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Personal profile

I am lecturer in sociology of sport and the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching degree.  My research interests are focused primarily on athletic identity construction, confirmation and maintenance and the challenges associated with these processes.  In doing so, I focus on the embodied lives of athletes and how they narratively construct their identities over time. However, my broader interests are around inequity, inequality and discrimination in sport and exercise subcultures. 

I have worked with SportScotland to provide educational material for sports coaches on gender equity. I have also worked with British Blind Sport on their First Steps project to enable visually impaired children across the UK to engage in physical activity.

As part of my outreach work, I am part of the Active Girls Dundee working group, which is supporting Active Schools Coordinators to provide more equitable sport and physical activity opportunities for girls.  I am also on the Scottish Gymnastics Board Advisory Group for Governance, the Advisory Board for Cambridge Scholars Publishing Group and I am an Athena SWAN panelist.

Before joining Abertay in 2014, I carried out my doctoral research at Cardiff Metropolitan University.  This work explored the embodied lives and narratives of trampoline gymnasts over the course of their career.  Prior to this, I completed an MA in Sport, Culture and Society and BSc (Hons) in Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


Currently, I am teaching on and leading a range of modules associated with the discipline areas of sociology of sport, sport politics, sport history, sport psychology, sport development, sport coaching and research methods.

Module Leader for:

SPS101 Social sciences for sport and exercise 

SPS312 Research Methods

SPS405 Social issues in sporting contexts


Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching

Research interests

My research interests include, but are not limited to:

Identity construction in sporting subcultutres

Changes in sporting identities in and over time

Experiences of embodiment in sport, exercise and physical activity 

Children and young people in sport, physical activity and exercise

Narrative research

Phenomenological research

Qualitative research methods

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Research Output 2015 2019

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  • 5 Article
  • 1 Chapter
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Researching a segmented market: reflections on telephone interviewing

Lord, R., Bolton, N., Fleming, S. & Anderson, M., 19 Jul 2016, In : Management Research Review. 39, 7, p. 786-802 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Segmented markets
Market segments
Focus groups

Care and touch in trampoline gymnastics: reflections and analysis from the UK

Hardman, A., Bailey, J. & Lord, R., 2015, Touch in sports coaching and physical education: fear, risk, and moral panic. Piper, H. (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 151-166 16 p. (Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and society; no. 35).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A mixed methods exploration of the gendered perspectives of female sports coaches

Author: Murray, P., Sep 2016

Supervisor: Lorimer, R. (Supervisor) & Lord, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis