Dr Jo Barnes

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  • Qualifications:BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow: Air Quality Management Resource Centre / Programme Leader: MSc Environmental Management / MSc Environmental Consultancy
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 81626
  • Email:Jo.Barnes@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Jo has 15 years' experience working in air quality management, policy and practice at a local, national, European and international level. Since 2008, she has been employed in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she has also completed her PhD researching the effectiveness of Local Air Quality Management. In this role, she has worked with and on behalf of numerous local authorities, Defra and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Greater London, other Member States, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission to implement and develop air quality management policies and practices.

Jo's main research interests are in urban air pollution, particularly from road traffic, helping to understand and raise awareness of the health impacts and environmental justice issues relating to local air pollution, and other urban stressors, in order to shape and influence policies to improve public health in towns and cities globally. She has extensive experience in air quality-related evidence reviews including for the EEA and NICE. Jo is currently leading on stakeholder engagement research on the CADTIME project in Delhi to inform development of mitigation actions, and undertaking citizen engagement analysis to develop bottom-up policy implementation as part of the EU ClairCity project. She is also advising on an Environment Agency/Defra initiative to redesign the UK's air quality monitoring network.

Jo leads on the development and delivery of CPD training on Air Quality Management, runs a Masters level module in Air Quality Management, and also lectures on Air Quality on a number of interdisciplinary modules across UWE and has also lectured in GIS, in which she has an MSc.

Jo is the Programme Leader for MSc Environmental Management (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F1N21) and MSc Environmental Consultancy (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F90012) programmes. She is also External Examiner for the Open University's MSc Environmental Management.

Jo has supervised a PhD in 'Enhancing LAQM to maximise public health awareness, integration, collaboration and impact' (Huw Brunt, Public Health Wales) and progression-examined PhDs entitled "What is Transformation? Using action research to investigate visitor transformation in the Eden Project's Invisible Worlds" (David Judge), "Sustainable tourism in Vietnam" (Nhu Nguyen) and "Shale Gas and the Water-Energy Nexus" (Jenna Brown). She is currently supervising Louis Brown's PhD research investigating traffic-related air pollution and policy interventions in the vicinity of UK schools.

Outside of UWE, Jo is Co-Chair of the Air Pollution conference series, and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. Jo also served for many years on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environmental Chemistry Group Committee, as Honorary Secretary and, latterly, as Honorary Treasurer.

Jo was awarded the Nurul Leksmono Memorial Award for her PhD thesis in 2014 and was the Department of Geography and Environmental Management Researcher of the Year 2014/15. Jo has also received the Researcher with Impact Award in the 2015 UWE Staff Awards for her innovative approach to public engagement, exemplified by contributions to Bristol Bright Night and the Soapbox Challenge. 

Area of expertise

Air Quality Management; GIS​; Environmental Justice; Environmental Management


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