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Current Research Students:

  • Marie Antritsou: Self Determination and Motivation in Disability Sport and Recreation
  • Daniel Bates: Demystifying Community Sport Development
    Dan Bates currently balances his time between PhD studies, part-time lecturing, and work as a Senior Youth Worker for a youth and community charity in York. Prior to these roles he has worked with a variety of Community Sport, Sports Consultancy, and charitable organisations in both paid and voluntary positions. His PhD examines the social objectives sought through Community Sport Development, drawing upon critical social theory to inform a critique of the empowering capacity of CSD projects. Through his research Dan hopes to demystify a currently ambiguous and contested field both conceptually and in practice, whilst also facilitating research informed practice.
  • David Cooke
    David started as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Carnegie faculty in September of this year, teaching part time whilst completing a PhD over four years. David's background is in secondary education having taught PE for 6 years in a variety of school contexts ranging from an inner city comprehensive in Newcastle Upon Tyne to high achieving independent boarding schools in York and Shropshire. David’s research interests and proposed PhD are fuelled by his school based experiences as a teacher of PE and Head of Department. He is interested in the influence of school context on notions of outstanding pedagogy, and will be looking to explore this across different schools, as well as teachers' views (e.g. newly qualified teachers, teachers of PE, Heads of Department and Senior Leaders). At a time of more stringent assessment of teachers and the introduction of performance related pay in secondary schools, coupled with increasing media coverage of OFSTED's involvement in school assessment and an ever complicated funding structure including academies and free schools, the study will aim to assess the impact of contextual issues on notions of best practice or 'outstanding pedagogy'.
    Supervisory team: Director of Studies Professor Anne Flintoff; supervisor Dr Tom Quarmby.
  • Jackie GallagherSport Education and Critical Enquiry: A feminist pedagogy.
  • Claudia Aguirre Giralt
  • Gareth Heritage: Gareth holds a masters in music as well as the PGCE, the PGCert in education leadership and management, and the PGDip in humanities. Gareth is a qualified teacher, examiner and Fellow of the London College of Music [FLCM]. For the pat seven years Gareth taught secondary school music before establishing a successful tuition/consultation business. Currently, Gareth lecturers at a college in Central London and teaches at a school in Essex.
    Gareth’s research is in metal music studies; specifically 1980s heavy metal cultures and metal masculine identities. Gareth's PhD thesis historically process-traces the development of hypermasculinity in 1980s heavy metal and challenges the definition of hypermasculinity in metal music studies discourse. Using musicological and structuralist methodologies, Gareth is gathering evidence to uncover the relationship between bands, fans, and the media in 1980s heavy metal subgenres, whilst aiming to prove 1980s heavy metal to be a simulation within a hyperreality. Gareth is an editorial assistant and peer-reviewer for the Metal Music Studies journal.
  • Tabo HuntleyIdentifying and Developing Coaching expertise: Experiences from a UK Paralympic environment
  • Leila JancovichAsk the audience - an examination into policy and practice on participatory decision making in the arts
    Leila Jancovich worked for 20 years in the arts and festivals sector as a producer, researcher and policy maker. She has undertaken research and consultancy for Arts Council England, Arts About Manchester, Cultural Olympiad, Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, Manchester City Council and numerous arts organisations. She is currently undertaking research on organisational change for West Yorkshire Playhouse and evaluating the Right Up Our Street programme in Doncaster. Her PhD explores the growth of public participation in decision making in policy making and applies this to the arts. Her most recent publications include “Great Art for Everyone? Engagement and participation policy in the Arts” (2011) published in Cultural Trends and “Cultural Policy in the Public Eye” (2012) published in the Journal of Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. She also co-edited a special edition of Cultural Trends on participation and engagement in the arts which was published in 2013.
  • Te Fang Juan: Sport Policy and Provision Opportunity for People with Disabilities: A Comparative Study of Policy
  • Sabina Khan
  • Viji Kuppan: But We All Wear The Same Shirt Don't We? An intersectional study of disability, 'race', ethnicity and gender in the fandom of men's professional English football.
    Viji Kuppan has had a diverse background working in business, health and education. Most recently he studied an MA at the University of Leeds in Racism, Ethnicity and Disability Studies. The inspiration for the PhD study drew from his sociological imagination as a black disabled man with a personal history as an active sports participant, a recognition that 'private concerns' can intersect with some of the dilemmas and barriers faced by other black and disabled people. Part of the project's distinctiveness, is that it is working towards extending the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge, bringing together Critical Race Theory and the Social model of Disability to understand the complexity of intersecting social locations; something not attempted before within Sports and Leisure scholarship.
  • Ellie May: An exploration of Sports Volunteering and Disability at the 2012 Paralympic
    Ellie holds a MSc in Social Research and Evaluation (University of Huddersfield), PG Diploma in Human Resource Management (Leeds Beckett University) and a BA (Hons) Tourism Management (Leeds Beckett University). Her PhD research explores volunteerism at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The research aims to offer insights into the profiles of volunteers whilst also exploring volunteers’ understandings and perceptions of disability, disability sport and athletes with disabilities. Research undertaken involves serial qualitative interviews (before, during, after and 12 months after the Paralympic Games) with a cohort of 26 volunteers over a period of 18 months. The research study was approved by the International Paralympic Committee.
  • Jocelyn Murtell: Hanging out and taking pictures: Leisure space and the image making practices of teenage girls
  • Sarah Pinder
    Sarah joined the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University in September 2007 having taught Physical Education in secondary schools for 5 years. Alongside teaching, Sarah also has extensive coaching experience especially within the field of netball and trampolining. Her PhD is concerned with the role and impact of adult-child touch in PE pedagogy, and the discourses about child safety that surround it. Currently literature in sports coaching defines every act of adult-child touch as suspicious, so inevitability, the position of coaches is central to the furore. Sarah’s study seeks to extend this work by focusing on PE, where there has been little research focusing on the nature of physical interactions between teachers and pupils within physical education, and where arguably, 'instructional context' could be deemed essential to the teaching and learning process. The study aims to provide insights into how and where 'positive' touch can be, and is, used by teachers in their pedagogy, ultimately helping children to begin to recognise the difference between this, and inappropriate touch.
    Supervisory team is Director of Studies: Professor Anne Flintoff; supervisors: Dr Hayley Fitzgerald and Dr Melanie Lang (external)
  • AJ Rankin: It’s not as simple as black and white”. Ethnicity and coaching in the UK.
    AJ Rankin is now in her final year of a full time PhD, in which she is exploring racial and gender equality and diversity in sport coaching in selected national governing bodies (NGBs) in the United Kingdom (UK). The methodology is framed by Critical Race Theory informed by a black feminist standpoint. AJ has also been part of a research team working for Sports Coach UK which explored coaching aspirations and experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) male and female coaches in four sports. Her current research interests are focused on sport and include ‘race’ and ethnicity, gender, inclusion/exclusion in sport, the cultures of sport and the diversity in sports management and coaching. She is particularly interested in qualitative research methods and the key theoretical concerns and core methodological issues concerned with interdisciplinary research.
  • Nathan Reid
  • Ronnie Richards: Acid house culture, life-course and their relationship to the concept of utopia.
  • Gabby Riches: The role and significance moshpits play in the lives of female metal fans in Leeds, United Kingdom and Edmonton, Canada.
  • Spencer SwainKhat chewing and Dark Leisure: An ethnography of Liminal Spaces, Liquid Modernity and Resistance.
    I was born and raised in Sheffield, but have spent the whole of my university life in Leeds. Throughout this journey I have developed a keen interest in the fields of leisure and culture in conjecture with contemporary and classical social theory. Outside of studying I enjoy spending time with family, reading and playing sport. My research explores the concept of Dark Leisure, Liquid Modernity, Liminal Spaces and Resistance through the cultural prism of khat chewing within the Somali community, specifically focussing on males aged 18-26. By performing in-depth ethnographic fieldwork I hope to interpret the role of khat chewing through the politics of differentiation, focussing on the sociological concepts of space, freedom, identity, masculinity and resistance. While using my findings to analyse the social construction of Dark Leisure and evaluate the philosophical debates surrounding the paradox of leisure within the current epoch of modernity.
  • Lee Tucker: Sunday league football and transformative spaces for social change.
  • Ezenwa Ukeje: Football Racism and Disorder in England

