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Dr Jo Barnes - University Alliance. Bristol, England, GB

Dr Jo Barnes

Senior Research Fellow in Air Quality | UWE Bristol

Bristol, England, UNITED KINGDOM

Her research is in policy, management and behaviour change related to improving air quality.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Low Emissions


Air Quality


Traffic Pollution


Dr Jo Barnes is Senior Research Fellow in Air Quality in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at UWE Bristol. Her research is into policy, management and behaviour change related to improving air quality. She studies how best to drive policy change in the quality of air and she works with citizens and interest groups to address what can be done to enact positive change. Alongside this she explores the impacts of air pollution on different and more vulnerable parts of society such as the elderly, children, pregnant women and those in low socioeconomic status. Much of her analysis relates to pollution from road traffic in urban areas.

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. She also served for many years on the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environmental Chemistry Group Committee, as Honorary Secretary and, latterly, as Honorary Treasurer. She was awarded the Nurul Leksmono Memorial Award for her PhD thesis on the effectiveness of Local Air Quality Management. Jo is 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 as part of the EU ClairCity project.

Jo runs an IAQM-accredited CPD training on Air Quality Management and 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.

Media Mentions (2)

How the air we breathe is a matter of equality

The Bristol Cable  online


Dr Jo Barnes, who led the study at UWE, said: “The differential between those who are generating the emissions, and those who are suffering from them is something we need to tackle very keenly.”

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The damaging impact of traffic on our health

The Independent  online


The diesel emissions scandal may have major legal and financial implications for the world’s motor manufacturers. But for experts like Dr Jo Barnes, Research Fellow at the University of the West of England’s Air Quality Management Resource Centre, it has shone a welcome light upon the damaging impact of traffic on our health.

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Multimedia Appearances





The Invisible City - Jo Barnes



Education (3)

UWE Bristol: Ph.D., Philosophy 2014

Birkbeck College, University of London: M.Sc., Geographical Information Science 2006

University of Plymouth: B.Sc., Environmental Resource Management 2004

Affiliations (3)

  • Member, Institution of Environmental Sciences
  • Member, Institute of Air Quality Management
  • Member, Environmental Protection UK Air Quality Committee

Articles (5)

Emissions vs exposure: Increasing injustice from road traffic-related air pollution in the United Kingdom

Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment

2020 This paper presents unique spatial analyses identifying substantial discrepancies in traffic-related emissions generation and exposure by socioeconomic and demographic groups. It demonstrates a compelling environmental and social injustice narrative with strong policy implications for the UK and beyond.

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Policy disconnect: A critical review of UK air quality policy in relation to EU and LAQM responsibilities over the last 20 years

Environmental Science & Policy

2018 This paper critically reviews United Kingdom (UK) air quality policy in relation to European and Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) responsibilities over the last 20 years. The arguments articulated in this paper highlight the gulf between national and local air quality management in the UK, including differences in legislation, legal responsibilities, scales of operation, monitoring and modelling requirements, exceedence reporting and action planning.

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Progress With Air Quality Management In The 60 Years Since The Uk Clean Air Act, 1956. Lessons, Failures, Challenges And Opportunities

International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning

2016 This paper explores the challenges, opportunities and progress made with managing air quality since the United Kingdom parliament passed the Clean Air Act, 1956. It seeks to identify the factors contributing to successful management of air quality and the factors that have acted, or continue to do so, as barriers to progress.

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A critical review of the robustness of the UK government’s Air Quality Plan and expected compliance dates

WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment

2016 Globally, poor air quality is the most significant environmental health concern. Across Europe, 400,000 deaths were attributed to air pollution in 2012, whilst in the UK over 50,000 deaths per year are due to a combination of gaseous and particulate matter air pollution.

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Local Air Quality Management policy and practice in the UK: The case for greater Public Health integration and engagement

Environmental Science & Policy

2016 The UK’s Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) regime is designed to protect people’s health from the ill-effects of air pollution, but it is failing to achieve its full potential. The Public Health aspects of, perspectives on, and integration and engagement in, LAQM have been poorly considered to date.

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