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Dr John Buckley

PositionRCUK Research Fellow
LocationC0.15b Chesham building
DepartmentBradford School of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234641

Research Interests (key words only)

movement control, biomechanical adaptations and/or compensatory mechanisms used for locomotion in individuals with musculo-skeletal abnormalities, problems or dysfunction, and/or in those with sensory impairment

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Engineering.


After a short spell as a Clinical Biomechanist at Withington Hospital, Manchester, he came to the University of Bradford in 2002 to undertake a 3-year post-doctoral position in the Department of Optometry investigating the link between visual impairment, the biomechanics of gait and posture, and falls in the elderly.

He then completed 3 years as a Senior Research Fellow (funded by The Health Foundation), before being appointed to his current position of RCUK Academic Fellow in Medical and Healthcare Technology, in the School of Engineering, Design and Technology.

The aim of this 5-year RCUK Fellowship is to consolidate the collaborative and interdisciplinary work of the Vision and Mobility/Biomechanics Research Group across the Schools of Life Sciences (Optometry and Vision Science), Engineering, Design and Technology (Medical and Healthcare Technology), and Health Studies (Rehabilitation Studies).

Study History

John was awarded his PhD, which was concerned with prosthetic design influences on gait biomechanics in active lower-limb amputees, in 2000.

Research Areas

His research has been supported by grants/fellowships from RCUK, EPSRC, The Health Foundation, and the Department of Health. He has also received industrial support from Chas A Blatchford & Sons (manufacturers of artificial limbs).

He has supervised 7 students to successful PhD completion, and is currently supervising 2 PhD students, and 1 post-doctoral RA.

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