Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Jim House

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) PhD CBiol MSB
  • Role Title: Reader in Environmental Physiology
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5148
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Portsmouth, I joined UoP in May 2008 after an 18 year research career at the Royal Navy's Institute of Naval Medicine investigating aspects of operational performance and survival in extreme environments, particularly in relation to operations in hot climates. A consultant advisor to UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, I was involved in most Olympic and Paralympics Sports’ preparations for the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics between 2004 and 2008. I am currently working on a series of contracted research programmes primarily in occupational physiology.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the unit coordinator for the MSc Research Project for all the Masters Programmes and for the MSc Environmental Factors Affecting Sports Performance Unit. I also supervise various undergraduate research projects, individual MSc, MPhil and PhD students and teaches on various modules related to thermal and occupational physiology, research ethics and research design.

Member of the Department of Sport and Exercise Science Health and Safety Committee

Chair of the Departmental Scientific and Ethical Review Committee

Vice-Chair of the Science Faculty Ethics Committee

External Examiner for: Coventry University - Biomolecular & Sports Sciences Department

University of Wollongong - Centre for Human and Applied Physiology.


My contracted research is in two main strands, occupational fitness standards and survival and thermal physiology. Current funding bodies include the Energy Institute and the Ministry of Defence. With the assistance of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, I also conduct research into novel methods of cooling humans, particularly in relation to military personnel and those wearing protective clothing.


Research profile

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