School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


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Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Research

The Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (PESP) Research Group took its current form in 2011, and consists of 10 full-time academic staff, plus research assistants and full and part-time doctoral students.

The Group specialises in pedagogical research using both qualitative and quantitative methods, focusing on three major themes: teachers, coaches and professional education; policy, pedagogy, equity and identity; and young people, sport and social inclusion, from sociological and social psychological perspectives and with strong links to mainstream educational research. PESP research embraces sport, physical education, physical activity and health initiatives as they occur both inside and outside formal education, and throughout the individual lifespan.


Research staff

Research students

  • Julie Stirrup