School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science


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Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Professor in Biomechanics
  • Address: Spinnaker Building, Cambridge Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2ER
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5161
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  • Department: Department of Sport & Exercise Science
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a Professor in Biomechanics, the biomechanics field leader and Head of the Research Group in Breast Health. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Chichester (1999). I am a BASES accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist and a fellow of BASES. 

As a Professor my role focuses mainly on research having taught on many undergraduate and Master's level Biomechanics modules in the past.  I am unit coordinator for the MSc Applied Biomechanics module and supervise many undergraduate, MRes and Postgraduate research students.

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit coordinator for the MSc Applied Biomechanics module


My research interests are in the area of breast health. I head the Research Group in Breast Health internationally renowned for research on the biomechanics of the breast and bras. Our group has developed a unique database on the breast comfort and support requirements for thousands of women since our research began in 2005. The Research Group in Breast Health is responsible for more than half of the scientific publications in the area and regularly presents work internationally. My team are also well known within the commercial sector, with research projects funded by most of the major lingerie, sports bra, and sporting apparel brands around the world. Our group’s Breast Health initiatives include collaborative programmes with schools, military servicewomen, athletes and clinical populations. As head of the research group I not only aim to increase knowledge in the area, but also to raise awareness of this importance aspect of women’s health. The Research Group in Breast Health has achieved over £1m of collaborative funding, journal publications, national and international research presentations and international media coverage, including television and radio.


Research profile

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