PhD Scholarship – Sociology of Sport, Sport Development, and/or Physical Education

The Sustainable Sport Development and Well-Being research group at the University of St Mark & St John is seeking applications from interested students for undertaking a funded PhD scholarship in sport, health and/or well-being.

Applications are welcome from students interested in undertaking empirically grounded, theoretically driven, industry relevant, and socially impactful research that can inform and enable inclusive policy formations towards the effective incorporation of the range of sport-related products and services into sustainable development strategies for individual and community well-being, capacity-building and social change. More specifically, the University is looking for a motivated student interested in undertaking doctoral study aligned with any of the key themes of the research group:

  • Strategy – Planning for the strategic management of sport and leisure organisations and enabling the effective leveraging of resulting benefits
  • Inclusive Governance – Promoting inclusiveness of minority physical activities
  • Embodiment – Fostering meanings and identities of sport and leisure participants
  • Sustainability – Determining the economic, social and environmental impacts of sport and event tourism as well as enhancing and sustaining their value
  • Community Capacity – Building local capacities to create and deliver sport and leisure opportunities, health services as well as event tourist experiences
  • Quality of life – Assessing the contribution of sport, leisure and event tourism to subjective and collective well-being
  • Education – Examining teaching and learning within sport coaching, physical education, and physical activity health promotion

Initial and/or informal enquires can be directed to Vassilios Ziakas, Associate Professor in Sport Management (, Aaron Beacom, Reader in Sport & International Relations (, or Kass Gibson, Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education(


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