• 161 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research Interests

  • Causes of hyperthermia induced physical and mental fatigue.
  • Enhancing physical and mental operational capacity in thermally stressful occupations.
  • Development and implementation of cooling strategies to enhance human performance.
  • Passive and exertional heat stress in clinical populations.
  • The effects of chronic heat stress in thermally stressful occupations.
  • Physiological and psychological determinants of occupational and sport performance.


My research has primarily focussed on improving work and exercise performance in extreme environmental conditions. I have acted as the principle investigator or co-researcher on numerous research projects assessing human performance in both occupational and sport settings for organisations such as such as Gore-tex®, European Union, Decathlon, Ministry of Defence and UK Sport/English Institute of Sport. Research has included: (1)  characterising the impact of heat stress on human performance (i.e. physiological, perceptual and cognitive responses) in both occupational and sport settings; (2) assessing thermal strain in personal protective equipment and sport clothing; (3) assessing the performance of cooling interventions designed to attenuate levels of heat strain and thermal perception; (4) predicting core temperature from indirect measures incorporated into ‘smart’ clothing; (5) validating methods to assess thermal perceptions; (6) assessment of nutritional strategies to enhance human performance in extreme environmental conditions.

In addition, whilst working at the English Institute of Sport and GB rowing I was the principle investigator of an extensive research project characterising the physiological and psychological development of talented rowers and how best to enhance, promote and support athlete development.

I have also provided physiological support in the form of physiological testing, monitoring of training, heat and altitude acclimation, and education for several recreational/national class athletes (including athletes preparing for ultra-endurance events such as the Marathon des Sables) and sport teams such as GB Rowing, British Cycling, British Swimming and England Athletics.

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Research Output

  • 161 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 5 Conference proceeding
  • 5 Article

The accuracy of the Physiological Heat Strain Index to identify individuals at risk of heat induced fatigue

Davey, S., Havenith, G. & Griggs, K., 7 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Prediction of Core Body Temperature from Multiple Variables

Richmond, V. L., Davey, S., Griggs, K. & Havenith, G., 12 Aug 2015, In : Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 59, 9, p. 1168-1178 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 20 Citations (Scopus)

    Prediction of human core body temperature using non-invasive measurement methods

    Niedermann, R., Wyss, E., Annaheim, S., Psikuta, A., Davey, S. & Rossi, R. M., 1 Jan 2014, In : International Journal of Biometeorology. 58, 1, p. 7-15 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 41 Citations (Scopus)

    Thermal perceptions and skin temperatures during continuous and intermittent ventilation of the torso throughout and after exercise in the heat

    Davey, S. L., Barwood, M. J. & Tipton, M. J., 1 Nov 2013, In : European Journal of Applied Physiology. 113, 11, p. 2723-2735 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 10 Citations (Scopus)

    The use of non-invasive measures to predict thermal strain: How accurate are universal models?

    Davey, S., Richmond, V. L., Griggs, K., Gerrett, N. & Havenith, G., 12 Feb 2013, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics, 2013 : 11-15 February, Queenstown, New Zealand. Cotter, J. D., Lucas, S. J. E. & Mudel, T. (eds.). International Society for Environmental Ergonomics, p. 263-263 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding