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Dr Jo Barton

Senior Lecturer
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Jo Barton

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Biography

Research Interests ‘Green Exercise’ (physical activities in greenspaces) – Physical, psychological and biochemical effects of exercising in different environments, during and recovery from exercise; Use of nature-based interventions to facilitate physical activity, enhance physical and mental health and encourage behaviour change; Connection to nature across the whole life course pathway. Skills and Experience Interdisciplinary health researcher, leading researcher in the field of green exercise; Experience of working with members of the general public in research projects and engaging vulnerable groups (adults with mental ill-health, youth at risk) in community research projects; Experience of working with many local charities, schools, clubs and other agencies to ensure the local community benefit from the findings of my research; Skills in managing projects, grants and people, with specific research skills in questionnaire administration, physiological and biochemical analysis, psychological and social methods; Physical activity monitoring using accelerometers, ActiPed (wireless devices) and pedometers; Experience of participatory appraisal assessments and developing innovative techniques that engage communities as active participants to encourage community ownership of sustainable outcomes; Promotes knowledge exchange: invited speaker at events organised by external agencies, charities, businesses; Experienced public speaker having been invited to deliver more than 45 presentations at both national and international conferences, including 7 key note speeches.

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

Green Exercise: Health Benefits of Outdoor Activities.

Keynote presentation, IMOSC 7th International Mountain and Outdoor Sports Conference, Prague, Czechia, 20/11/2014

Green Exercise – Activity for all: How to build critical mass and maximise health gains.

Keynote presentation, VvBN PhD Day 2014 Human Movement Sciences: Exercise for all, Groningen, Netherlands, 20/6/2014

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 2 (SE201)

  • Health and Active Lifestyle (SE205)

  • Research Project and Skills in Sports Science (SE309)

  • Environments Shape Physical Activity: Translating Research into Practice (SE330)

  • Research Project (SE740)

Previous supervision

Michael Rogerson
Michael Rogerson
Thesis title: Green Exercise: Combined Influence of Environment and Exercise to Promote Wellbeing
Degree subject: Sport and Exercise Science
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 14/9/2016
Victoria Elizabeth Wallis
Victoria Elizabeth Wallis
Thesis title: A Mixed Method Evaluation of a Wilderness Therapy Programme for 'Youth At Risk'
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/11/2012

Publications

Journal articles (32)

Hughes, J., Rogerson, M., Barton, J. and Bragg, R., (2019). Age and connection to nature: when is engagement critical?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 17 (5), 265-269

Wooller, JJ., Rogerson, M., Barton, J., Micklewright, D. and Gladwell, V., (2018). Can Simulated Green Exercise Improve Recovery From Acute Mental Stress?. Frontiers in Psychology. 9 (NOV), 2167-

Pretty, JN., Rogerson, M. and Barton, JL., (2017). Green Mind Theory: How Brain-Body-Behaviour Links into Natural and Social Environments for Healthy Habits. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 14 (7), 706-706

Barton, J. and Rogerson, M., (2017). The importance of greenspace for mental health.. BJPsych International. 14 (4), 79-81

Rogerson, M., Gladwell, VF., Gallagher, DJ. and Barton, JL., (2016). Influences of green outdoors versus indoors environmental settings on psychological and social outcomes of controlled exercise. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13 (4), 363-363

Wooller, JJ., Barton, J., Gladwell, VF. and Micklewright, D., (2016). Occlusion of sight, sound and smell during Green Exercise influences mood, perceived exertion and heart rate. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 26 (3), 267-280

Pretty, J., Barton, J., Pervez Bharucha, Z., Bragg, R., Pencheon, D., Wood, C. and Depledge, MH., (2016). Improving health and well-being independently of GDP: Dividends of greener and prosocial economies. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 26 (1), 11-36

Barton, JL., Bragg, R., Pretty, JN., Roberts, J. and Wood, C., (2016). The Wilderness Expedition: an effective life course intervention to improve young people?s wellbeing and connectedness to nature. Journal of Experiential Education. 39 (1), 59-72

Barton, J., Bragg, R., Pretty, J., Roberts, J. and Wood, C., (2016). The Wilderness Expedition. Journal of Experiential Education. 39 (1), 59-72

Rogerson, M. and Barton, J., (2015). Effects of the visual exercise environments on cognitive directed attention, energy expenditure and perceived exertion. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12 (7), 7321-7336

Rogerson, M., Brown, DK., Sandercock, G., Wooller, JJ. and Barton, J., (2015). A comparison of four typical green exercise environments and prediction of psychological health outcomes. Perspectives in Public Health. 136 (3), 171-180