Recent Completions include:

  • James CherringtonBody Talk. An exploration of bodily identity in sports participation.
  • Rachel DilleyIdentity, physicality and subculture: An exploration of women climbers' experiences of gendered space.
  • Scarlett DruryQueering Sport? The Dynamics of Homophobic and Heteronormative Discourses in ‘Gay’ Football.
  • Jack FawbertRepresentations of change: Class, community, culture and replica football shirts (a case study).
  • Thomas FletcherGlobalisation and sport: National identity in a multi-national United Kingdom. Does localised difference amount to global resistance?
  • Simon GardinerSport and the Law
  • Katherine HughesA sustainable Sports Development Legacy: an Olympic Promise or an Olympic Dream?
  • Stefan LawrenceExploring the differing representations of whiteness, masculinities and Otherness: Men’s magazines, racialisation and athletic bodies.
  • Jon LaurencicTour of Yorkshire: Cycling tourism, performativity, identity and leisure cycling subcultures
  • Jon Laurencic: Exploring the relationship between leisure involvement and sense of online community.
  • Oscar MwangaEmpowerment through sport: Understanding (dis)empowerment through sport for people living with HIV/AIDS in Zambia.
  • Annette Stride: Telling Tales of Difference? Exploring South Asian, Muslim girls experiences of Physical Education, sport and physical activity.
  • Konstantinos Zervas: A sociological study of anti-Olympic movements and the social implications of elite sporting spectacles.

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