Dr Jo Barnes

  • Reader in Traffic Injury Prevention
  • Mental Health First Aider

Dr Jo Barnes is a Senior Lecturer in the Transport Safety Research Centre at Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts. She specialises in health and well-being, post traumatic injury and passenger safety with a focus on bus travel. 

Jo worked in emergency healthcare and traumatic injury before moving into research. She studied at the University of Birmingham gaining a Master’s degree in Medical Science and held the position of Research Fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) Australia.

She was awarded her PhD from Loughborough University in which she explored the outcomes of injuries to survivors following road crashes. The research used a longitudinal cohort methodology to follow up victims of a crashes to measure their health and well-being outcomes over a one-year period.

Jo is a Mental Health First Aider and holds a Level 2 certificate in awareness of mental health problems (NCFE CACHE). She is also a member of the Loughborough University Women’s Network (MAIA).


Jo has led several research projects at Loughborough University including the Impact of Injury Study, the Older Public Transport Users study (OPTU) and the Targeting Road Injury Prevention study (TRIP). She has also collaborated with European Partners on the European Commission TEMPUS Programme Belarusian Road Safety Network (BeSafe) study to develop Master’s degree programmes in Road Safety at four Universities in the Republic of Belarus. 

Her research projects relate to transport safety and health and well-being of vehicle occupants explicitly to understand who and why people are injured in crashes, to determine the consequences of injury and to examine how injuries can be prevented. She has published over 70 articles and report and has received research funding of approximately £500,000.


Jo is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP).

She teaches undergraduate and post graduate students in Design Contexts, Design Research, Vehicle Safety by Design and Injury Causation in crashes.

She is also an Academic Advisor for new Lecturers.

She is an expert in Injury Coding using the Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) and an Injury Scaling Faculty Member of the Association for the Advancement for Automotive Medicine. She teaches externally on AIS Injury coding courses and was actively involved in developing the latest update to the AIS Coding Manual and training materials. She was also the only UK representative developing the AIS_ICD10 map to define serious injury for use across Europe for road safety research and target setting.

She has collaborated with colleagues from University of Surrey, University College London, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Leicester, University of Lincoln, University of Rome La Sapienza, National Technical University of Athens, Monash University in Australia, Road Safety Charities, Association for the Advancement in Automotive Medicine and Local Councils.

Jo also acts as a reviewer for various journals including, Injury, Traffic Injury Prevention and Applied Ergonomics.

Jo has a unique background in health, safety and injury analysis and has supervised PhD students to completion in the following areas; Signals Passed at Danger (SPADs) in rail incidents; Targeting road injury prevention through identifying culpable drivers causing serious road injuries; Emergency response to CBRN incidents.

She is currently supervising students exploring communication between autonomous vehicles and motorbikes, the gap between policy and practice in road safety management, functional clothing and pressure ulcer prediction.