PhD Studentship: Socio-Historical Examinations of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Cultures, Identities and Communities.

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is offering ONE full time, fully funded, PhD studentship in the general area of socio-historical examinations of sport, physical activity and leisure cultures, identities and communities.


With a specific emphasis on sport, leisure and/or physical culture, the project will provide a critical exploration of the identity formation, localised experiences and notions of community among a chosen demographic. There has been sustained research on the lives and experiences of individual/communities, and scholarship examining sport development and interventions with marginalised social groups. Yet, there remains need for continued studies of the complex contexts in which communities reside within the United Kingdom and the roles sport and physical practices may play in these settings.

The applicant will have the opportunity to draw upon the interdisciplinary expertise and internationally leading research of the supervisory team. In addition, the applicant will be incorporated into the existing activities of the Sport, Exercise and the Body Research Interest Group, the wider University, Institute of Sport & Exercise and international University partners. It is also expected that the applicant will make connections to key stakeholders within the region with regards to local/regional councils, community groups and related support groups/networks, service providers, and sport, leisure, and physical culture groups.

While projects with a UK focus are preferred, other trans/international contexts will also be considered. Ideally, the project should also include scope for mapping current social and sport policy relevant to the chosen demographic and incorporate opportunities for the research to inform policy work and/or public engagement activity. Proposals should be theoretically informed, methodologically sound, and be contextualised

For further details and for an application form visit: 

For an informal discussion about the studentship please contact Dr Geoff Kohe (email: 

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Tony Bowen (email or tel: +44 1905 54 2182

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