School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences


Dr Julie Stirrup

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Lecturer in PE and Sport Pedagogy

Julie graduated from Loughborough University in July 2008 with a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science and English.  Following this, she continued her studies at Loughborough, achieving PGCE in Physical Education in July 2009 and then taught Physical Education in a secondary school in Birmingham whilst studying part time for an MSc in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy.

Julie joined the Sports Pedagogy research group in 2009, undertaking a PhD in Early Years Learning and children’s embodiment. Upon completing her PhD, Julie joined the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in her current role as Assistant Lecturer of Sports Pedagogy.

Julie’s research interests focus on issues relating to, equity and identity; embodiment, and education. Conceptually this research is informed by sociological and educational theory and draws heavily upon the methodology of qualitative research.

Journal Articles

  • Stirrup, J., Sandford, R., and Duncombe, R., (2014/online), ‘Intensive Mothering’ in the Early Years: the cultivation and consolidation of (physical) capital, Sport, Education and Society

 Book Reviews

  • Stirrup, J., and Wiltshire, G., (2014), Ethnomethodology at play, Sport, Education and Society, 19(4): 507-512
  • Stirrup, J., and Damant, E., (2014), Critical Pedagogy, Physical Education and Urban Schooling, Sport, Education and Society, 19(5): 687-689


  • Stirrup, J., (2014) Embodying Bernstein: Early Years Learning (EYL), Social Class and the Corporeal Device, 8th Basil Bernstein Symposium, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Stirrup, J., (2013) Health and early years learning: a Bernsteinian analysis BERA Conference, 2013, University of Sussex
  • Stirrup, J., (2012) Physical activity and the importance of early years learning, IYS Conference, 2012, Loughborough University
  • Stirrup, J., (2012) ‘Intensive mothering’, early years learning and children’s orientation towards the body, physical activity and health, BERA Early Careers Research Conference, 2012, University of Manchester