig, C 2019, 'A novel behavioural INTErvention to REduce Sitting Time in older adults undergoing orthopaedic surgery (INTEREST): protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 5, 54. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-019-0437-2

Asamane, EA, Greig, CA, Aunger, JA & Thompson, JL 2019, 'Perceptions and factors influencing eating behaviours and physical function in community-dwelling ethnically diverse older adults: a longitudinal qualitative study', Nutrients, vol. 11, no. 6, 1224. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11061224

Whittaker, A, Asamane, E, Aunger, J & Doody, P 2019, 'Physical activity and nutrition INfluences in ageing: current findings from the PANINI project', Advances in Geriatric Medicine and Research. https://doi.org/10.20900/agmr20190005

Review article

Aunger, J, Millar, R, Greenhalgh, J, Mannion, R, Rafferty, AM & McLeod, H 2020, 'Building an initial realist theory of partnering across National Health Service providers', Journal of Integrated Care. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICA-05-2020-0026

Aunger, JA, Doody, P & Greig, CA 2018, 'Interventions targeting sedentary behavior in non-working older adults: a systematic review', Maturitas, vol. 116, pp. 89-99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2018.08.002

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