Academic Staff

Dr Jo Barton Year 1 Organiser (part-time)

Staff positionLecturer in Sports and Exercise Science
Telephone01206 873774
Office hoursMonday - Wednesday


Jan 2012 - present Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex

June 2008 - Dec 2011 Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science (0.5 FTE) and Senior Researcher (0.5FTE), School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex

July 2003 - May 2008 Senior Researcher, School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex


2004 - 2009 PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology (P/T)

2000-2003 BSc First Class degree (with honours) in Sports & Exercise Science

2001/02 The Centre for Sport & Exercise Science Prize

2002/03 The Human Performance Unit Prize and Project Prizes

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Director of the Green Exercise Research Group, University of Essex
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice
  • British Association of Sports and Exercise Science member


Edited book: Green Exercise: Linking Nature, Health and Well-being, Routledge, 2016


BSc (Hons I), PhD, PGCert (HE), FHEA

Graduate of the Future Leaders ILM approved Development Programme

Current research

Current Funded Projects

  1. Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts- Research to establish The Wildlife Trusts’ contribution to wildlife, nature and human wellbeing;
  2. Brighton and Hove Food Partnership 'Sharing the Harvest' Project;
  3. The Wilderness Foundation TurnAround 6 Project targeting youth at risk;
  4. The Wilderness Foundation TurnAround Berkshire Project targeting youth at risk in the local community;
  5. Collaborating with New Philanthropy Capital on a project titled Care, farms and ageing: An evaluation of future roots services to older people (funded by Future Roots);
  6. The Wilderness Foundation UK- Imbewu Project;

Postdoctoral Researchers - Mike Rogerson
PhD students - Mike Rogerson, John Wooller and Elliott Flowers

Research interests
  • Exercise and health
  • 'Green Exercise'
  • Physical and psychological health benefits of exercising in different environments
  • The impact of exercise on individual's mood and self-esteem
  • Green care, green design and green education
  • The health benefits of outdoor experiences for individuals experiencing mental health challenges
  • Children's relationship with nature and greenspaces
  • Wilderness experiences for disaffected youth

I have been invited to speak at both local and international conferences including key note speeches.

I have collaborated with colleagues to generate over £823,000 in green exercise research income, working with more than 28 external agencies and charities.

PublicationsLink to publications for Jo Barton
Additional information
  • Member of British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Reviewer for several national and international journals
  • Steering Group member of the TurnAround management team – Wilderness Foundation (UK)
  • Review editor for the Editorial Board of Environmental Psychology

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