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PhD projects

Gender and Sport/leisure
Violence Against Women and Girls
Misogyny and Sexual Harassment in Education and Sport and Leisure Settings
Pre-school enrichment, Concerted Cultivation and Inequalities


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Personal profile


I am a Professor of Sociology and Deputy Dean for PG Student Experience and Research Environment in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Roehampton, with strategic and operational oversight of social sciences (criminology, sociology, international relations), history and politics. Alongside this I have strategic responsibilities for PG Student Experience and research culture in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to joining Roehampton, I was Head of Social Sciences and Nursing, and Head of Social Sciences, Education and Psychology at Solent University and Faculty Research Lead.

My research focuses on understanding social inequalities in sport and leisure, providing a sociological theoretical analysis of inequality and power relations. Drawing on qualitative data from women and girls involved in sport, I have published articles in several international journals on women's cricket, martial arts, leadership and sport.  I am the author of a monograph Women's Cricket and Global Processes, the first academic text to provide a sociological global analysis/explanation of the emergence and development of women's cricket. I have co-authored texts, Gender Equity in UK Sport Leadership and Governance and Figurational Research in Sport, Leisure and Health. This body of research within sociology provides an academic understanding of gender and power in sport participation to leadership.

I am currently (2023) involved in two collaborative projects which include understanding female students' experiences of sexual harm in Higher Education contexts, and the use of Bystander Interventions to address cultural awareness and ways to address gender regimes in Higher Education cultures. The second project is understanding pre-school commerical enrichment activities and considering how the development of these activities reflects forms in intensive parenting and may contribute to long-term gaps in participation around socio-economic status, gender and opportunity.

Other research-related activity includes PhD supervision, and I am one of the co-founders of the critical pedagogies in sport network and I am a member of the Cricket Research Network which formed in response to the ICEC report in equity in cricket.

I commit to several academic citizenship activities, peer reviewing for sociology and sport journals, and I sit on the advisory editorial board for Leisure Studies.


Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Women, Cricket and Gender Relations, Brunel University,London,United Kingdom

31 Oct 20035 May 2007

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Sociology of Sport, MA, A Sociological Analysis of Women's Cricket, University of Leicester

1 Sept 20011 Sept 2002

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

Sport and English , BA (Hons), Media Representations of Women at Sydney Olympics, Liverpool Hope University

1 Oct 19981 Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

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