Barton, J., Sandercock, G., Pretty, J. and Wood, C., (2015). The effect of playground-and nature-based playtime interventions on physical activity and self-esteem in UK school children. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 25 (2), 196-206

Brown, DK., Barton, JL., Pretty, J. and Gladwell, VF., (2014). Walks4Work: Assessing the role of the natural environment in a workplace physical activity intervention. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 40 (4), 390-399

Wood, C., Sandercock, G. and Barton, J., (2014). Interactions between physical activity and the environment to improve adolescent self-esteem: A randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Environment and Health. 7 (2), 144-155

Wood, C., Gladwell, V. and Barton, J., (2014). A Repeated Measures Experiment of School Playing Environment to Increase Physical Activity and Enhance Self-Esteem in UK School Children. PLoS ONE. 9 (9), e108701-e108701

Wood, C., Gladwell, V. and Barton, JL., (2014). A repeated measures experiment of school playing environment to increase physical activity and enhance self-esteem in UK school children. PloS One. 9 (9), creators-Gladwell=3AValerie=3A=3A

Gladwell, VF., Brown, DK., Wood, C., Sandercock, GR. and Barton, JL., (2013). The great outdoors: how a green exercise environment can benefit all. Extreme Physiology & Medicine. 2 (1), 3-

Brown, DK., Barton, JL. and Gladwell, VF., (2013). Viewing Nature Scenes Positively Affects Recovery of Autonomic Function Following Acute-Mental Stress. Environmental Science & Technology. 47 (11), 5562-5569

Wood, C., Angus, C., Pretty, J., Sandercock, G. and Barton, J., (2013). A randomised control trial of physical activity in a perceived environment on self-esteem and mood in UK adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 23 (4), 311-320

Reed, K., Wood, C., Barton, J., Pretty, JN., Cohen, D. and Sandercock, GRH., (2013). A Repeated Measures Experiment of Green Exercise to Improve Self-Esteem in UK School Children. PLoS ONE. 8 (7), e69176-e69176

Gladwell, V., Brown, DK., Wood, C., Sandercock, G. and Barton, JL., (2013). The Great Outdoors: how a green exercise environment can benefit all. Extreme Physiology & Medicine. 2 (3)

Reed, KE., Wood, C., Pretty, JN., Cohen, D., Barton, JL. and Sandercock, G., (2013). A Repeated Measures Experiment of Green Exercise to Improve Self-Esteem in UK School Children.. PLoS ONE. 8 (7)

Barton, J., Griffin, M. and Pretty, J., (2012). Exercise-, nature- and socially interactive-based initiatives improve mood and self-esteem in the clinical population. Perspectives in Public Health. 132 (2), 89-96

Akers, A., Barton, J., Cossey, R., Gainsford, P., Griffin, M. and Micklewright, D., (2012). Visual Color Perception in Green Exercise: Positive Effects on Mood and Perceived Exertion. Environmental Science & Technology. 46 (16), 8661-8666

Brown, DK., Barton, JL., Pretty, J. and Gladwell, VF., (2012). Walks4work: Rationale and study design to investigate walking at lunchtime in the workplace setting. BMC Public Health. 12 (1), 550-

Gladwell, VF., Brown, DK., Barton, JL., Tarvainen, MP., Kuoppa, P., Pretty, J., Suddaby, JM. and Sandercock, GRH., (2012). The effects of views of nature on autonomic control. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 112 (9), 3379-3386

Brown, DK., Barton, JL., Pretty, JN. and Gladwell, V., (2012). Walks4work: Rationale and study design to investigate walking at lunchtime in the workplace setting. BMC Public Health. 12 (1), creators-Gladwell=3AValerie=3A=3A

Ogunleye, AA., Voss, C., Barton, JL., Pretty, JN. and Sandercock, GRH., (2011). Contrasting physical activity patterns in children and adolescents living in differing environments in the UK. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 39 (7), 696-703

Thompson Coon, J., Boddy, K., Stein, K., Whear, R., Barton, J. and Depledge, MH., (2011). Does Participating in Physical Activity in Outdoor Natural Environments Have a Greater Effect on Physical and Mental Wellbeing than Physical Activity Indoors? A Systematic Review. Environmental Science & Technology. 45 (5), 1761-1772

Sandercock, G., Angus, C. and Barton, J., (2010). Physical activity levels of children living in different built environments. Preventive Medicine. 50 (4), 193-198

Barton, J. and Pretty, J., (2010). What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study Analysis. Environmental Science & Technology. 44 (10), 3947-3955

