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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, motor control and research methods. Modules that Dr. Barnett has led and/or contributed to include:

  • Biomechanics of Optimal Performance (SPOR40291)
  • Applied Biomechanics (SPOR30042)
  • Motor Control and Skill Acquisition

Dr Barnett conducts research as part of the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement (SHAPE) Research Centre.

Career overview

Dr. Barnett is currently an Associate Professor of 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 examined and supervised a number of Ph.D and M.Res students to completion.

Current Ph.D students:

  • Andrew Brooke: ‘Optimising the biomechanics of the cycling time trial position’.
  • Liam Hughes: 'Advanced prosthetic intervention for lower limb amputees'.
  • Helen Norris: 'Foot Biomechanics, Balance and Golf Performance'.
  • Ross Dowsett: 'Accelerating Expertise: Virtual Reality as a means of Perceptual-Cognitive Skills Training'.
  • Amy Parkinson: 'Asymmetry in sports performance and injury risk'.
  • Reece Scott: 'Bone adaptations to mechanical loading in athletes'.

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, where he is also a member of the Scientific Committee and a member of the ISPO World Congress 2023 Scientific Committee. Dr. Barnett is an Associate Editor for Prosthetics and Orthotics International where he has also acted as a Guest Editor. He is also a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journal publications including Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Gait and Posture and Medical Engineering and Physics. Dr. Barnett has also acted as an external grant reviewer for a number of funding agencies including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council.

Dr Barnett is the current Postgraduate Research Student Tutor and Deputy Unit of Assessment Co-ordinator for the C24 Unit of Assessment at NTU.

Sponsors and collaborators

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

NTU Collaborators:

  • Dr .Martin Bencsik
  • Dr. Maria Bisele

External Collaborators:

  • Dr. John Buckley - University of Bradford, UK
  • Dr. Alan De Asha - C-Motion, Inc., US
  • 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