Department of Sport and Exercise Science


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Dr Joanna Scurr

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • Role Title: Reader, Post Graduate Research Coordinator
  • 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 Reader in Biomechanics and the biomechanics field leader. 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 Reader 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

Research Interests

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. This group has developed a unique database on the breast comfort and support requirements of hundreds of women since their 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 many of the major lingerie, sports bra, and sporting apparel manufacturers around the world. The 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 £600,000 worth of collaborative funding, journal publications, national and international research presentations and international media coverage, including television and radio.


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£350,000 Research and Knowledge Transfer projects on Breast Health with commercial collaborators (2005 onwards).

£29,000 Strategic planning group equipment funding (Jan 09).

£18,000 PhD student bursary on breast biomechanics (Jan 08).

£30,000 HEIF capacity building funding (Sept 2007).

£5,000 promising researcher grant (2007).

£25,000 Commericalise project with a local SME for product development (2006).

£4,000 product testing with Superfeet Int. (2005).

£5,000 HEIF funding for knowledge transfer activities in the area of breast biomechanics (2005).

£13,000 equipment funding from the Science Faculty research budget (2008).

£6,200 Equipment funding from internal research pot (2004).