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Department of Management

Dr Jo Bowler

Dr Jo Bowler

Research Impact Fellow



Dr Jo Bowler joined the University of Exeter Business School in 2024 as a Research Impact Fellow on the Developing Business Aware Academics project.

Jo is interested in the connection between research and industry and the development of initiatives to translate research ideas and innovations into real-world impact.

In her current role, she works in collaboration with the Chartered Association of Business Schools as well as university and industry partners to identify, develop and evaluate new initiatives that build entrepreneurial mindsets, skills and networks.

Jo has extensive experience in scientific engagement, research and communications in roles across industry, academia and the non-profit sector in the UK and internationally.

Jo previously conducted post-doctoral research in evolutionary biomechanics at the University of Manchester and received her PhD in equine biomechanics from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.


  • PhD
  • BSc (Hons) 


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Journal articles

Lichtwark GA, Watson JC, Mavrommatis S, Wilson AM (2009). Intensity of activation and timing of deactivation modulate elastic energy storage and release in a pennate muscle and account for gait-specific initiation of limb protraction in the horse. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212(15), 2454-2463. Abstract.
Watson J, Payne R, Chamberlain A, Jones R, Sellers WI (2009). The kinematics of load carrying in humans and great apes: implications for the evolution of human bipedalism. Folia Primatol (Basel), 80(5), 309-328. Abstract.  Author URL.
Watson JC, Payne RC, Chamberlain AT, Jones RK, Sellers WI (2008). The energetic costs of load-carrying and the evolution of bipedalism. Journal of Human Evolution, 54(5), 675-683.
Watson J, Payne R, Chamberlain A, Jones R, Sellers W (2007). The role of load carrying in the evolution of bipedal locomotion. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 146(4), S108-S109.
Watson JC, Wilson AM (2006). Muscle architecture of biceps brachii, triceps brachii and supraspinatus in the horse. Journal of Anatomy, 210(1), 32-40. Abstract.
Wilson AM, Watson JC, Lichtwark GA (2003). A catapult action for rapid limb protraction. Nature, 421(6918), 35-36.


Watson J, Payne R, Chamberlain A, Jones R, Sellers W (2010). The Influence of Load Carrying on Gait Parameters in Humans and Apes: Implications for the Evolution of Human Bipedalism. In  (Ed) Primate Locomotion, Springer New York, 109-134.

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