Dr Beccy Watson, Reader

Dr Beccy Watson


Dr Beccy Watson is a Reader in the Carnegie School of Sport. Beccy’s research focuses on interrelationships between gender, 'race' and class and informs work on leisure, identities and intersectional approaches in the critical, social analysis of leisure and sport. She is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Research Centre and the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.

Beccy is the Academic Lead for the Graduate School at Leeds Beckett and is currently supervising Research Students across leisure, sport, dance and performance. She is also responsible for staff development programmes across Research Student Supervision and Researcher Development. She teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate modules focusing on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across leisure and sport. Beccy was a Managing Editor for the Routledge Journal Leisure Studies between 2007 and 2014. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Leisure Sciences.

Dr Beccy Watson, Reader

Selected Outputs

  • Long J; Fletcher T; Watson B (2017) Introducing sport, leisure and social justice. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice.

  • Wetherly P; Watson R; Long JA (2017) Principles of Social Justice for Sport and Leisure. In: Long J; Fletcher T; Watson R ed. Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge,

  • Watson R (2017) Thinking Intersectionally and Why Difference (Still) Matters in Feminist Leisure and Sport Research. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. pp. 313-334.

  • Watson R; scraton S (2017) Re-confronting whiteness: Ongoing challenges in sport and leisure research. In: Race, Gender and Sport. Routledge, pp. 85-106.

  • Watson R; Rodley I (2015) Dazzling yet invisible? The curious cultural location of boys in cheerdance. In: Hällgren C; Dunkels K; Frånberg G-M ed. Invisible Boy: The Making of Contemporary Masculinities.

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  • Scraton S; Watson B (2013) Older Age, Family and Leisure. In: Bialeschki MD; Freysinger VJ; Henderson KA; Shaw SM ed. Leisure, Women, and Gender. Pennsylvania: Venture,

  • Watson R (2018) Young people doing dance doing gender: relational analysis and thinking intersectionally. Sport, Education and Society, 23 (7), pp. 652-663.


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  • Watson R; Lashua BD; Trevorrow P (2016) What difference does dance make? Critical conversations across dance, physical activity and public health. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 8 (4), pp. 681-693.


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  • Watson B; Scraton SJ (2013) Leisure studies and intersectionality. Leisure Studies, 32 (1), pp. 35-47.


  • Watson R; Tucker L; Drury S (2013) Can we make a difference? Examining the transformative potential of sport and active recreation. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16 (10),


  • Watson B; Ratna A (2011) Bollywood in the park: Thinking intersectionally about public leisure space. Leisure/ Loisir, 35 (1), pp. 71-86.


  • Ratna A; Watson B (2011) Bollywood in the Park: Thinking Intersectionally about Public Leisure Space. , 35 (1), pp. 71-86.

  • Watson B (2010) Researching leisure: a comment on some methodological approaches and assertions. Leisure Studies, 29 (4), pp. 355-360.


  • Watson B; Cherrington J (2010) Shooting a Diary, Not Just a Hoop: Using Video Diaries to Explore the Embodied Everyday Contexts of a University Basketball Team. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2 (2), pp. 267-281.


  • Watson B (2010) What about us? Examining popular music, leisure and urban arts policy in the post-industrial city. Annals of leisure research, 13 (3), pp. 459-475.

  • Watson B; Scraton S (2001) Confronting whiteness? Researching the leisure lives of South Asian mothers. Journal of Gender Studies, 10 (3), pp. 265-277.

  • Watson R; Caudwell J; Wheaton B; Mansfield L (2017) New Premier League season begins … but child abuse scandal hangs heavy over football.

  • Watson R; Mansfield L; Caudwell J; wheaton B (2017) Sportswomen still face sexism, but feminism can help achieve a level playing field.

  • (2018) The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Palgrave Macmillan UK.

  • eds. Long JA; Fletcher T; Watson R (2017) Sport, Leisure and Social Justice.

  • eds. Watson B; Harpin J (2011) Identities, Cultures and Voices in Leisure and Sport. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.