School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Emily Hunt

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PhD student


Emily graduated in 2014 with a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of Chichester, and continued there to obtain an MSc with Distinction in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2015.

Emily joined Loughborough as a PhD student in October 2015, under the supervision of Dr Anthony Papathomas and Dr Ian Taylor.


Title: Narrative, Behaviour Change and Well-being: Exploring the power of stories as a means to promote physical activity

The concept that narrative storytelling can be used as a health communication and knowledge translation tool is a growing area of interest and Emily’s research will further explore the use of narrative methods as a means to promote behaviour change. Specifically, Emily’s research will establish stories of exercise and physical activity as told by people living with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, and aims to use these stories to promote physical activity in these populations.

External Activities:

Emily was awarded the BPS Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc Prize 2016. The award was given for her research dissertation on Chronic Pain in Sport that she completed at the University of Chichester.

Keywords for Discipline and Research Area: 

Narrative, behavior change, physical activity, qualitative research