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 more than 16 years' research experience in air quality management, policy and practice at local, national, European and international levels. Since 2008, she has been employed in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol, where she has 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 EEA and the European Commission to implement and develop air quality management policies and practices.

Jo's main research interest is urban air pollution, particularly road traffic-related, helping to understand and raise awareness of the health and environmental justice issues relating to local air pollution, and other urban stressors, to shape and influence policies that improve public health in towns and cities globally. She has undertaken air quality-related evidence reviews for the Scottish Government, EEA and NICE. Jo is currently leading on stakeholder engagement research on the CADTIME project in Delhi to inform development of mitigation actions, and undertook citizen engagement analysis to develop bottom-up policy implementation on the EU ClairCity project. She has advised an Environment Agency/Defra initiative to redesign the UK's air quality monitoring network, and is currently supporting the Environment Agency, in collaboration with Defra and Public Health England, on air quality and inequalities research. Jo is also a member of the Welsh Government Independent Review Panel supporting the review of Air Quality Direction Feasibility Studies.

Jo leads on the development and delivery of IAQM-accredited CPD training on Air Quality Management, runs a Masters level module in Air Quality Management, and lectures on Air Quality on a number of interdisciplinary modules across UWE. Jo has also lectured in GIS, in which she has an MSc.  Jo is the Programme Leader for the IES-, IEMA- and CIWEM-accredited MSc Environmental Management (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F1N21) and MSc Environmental Consultancy (http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/F90012) programmes. She is also an External Examiner for the Open University's MSc Environmental Management.

Jo is currently Director of Studies for Louis Brown's PhD research investigating traffic-related air pollution and policy interventions in the vicinity of UK schools, and 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).

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, the Department's Researcher of the Year 2014/15, and Researcher with Impact in the 2015 UWE Staff Awards.

Area of expertise

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

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