Dr Darren James

Dr Darren James

Research Fellow

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    020 7815 7935
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    Applied Sciences / Human Sciences

Darren studied Sport and Exercise Science as an undergraduate and progressed onto doctoral study where his thesis concerned the mechanical characteristics of barefoot and footwear-mediated gait. Culminating from this research was FitFlop™ footwear and he continues to work with the Company in progressive research and development. His main scientific interest concerns the science of walking, specifically, how we adapt to acute and chronic perturbations, and interventions to improve function.

He has published his work in internationally-recognised Journals, supervises PhD programmes within his area of expertise and teaches undergraduate biomechanics.

Incorporating research and enterprise into the student experience is a key driver to Darren's method of teaching. In doing so, the diverse career opportunities that lie ahead with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Science are recognised by the student.

His teaching areas are:

  • Kinesiology (Level 4)
  • Biomechanics (Level 5)
  • Clinical and Applied Biomechanics (Level 6)
  • Research Project (Level 6)

Darren's research interests evolve around gait, and can be summarised under four themes: non-linear dynamics of movement, neuro-mechanical function, footwear development and stroke rehabilitation. His most recent funding is from the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society for a study investigating the neural adaptations in response to electrical stimulation of the intrinsic foot musculature.

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