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Our research teams

We are able to bring together cross-disciplinary research teams to suit the scope of individual projects.

Key colleagues working with Carnegie Great Outdoors on recent projects include:

Professor of Sport

Jim McKenna is Carnegie Professor of Physical Activity and Health and Head of the Active Lifestyles Research Centre in the Carnegie Faculty.

Research Fellow

Chris oversees the research and evaluation of a number of our courses. These studies seek to provide evidenced based information on the intended outcome measures of each bespoke programme. He holds a PhD in neurobiology and is also outdoor activities instructor.


John O'Hara is a Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology. His research interests are in the area of sport performance, including: carbohydrate metabolism; physiological changes at high altitude; hydration status; global position tracking.

PhD Student

Chris is a PhD student working on a project investigating the transfer of learning from adventure education residential programmes. His previous studies have explored outdoor adventure within schools and teacher education programmes. This work draws on his experience as an outdoor practitioner.

Head of Subject

Head of Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Louise has a diverse applied work profile alongside her academic role. With a background in clinical dietetics she has a particular interest in the practical application of sport dietetics in elite and extreme environments.

Senior Lecturer

John is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Outdoor Education (OE). As an academic and outdoor practitioner, he leads undergraduate courses and modules on Masters programmes in OE. His area of research centres on positive psychology and resilience building through adventure.

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