Dr Tom Quarmby, Reader

Dr Tom Quarmby


Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education (PE) and Sport Pedagogy. His research explores the role of sport and PE for youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds, specific care experienced children and young people.

Following his PhD in 2011, Tom worked as the ‘Educational Review’ Post-doctoral Research Fellow, and later as a Lecturer in Sport, at the University of Birmingham. While completing his doctoral studies in August 2010, Tom was presented with the AIESEP Young Scholar Award at the AIESEP World Congress in La Coruna, Spain. Tom moved to Leeds in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

Current Teaching

Tom teaches on the Physical Education degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate (Masters) level. He teaches on a range of modules centred on the socio-cultural and pedagogical aspects of physical education, physical activity and sport. Tom also supervises a number of postgraduate research student projects.

Research Interests

Tom's research centres on the role of sport, physical activity and physical education (PE) for socially vulnerable youth, in particular, care experienced children and young people. More broadly, Tom is interested in exploring the influence of 'family' on young people's engagement in sport and PE, through the use of qualitative, participatory research with children and young people. Tom is also concerned with exploring PE pedagogies for socially vulnerable youth and technology, PE and issues of social justice.

Tom has received funding from research councils, charitable trusts and industry including, the British Academy, Become Charity and Sports for Schools.

Dr Tom Quarmby, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Physical Activity
  2. Physical Education
  3. Sport
  4. Family
  5. Children

Selected Outputs

  • Marttinen R; Centeio E; Quarmby T (2021) Before and After School Physical Activity Programs: Frameworks, Critical Issues and Underserved Populations. London: Routledge.