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Cleveland Barnett

Cleveland Barnett

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr. Barnett is a member of academic staff within the Department of Sport Science in the School of Science and Technology. Dr Barnett teaches undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of biomechanics and is currently the module leader of:

  • Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (SPOR40291)
  • Applied Biomechanics (SPOR30042)

Teaching contributions also include Experimental Biomechanics (SPOR20042), Principles of Biomechanics (SPOR10042). Dr Barnett conducts research as part of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Group within the Biomedical, Life and Health Sciences Research Centre.

Career overview

Dr. Barnett is currently a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the Department of Sport Science. He was awarded his Ph.D from the University of Hull having completed his undergraduate studies at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to joining NTU, Dr. Barnett was a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Faculty of Science at the University of Hull.

Research areas

Research conducted by Dr. Barnett has centred upon understanding the adaptations, control strategies and fundamental functioning of gait, balance and postural control. A particular focus at present is on lower limb amputation.

Dr. Barnett has numerous publications in this area and has presented his research at a range of national and international research conferences. Dr. Barnett has successfully supervised a number of Ph.D and M.Res students to completion.

Current Ph.D students:

  • Miss. Olivia Brown: ‘Biomechanical risk factors and reduced bone health in lower limb amputees’.
  • Mr. Andrew Brooke: ‘Optimising the biomechanics of the cycling time trial position’.
  • Mr. Liam Hughes: 'Advanced prosthetic intervention for lower limb amputees'

Opportunities arise to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained on the NTU Research Degrees website

External activity

Dr Barnett is a member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics, and the International Society of Biomechanics.  He is also a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journal publications including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gait and Posture, Medical Engineering and Physics, and Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Dr Barnett is a member of the School of Science and Technology Non-Invasive Research Ethics Committee and the Department of Sport Science Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team.

Sponsors and collaborators

Research is currently being conducted with the funding and/or support of:

NTU Collaborators:

  • Dr .Martin Bencsik
  • Dr. Maria Bisele
  • Dr. Martin Lewis
  • Professor Craig Sale

External Collaborators:

  • Dr. John Buckley - University of Bradford, UK
  • Dr. Alan De Asha - C-Motion, Inc.
  • Dr. David Rusaw - Jönköping University, Sweden
  • Dr. Gerda Strutzenberger - University of Salzburg
  • Professor Natalie Vanicek - University of Hull, UK

Press expertise

  • Gait analysis
  • Balance and lower limb amputees
  • Falls related to balance and postural control
  • Prosthetics related to lower limb amputation, rehabilitation, and re-learning movement