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Dr Jim Lusted

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Dr. Jim Lusted is a Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at The Open University. He joined the department in September 2020 having previously worked in the Faculty of Business and Law as a Student Experience Manager.

Prior to joining the OU, Jim was Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Sport Studies at University of Northampton for eight years and a Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at University of Lincoln. He has also worked as a Learning Designer at Northampton and a Professional Development Advisor at University of Leicester.

Jim's area of specialism is in the sociological study of sport, focusing particularly on social inequalities and equality policies in sport settings.

Research interests

Jim's research interests revolve around a critical examination of social inequalities in sport, focusing particularly on the structural and institutionalised barriers to participation for minoritised social groups. He has undertaken commissioned research for several institutions including The Football Association, The England and Wales Cricket Board, The Youth Sport Trust, Sporting Equals, Northamptonshire Sport and the Northampton Leisure Trust.

He has a particular interest in grassroots, recreational sport, developed from his PhD thesis completed in 2009 which investigated the implementation of The FA's equality policy into grassroots football. More recently he has turned attention to the social barriers to sport coaching, having recently co-edited the Routledge collection ''Race', Ethnicity, Racism and Sport Coaching'.

Jim's full list of publications can be found on his Google Scholar profile here and his ORCID ID is available here .

Teaching interests

Jim has taught a wide range of sport related topics, particularly those related to the social scientific understanding of sport. He enjoys introducing learners to the discipline of sociology and applying key sociological theories and concepts to explore the relationship between sport and society. He also enjoys teaching research methods and approaches, particularly qualitative research designs.

Jim is currently module chair for E312 (Athletic Development: A Psychological Perspective), having previously co-chaired the Level 1 modules E117 (Introduction to Sport and Fitness) and E119 (Working with People in Sport and Fitness). He has also been an Associate Lecturer on E119 since 2019.

To find out more about the Sport and Fitness qualifications available at The Open University please click here .

Impact and engagement

Jim has worked with several sporting organisations to develop and implement recommendations related to improving access and experiences of minoritised groups in a range of sport and physical activity settings. He has held a number of Board positions in sport organisations including chair of Kick It Out's first Grassroots Advisory Group and vice-chair of Northamptonshire FA's Inclusion Advisory Group.

He has disseminated his research across several media outlets including BBC radio and the BBC Sport website and has published numerous blogs on topics including sport fandom, inequalities in sport and teaching and learning in Higher Education.

Jim has previously managed a number of student and staff exchange programmes across the world, including teaching on sport related programmes at University of Jvyasykla in Finland. He has undertaken collaborative research activities with colleagues from countries including the USA, Denmark, Australia, Holland, Finland and Ireland.


Critical reflections on the racialised hierarchies of an ethnically diverse staff-student scholarship project team (2023-02-28)
Martin, Shannon and Lusted, Jim
Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education(26)

Editorial: The impact of COVID-19 on social inequalities in sport and physical activity (2023)
Lusted, Jim; Van Sterkenburg, Jacco and Carter-Francique, Akilah
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 5, Article 1308924

Contrasting approaches to social justice in sport (2024-04-23)
Lusted, Jim
In: Lawrence, Stefan; Hill, Joanne and Mowatt, Rasul eds. Routledge Handbook of Sport, Leisure, and Social Justice (pp. 18-32)
ISBN : 9781003389682 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Coaching Ethnically Diverse Participants: ‘Race,’ Racism, and Anti-Racist Practice in Community Sport (2022)
Lusted, Jim; Kilvingon, Daniel and Qureshi, Asad
In: Ives, Ben; Potrac, Paul; Gale, Laura and Nelson, Lee eds. Community Sport Coaching: Policies and Practice (pp. 77-95)
ISBN : 9781003159063 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Priorities for researching ‘race’, ethnicity and racism in sports coaching and recommendations for future practice (2021)
Lusted, Jim; Bradbury, Steven and van Sterkenburg, Jacco
In: Bradbury, Steven; Lusted, Jim and van Sterkenburg, Jacco eds. 'Race', Ethnicity and Racism in Sports Coaching. Routledge Critical Perspectives on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure (pp. 235-253)
ISBN : 9780367511623 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon, Oxon

'Race', Ethnicity, Racism and Sport Coaching (2020-07-06)
Bradbury, Steven; Lusted, Jim and Van Sterkenberg, Jacco eds.
Routledge Critical Perspectives on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure
ISBN : 9780367426699 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon