Professor Laurence Kenney

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Brian Blatchford Room PO43

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Current positions

Professor in Rehabilitation Technologies


Laurence Kenney graduated from the University of Salford in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 and subsequently studied for a PhD in engineering design. Since 1998 he has worked in the area of rehabilitation engineering, both in the UK and Netherlands. His research focuses on the design of rehabilitation technologies, notably prostheses and functional electrical stimulation (FES) devices, together with novel objective measures of how and when people use their devices. Much of this work has been carried out in close collaboration with his colleague, Professor David Howard, School of Science Engineering and the Environment. Most recently he has developed collaborations with Prof Ackers and colleagues in Uganda and Jordan to develop novel approaches to prosthetics in lower and middle income countries.

Laurence has been awarded over £5 million in grant funding from EPSRC, NIHR and charities and published ~ 70 journal papers. Between 2008 and 2011 he acted as an Associate Editor of Prosthetics and Orthotics International and chaired the 2019 Trent International Prosthetics Symposium. He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and chairs the Inspire Foundation National Scientific Committee. Laurence has supervised 15 PhD students (7 as lead supervisor), been involved in research contributing to the development of two new rehabilitation devices, and a spin-out company, Bet R Medical. He currently leads the £1.4 million EPSRC/NIHR funded project, with partners including UCL, Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth, University of Jordan and Makerere University in Uganda. He is school lead for REF impact and contributes to teaching in prosthetics and functional electrical stimulation.

Areas of research

Prosthetics, Real-world Evaluation of Devices, Functional Electrical Stimulation, Rehabilitation, Global Challenges


  • Prosthetics
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation

Research Interests

  • Prosthetics
  • Real-world evaluation of devices
  • Functional electrical stimulation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Global challenges

Qualifications and Memberships


  • B.Sc.(Hons), Mechanical Engineering.
  • Ph.D. 
  • CSci