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John Buckley

Reader in Movement Biomechanics

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Biomedical and Electronics Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Telephone +441274 234641


John Buckley is currently a Reader in Movement Biomechanics at the University of Bradford. John has a background in sport science and bioengineering. He joined the university in 2002 as post-doctoral research assistant in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, where he then held two research fellowships; one from the Health Foundation investigating the impact of correctable visual impairment upon balance and mobility in elderly and young subjects; and the other as an RCUK Academic fellow investigating Medical & Healthcare Technology. He moved to the School of Engineering in 2012. John’s interests are in developing and using biomechanical modelling to determine the movement adaptations and/or compensatory mechanisms used for locomotion by individuals with musculo-skeletal abnormalities, problems or dysfunction, and/or by those with sensory impairment. He undertakes evidenced based research, giving an understanding of the control and biomechanics of adaptive locomotion, i.e. locomotion that is modulated according to the environment the individual ambulates through. Recent work has determined if features to enhance sensorimotor control are necessary in order to gain full advantage of improved lower-limb prosthetic design (EPSRC, EP/H010491/1); whether manipulating the appearance of steps and stairs will make them safer for older people to negotiate (NIHR, PHR 10/3009/06); and whether there is a link between visual processing abilities and sporting performance (BBSRC, BB/J018872/1). In conducting such research, he have established collaborative links with other labs in the UK (including the Research Institutes for Human Movement Science at John Moores and Manchester Metropolitan Universities) and worldwide (Waterloo University, Canada; University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA), and with the regional rehabilitations centres at Manchester and Sheffield. he also have a long standing industrial collaboration with Chas A Blatchford’s and Sons Ltd (specialist manufactures of artificial limbs).


Over recent years John has helped bring in to the University close to £1.2 million worth of external funding, either in the form of personal fellowships (Health Foundation), project grants (EPSRC, NIHR, BBSRC), industrial funding (Blatchford, Essilor International, Vicon Motion Capture Systems), or via doctoral training awards from EPSRC (x2), NIHR, Health Foundation, and the College of Optometrists (x3). In leading and satisfying the aims of these grants, he has made considerable impact across a number of fields, which is reflected in his work being published in wide ranging scientific journals, including Experimental Brain Research, Gait and Posture, Clinical Biomechanics, Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science, Experimental Gerontology, and Journal of NeuroEngineering & Rehabilitation; in the past 10 years, he has published close to 45 scientific articles in such journals. John has given several invited talks and/or seminars, and presented over 20 papers at international conference. Such standing means he is regularly asked to review journal articles submissions for, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Journal of Biomechanics, Gait and Posture, Clinical Biomechanics, Archives for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Prosthetics and Orthotics International. He is also asked to review grant applications for Strategic Promotion of Ageing Research Capacity (SPARC), MRC, EPSRC, and The Health Foundation.

Professional activities

  • Committee for Ethics in Research,