Dr Alison Blank - is a qualitative researcher with a keen interest in hermeneutic phenomenology. I completed a fully funded post-doctoral study in 2015 exploring the meaning and experience of belonging for marginalised and socially excluded groups of people. I am currently collaborating with colleagues in the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science on the experiences of exercise and physical activity for people aged 65+. My current project is a phenomenological exploration of physical activity and the ageing body with people over 65 years. I am particularly interested in the use of reflexivity within research, social understandings of ageing and the body, and the contribution of physical leisure occupations to health, well-being and positive ageing.
Dr Rachael Bullingham – has recently completed her PhD in homophobia in women’s sport from the University of Winchester. The project updated the outcome on lesbian women competing in team sports in the United Kingdom. She has already published research on lesbian athletes competing in the American collegiate system. Rachael is one of the first people to publish on the effect and decline of homohysteria within women’s sport. She is also part of the Sport Collision Injury Collective which is a group of academics who are aiming to reduce injuries sustained in British youth sport.
Rebecca Foster, MBE – Rebecca's research profile centres around disability issues within sport. Her main interest is Deaf sport linking to pedagogy and the influence teacher training can have on disability awareness. She is also interested in mainstream P.E. and developing high quality PE provision.
Dr Christian Edwards – his research focuses on muscularity related body-image in Men and Women. The primary focus of his work has been on the drive for muscularity (DFM) and Muscle Dysmorphia. He is currently collaborating with Dr Gyozo Molnar and Dr David Tod (Liverpool John Moores University) to explore: (a) the life histories of people with high levels of DFM, and (b) how people with high DFM experience life. His published papers can be viewed at http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/view/author/Edwards=3AChristian=3A=3A.html.
Polly Lasota – she is currently completing her PhD thesis in the professional learning and development pedagogies for coaches with disabilities, including both congenital and acquired disabilities. Significant aspects of the thesis is the in-depth exploration around ‘the body’ and intersectional identities for the individuals involved.
Gill Renfree - has research interests in sport organisational politics, stakeholder relationships and sport consumerism. She is currently working on an EU Sport Erasmus + funded project focusing on developing, delivering and evaluating an innovative educational resources specifically designed to educate Generation Z on the issues relating to gender equality and equal opportunities in sport. Gill is also working on other research projects related to perceptions of equality in sport, authentic learning environments and also an ongoing project focusing on parkrun volunteer motivations and retention.
Dr Clare Rhoden – Clare’s current research focuses on psychological aspects associated with physical activity in later life. Her research is particularly interested in subjective components of ageing, awareness of age-related changes, physical activity identity, self-efficacy and emotions and how these affect whether adults engage in physical activity, sport or exercise as they age. Her research also focuses on societal influences by examining age stereotypes about physical activity and their relationship with self-perceptions of ageing. Clare coordinates the University of Worcester Active Ageing Week (September) which is associated with the International Council on Active Ageing (ICAA). Clare’s research publications can be viewed at https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/view/author/Rhoden=3AClare=3A=3A.html
Gavin Thomas – is currently researching the experiences and perceptions of women working as strength and conditioning coaches, in a typically male dominated environment. This area of research has the potential to generate impact in developing our understanding