I am Reader in the Culture and History of Sport, and have taught in the sport and exercise programmes at the University of Gloucestershire since 2000. I am also Research Degrees Lead for the University's Schools of Health & Social Care, Natural & Social Sciences and Sport & Exercise as well as the Countryside and Community Research Institute.
My research to date has focussed on sporting identities, mainly in the former British Empire and post-colonising states, with an emphasis on notions of indigenousness, both on the part of first nations and other indigenous peoples and for subsequent settler populations, both voluntary and enforced settlers. Alongside that I have a continuing research strand dealing with social movements, especially sport and other cultural boycotts with a particular emphasis on sport-centred anti-apartheid movements. This work straddles the disciplinary boundaries of history and sociology, with influences from cultural studies.
Most of my teaching has focussed on historical and sociological aspects of sport, exercise and play, although I have also taught research methods for most of the time I have been in the School. At the moment, I lead the independent study project (the dissertation class) for students in our taught postgraduate programmes and teach an undergraduate class, Sport in Consumer Society. My major teaching commitment is supervising research degrees in the School of Sport and Exercise as well as in the School of Business and Management, although most of my research students work in sport, exercise and play.
As well as teaching I am also active in leading and developing research in the School. I am co-director of the Exercise & Sport Research Centre which includes most of the staff in the School as well as others in play, leisure and tourism. Over the last few years our research capacity has developed so that we are now one of the University’s most active research areas and have recently been identified as an area for investment. We are the largest unit of assessment in the University’s submission to the national review of research excellence in 2014, the research Excellence Framework.
The other aspect of research development I work on is research ethics; I have chaired the University’s Research Ethics Committee since 2006 and am currently leading the University’s work to develop both enhanced research ethics literacy and more generally to enhance our systems to support research integrity.
I have been Chair of the British Society of Sports History and am currently Vice-President of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport and also on the International Council of the New Zealand Studies Association.