PhD Students


Candice Lingam-Willgoss (supervisors Dr Caroline Heaney, Dr Sam Murphy, Dr Karen Howells, and Prof Martin Pulley) is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on risk and transitional experiences of elite sports women

Jess Pinchbeck (supervisors Dr Alex Twitchen, Dr Sam Murphy and Prof Martin Toms) is currently undertaking a PhD which comprises an ethnographic case study of a women’s netball club and within this a particular focus on the role of the family in female sports participation.

Linda Plowright (supervisors Dr Grace Clifton, Prof Kieron O’Sheehy and Ben Oakley) is currently undertaking a PhD comprising a phenomenological study of how a group of 7-11 year old co-researchers experience physical activity in their free choice time. She is particularly interested in their sources of enjoyment and the potential for fresh insights that might be gained by taking an embodied approach to physical activity.


Dr Dave Scott (supervisors Dr Helen Owton, Prof Kath Woodward and Ben Oakley) completed his PhD in 2017 at the Open University which was a phenomenologically-inspired exploration of individuals’ experiences of sport-for-development courses.

Dr Caroline Heaney (supervisors Dr Claire Rostron, Dr Alison Greene and Dr Natalie Walker) completed her PhD in 2015 at the Open University which was focused on the psychological aspects of sports injury, with a particular focus on the education and training of sports injury rehabilitation professionals such as physiotherapists.

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