Dr Patrick Esser


Reader in Sport and Rehabilitation Technology

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Patrick Esser


Dr Patrick Esser, Reader, is the Director of the Centre for Movement, Occupation and Rehabilitation Sciences (MORES) at Oxford Brookes University, where he leads the Movement Science theme. 

Patrick has been trained in Mechanical Engineering and Medical Technology in the Netherlands. He then went on to complete his PhD in Clinical Biomechanics, during which he created easy and objective assessment tools for measuring the quality and quantity of movement in neurological conditions.

His academic activities include research and knowledge exchange, where he takes the lead in multidisciplinary teams developing and evaluating bespoke hard- and software solutions for real-world medical applications. In addition, Patrick is involved in the development and evaluation of novel technological-based products from commercial entities.

Patrick also sits on various steering group committees (e.g. OxInAHR & Alzheimer's Research UK Thames Valley Network Centre) and actively engages with outfacing knowledge exchange activities (e.g. Faculty Innovation Team) such as start-up companies under InnovationUK funding schemes.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Sports Degrees

  • Independent Studies 1 (Sem1&2)
  • Independent Studies 2 (Sem1&2)
  • Emerging Technology in Exercise and Health
  • Project / Dissertation

Physiotherapy Degree: 

  • Human Movement and Dysfunction 
  • Specialist & Advanced Physiotherapy 

Biomedical & Medical Sciences Degree:

  • Research Methods
  • Independent Studies
  • Project Dissertation


At the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS), we recognise the immense potential of aspiring researchers like you and believe that your contribution could significantly impact the future of our end-users and stakeholders. 

If you possess a strong academic background, a curious and inquisitive mind and a desire to engage in groundbreaking research, I encourage you to consider applying to one of our PhD programmes by contacting me at the details at the top of this website.


Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Sam Burden Cardiac function of the left ventricle in obese adolescents with the establishment of links to metabolic health and physiological and perceptual exercise responses Active
Ed Daly Concussion characterisation using current concussion diagnosis and evaluation measures compared to novel objective testing methods Active
Josh Eales Changing the rules of the game: A longitudinal investigation on the implementation of ecological dynamics within a Premier League football club Active
Daniel Newcombe The Environment Design Framework: Bridging the gap between the theoretical understanding and the practical application of constraints-led approach Active
Zoe Taylor Power training for fall rehabilitation and prevention in over 56s and comparisons of recovery mechanisms for loss of balance between fallers and non-fallers Active


ResearchGate (link)

GoogleScholar (link)

Centres and institutes



  • Exploration of lifestyle including dietary patterns on later life quality of movement

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • “A Natural History Study of Congenital Myasthenic Syndromes, to establish reliable outcome measures suitable for clinical and research assessment” (led by OUHNFT) (01/02/2022 - 31/01/2024), funded by: Amplo Biotechnolgy Inc, funding amount received by Brookes: £0


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford - Committee Member
  • The Society for Research in Rehabilitation (SRR) - Member
  • European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) - Member
  • European Group for Research into Elderly and Physical Activity (EGRAPA) - Member