Dr Ben Duncan


Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science

School of Sport and Exercise Science


Contact Details

email: benedict.duncan@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542920

Ben joined the University of Worcester in December 2016 after completing his BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (2010) and being awarded his PhD at the University of Brighton (2017). Ben’s PhD entitled 'The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia' examined the potential use of hypoxia (altitude) as a preventative and treatment tool for metabolic disorders, namely obesity.

Whilst studying for his doctorate Ben worked as a research assistant, technical instructor and visiting lecturer at the University of Brighton on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc and MSc courses. Ben also lectured at St Mary’s University, Twickenham on the Health and Exercise Science course and at Sussex Downs College on a range of Foundation degree courses.

Ben has a particular interest in environmental physiology and endurance performance and has provided support to a variety of athletes.


  • PhD - The metabolic effects of acute and prolonged hypoxia, University of Brighton (2017)
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Brighton (2010)

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

  • Physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases
  • The physiology of endurance performance
  • The impact of environmental stressors such as heat and altitude on training and performance in sport

Research Interests:

  • Environmental physiology

Professional Bodies

BASES member


Academic Publications:

Wei, C., Yu, L., Duncan, B. and Renfree, A. (2020) A Plyometric Warm-Up Protocol Improves Running Economy in Recreational Endurance Athletes. Frontiers in Physiology.

Thomas, G., Cullen, T., Davies, M., Hetherton, C., Duncan, B. and Gerrett, N. (2019) Independent or simultaneous lowering of core and skin temperature has no impact on self-paced intermittent running performance in hot conditions. European Journal of Applied Physiology.

Gibson, O.R., Richardson, A.J., Hayes, M., Duncan, B. and Maxwell, N.S. (2014) Prediction of physiological responses and performance at altitude using the 6MWT in normoxia and hypoxia. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

Richardson, A.J., Maxwell, N.S., Hayes, M., Gibson, O.R. and Duncan, B. (2014) Learning Through Adventure. The Sport and Exercise Scientist. 41, 18-19.

Conference Proceedings:

Duncan, B., Richardson, A.J. and Watt, P.W. (2015) Metabolic responses to acute hypoxia and moderate intensity normoxic exercise in humans. In. European College of Sport Science (ECSS), Malmö, Sweden 24th 27th June 2015.

Duncan, B., Richardson, A.J. and Watt, P.W. (2014) An 18 day sojourn to 3,400m alters body mass, energy expenditure, fuel utilisation and taste sensation in healthy human participants. In. Birmingham Medical Research Expeditionary Society (BMRES) Altitude Research Conference, 22nd November.

Duncan, B., Richardson, A.J. and Watt, P.W. (2012) Effect of hypoxic exposure and physical activity on fat metabolism, body composition and weight loss in humans. In. Chelsea School Exhibition, University of Brighton, May 2012.

Duncan, B., Richardson, A.J. and Watt, P.W. (2011) The Chair Lift to Weight Loss The effect of hypoxic physiology on weight loss in overweight and obese populations. In. University of Brighton Research Poster Competition, April 2011.

Duncan, B. and Richardson, A.J. (2010). The effect of intermittent hypoxic exposure and hydration status on a self-paced 3,000m time trial. In. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) student conference, Aberystwyth University 2010.