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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 Jim McKenna

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.

Dr Chris Kay

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.

Professor John O'Hara


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

Dr Eric Brymer


Eric Brymer is a Reader at Leeds Beckett University, UK.  He specialises in researching the reciprocal nature of wellbeing outcomes from nature-based activities. He holds a PhD in Psychology with Outdoor and Adventure Studies, a Master’s degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and post graduate degrees in Education and Business. He also holds international research positions in health and outdoor studies. Eric has been involved in the outdoor and adventure field for over 30 years.

Louise Sutton

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.

Dr John Allan

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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