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About Julian North

Julian has been a social researcher for 20 years in a variety of policy, practice and academic roles in Australia and the UK.

He has worked for the Australian Sports Commission, UK Sport and Sports Coach UK. He has undertaken freelance consultancy work for a variety of public and private clients. Previous to moving into the sports sector he undertook research on enterprise, labour markets and social inclusion for a number of public and academic organisations.

He has experience conducting and commissioning a wide range of research projects using different philosophical and methodological strategies and has authored numerous articles, reports, book chapters and a book published by Routledge.

He was recently or is currently working on research and consultancy projects with the European Union, UK Sport, the Football Association, the British Canoe Union and GB Canoeing. Previous clients include the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, British Gymnastics, and the Rugby Football League.

Research Interests

Julian has undertaken research in a number of different areas related to participant and player development and coaching.
For example:

Recent work with the British Canoe Union, British Gymnastics and the Rugby Football League on participant and performer segmentation models which helps these governing bodies to more effectively articulate their strategic and operational priorities, and maximise their investments.

Recent work with the Football Association on player development pathways and how coaches contribute to this at different ages/stages.

Current work exploring notions of coaching practice and coaching effectiveness in Canoe Slalom using the philosophical and social theoretical framework of Critical Realism.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (3)

Chapters (1)

  • North J (2013) A critical realist approach to theorising coaching practice. In: Potrac P; Gilbert WD; Dennison J The Routledge Handbook of Sports Coaching. London: Routledge, pp. .
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