Dr AJ Rankin-Wright
About Dr AJ Rankin-Wright
AJ is an active researcher and teacher in sport coaching, specialising in racial equality, diversity and inclusion. AJ studied for her first degree in Sport at Durham University, graduating with first class honours in 2010. AJ then studied for a Postgraduate certificate in Sport, Leisure and Culture in 2012 before being awarded a three year research bursary to read for a PhD in ‘Racial and Gender Equality and Diversity in Sport Coaching’ at Leeds Beckett University. AJ joined the Sport Coaching team as a Research Officer in August 2015.
With a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research AJ has lead on and made significant contributions to innovative, applied research projects and consultancy work across sport coaching related disciplines, including coach development and education, equality and diversity and sport psychology. Fundamental parts of her role also include supporting the development of new and existing partnerships, including the International Council for Coaching Excellence and producing high quality research outputs for policy makers, sport and coaching practitioners and academic press.
AJ has experience in the ‘Sport, Leisure and Equity’ (level 5) and ‘The Sociology of Physical education’ (level 4) modules and currently supervises sport coaching undergraduate dissertation students.
AJ collaborates with researchers across Universities and practitioners from a range of national and international sport organisations, including Sports Coach UK, UK Sport, Sport Wales, Sport Northern Ireland, Sporting Equals, and national governing bodies including The Football Association, the Yorkshire Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board. Research projects are focused within the areas of: equality and diversity, ‘race’ and ethnicity, gender, sport psychology, sport coaching development and education, and the coach-athlete relationship.
AJ’s research aims to have impact; specifically her doctoral research has informed and improved racial and gender equality policy outcomes and sport coaching practice. Framed by a Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist lens, this research has advanced knowledge of 1) the current status of racial and gender equality and diversity within sport organisations and national governing bodies in the UK and 2) the experiences of black and minority ethnic men and women qualified coaches in the UK.