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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

SPS313 Social Issues in Sport


Also teach on:

SPS400 Sport Project

SPS404 Student Negotiated Learning


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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