Barton, J., Hine, R. and Pretty, J., (2009). The health benefits of walking in greenspaces of high natural and heritage value. Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. 6 (4), 261-278

Books (1)

Barton, JL., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, JN., (2016). Green Exercise Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Routledge. 9781138807648

Book chapters (10)

Rogerson, M., Kelly, S., Coetzee, S., Barton, J. and Pretty, J., ‘Doing’ Adventure: The Mental Health Benefits of using Occupational Therapy Approaches in Adventure Therapy Settings. Editors: MacIntyre, T. and Aoife, D., . Routledge

Rogerson, M., Barton, J., Gladwell, V. and Pretty, J., The Green Exercise Concept: Two intertwining pathways to health and wellbeing. In: Physical Activity in Natural Settings: Green Exercise & Blue Mind. Editors: MacIntyre, T. and Aoife, D., . Routledge

Rogerson, M., Gladwell, V., Pretty, J. and Barton, J., (2019). Landscape and wellbeing. In: The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning. Routledge. 495- 507. 9781138104051

Pretty, JN. and Barton, JL., (2016). The Benefits of Greener and Healthier Economies. In: Green Exercise Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Editors: Barton, JL., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, JN., . Routledge. 9781138807648

Roberts, J., Barton, JL. and Wood, C., (2016). Green Care Interventions for Youth at Risk. In: Green Exercise Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Editors: Barton, JL., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, JN., . Routledge. 9781138807648

Barton, JL., Wood, C., Pretty, JN. and Rogerson, M., (2016). Green Exercise, Health and a Dose of Nature. In: Green Exercise Linking Nature, Health and Well-being. Editors: Barton, JL., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, JN., . Routledge. 9781138807648

Barton, J., Wood, C., Pretty, J. and Rogerson, M., (2016). Green Exercise for Health: A Dose of Nature. In: Green Exercise Linking Nature, Health and Well-Being. Editors: Barton, J., Bragg, R., Wood, C. and Pretty, J., . Routledge. 1138807656. 9781138807655

Barton, J. and Pretty, J., (2013). The beneficial effects of green exercise on health. In: Forest Medicine. 201- 219. 9781626184626

Barton, J. and Pretty, J., (2012). The beneficial effects of green exercise on health. In: Forest Medicine. 201- 219. 9781621000006

Pretty, JN., Barton, JL., Colbeck, I., Hine, R., Mourato, S., Mackerron, G. and Wood, C., (2011). Health Values from Ecosystems. In: The UK National Ecosystem Assessment Technical Report. UNEP-WCMC. 1153- 1181

Grants and funding

2017

Independent Evaluation of Open Farm Sunday 2017

Leaf

2016

TurnAround Berkshire 2016

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

Care, Farms and Ageing: An Evaluation of Future Roots Services to Older People (Future Roots)

New Philanthropy Capital

The Imbewu Project 2016 - Fourth Phase

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2015

A Review of Nature Based Interventions in Mental Health Care

Mind

The TurnAround 6 Project 2015

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

The effect of a wilderness experience on adolescents' psychological well-being and connectedness to nature - phase 3

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2014

Research to Establish The Wildlife Trusts' Contribution to Wildlife, Nature and Human Wellbeing

The Wildlife Trusts

Research to Establish The Wildlife Trusts' Contribution to Wildlife, Nature and Human Wellbeing

The Wildlife Trusts

Sharing the Harvest Project

Brighton & Hove Partnership

Packaging the offer for health and social care commissioners

Care Farming UK

The effect of a wilderness experience on adolescent's psychological well-being and connectedness to nature - phase 2

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2013

To Establish a Robust Methodology for Measuring Connection to Nature in Adults and teens

R.S.P.B

The effect of a wilderness experience on adolescents' psychological well-being and connectedness to nature

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2012

Evaluation of Natural Choices for Health and Wellbeing programme

Liverpool Primary Care Trust

A Mixed method case series evaluation of a wilderness-based Therapy (WT) for "At Risk" Adolescents

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

Jo Barton - Consultancy - IRIS

IRIS

The Out There Academy Programme

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2011

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

World Conservation Monitoring Centre

The TurnAround 3 Project

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

2010

Reducing the incidence of cardiac events

British Heart Foundation

Determining the Mental & Social Health Benefits YOE

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Research/evaluation of community allotment projects

Essex County Council

Research/evaluation of community allotment projects

Essex County Council

2009

Turnaround 2 Project

The Wilderness Foundation Uk

Contact

jobarton@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873774

Location:

ESA.3.12, Colchester Campus