School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Staff

Oliver graduated from Loughborough University in 2014 with a first class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. Subsequently, he remained at the University to undertake a PhD within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Oliver completed his doctorate in 2018 and has continued to work at the University holding various research and teaching positions since.

Currently, Oliver works as a Teaching Associate in Sport Pedagogy within the School. Oliver contributes to the delivery of various undergraduate and postgraduate modules, and supervises students undertaking research projects within PE and sport coaching. He holds a teaching qualification equivalent to a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a QTS equivalent, as well as Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Oliver has, alongside Dr. Rachel Sandford, twice been a recipient of a Teaching Innovation Award from the Centre for Academic Practice (CAP) at the University.

Oliver’s research utilises participatory methods to facilitate and engage meaningfully with young people’s voices within PE, health and youth sport contexts. The work conducted as part of his doctorate involved exploring young people’s conceptions of ‘health’ within secondary PE. Specifically, it explored what young people knew, understood and conceived about ‘health’ and the (potential) role of PE in promoting learning about healthy, active lifestyles. Additionally, this work examined pedagogical practices related to teaching and learning about ‘health’ within secondary PE and the school more broadly.

Oliver’s research agenda has expanded in his post-doctoral phase and – whilst continuing his work around health-related learning within PE –  he has been engaging in wider research, with more diverse young people, in a broader range of contexts. Oliver is keen to continue expanding this research agenda and seeks to further explore the voices of marginalised youth, such as those that are care experienced, homeless and/or criminalised.

Over the course of his doctoral studies and during his post-doctoral phase to date, Oliver has undertaken various Research Associate roles including:

  • Continuing Professional Development for Coaches and Teachers in Football Projects (2020-present) – working with Prof. Chris Cushion, Dr. Ed Cope and Dr. Rachel Sandford
  • Aspirations, Experiences and Outcomes for SEND Youth Project (2019-2020) – working with Dr. Louise Holt
  • Right to be Active (RtbA) Research Project (2016-2018) – working with Dr. Rachel Sandford, Dr. Tom Quarmby and Dr. Rebecca Duncombe
  • Promoting Active Lifestyles (PAL) Research Project (2015-2017) – working with Prof. Jo Harris and Prof. Lorraine Cale
  • Youth Sport Trust ‘Get to the Start Line’ (GttSL) Programme Evaluation (2015-2016) – working with Prof. Jo Harris and Prof. Lorraine Cale

Convenor Roles:

  • Co-convenor for the Early Career Research (ECR) Network of the British Educational Research Association (March 2017 – present)
  • Co-convenor for the Research in Sport Pedagogy (RiSP) Network of the European Educational Research Association (August 2016 – present)

Board and Committee Roles:

  • Member of the British Educational Research Association Executive Council (September 2018 – present)
  • Member of the British Educational Research Association Engagement Committee (October 2017 – present)

Editorial Board Roles:

  • Editorial Board Member of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) (May 2020 - present)
  • Editorial Board Member of Sport Education and Society (SES) Journal (March 2018 - present)

Reviewer Roles:

Journals and Books

  • Manuscript Reviewer for Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education (CSHPE) Journal (August 2020 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Research Quarterly in Sport and Exercise (RQES) Journal (July 2019 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Children’s Geographies (CG) Journal (March 2019 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan Publishers (March 2019 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Health Education (HE) Journal (February 2019 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for European Physical Education Review (EPER) Journal (September 2018 – present)
  • Manuscript Reviewer for Sport, Education and Society (SES) Journal (March 2018 – present)

Conferences

  • Abstract Reviewer for British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2020 (February 2020)
  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2020 (February 2020)
  • Abstract Reviewer for British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2019 (February 2019)
  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2019 (February 2019)
  • Abstract Reviewer for Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference 2019 (August 2018)
  • Abstract Reviewer for British Educational Research Association (BERA) Conference 2018 (February 2018)
  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2018 (February 2018)
  • Abstract Reviewer for European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2017 (February 2017)

Membership of Professional Associations:

  • Association for Physical Education (AfPE)
  • UK Coaching (UKC)
  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • European Education Research Association (EERA)
  • Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER)
  • Australian Associate for Research in Education (AARE)
  • International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP)
  • Institute of Swimming (IOS)
  • Social Research Association (SRA)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Society for Education and Training (SET)

Publications:

Academic journal publications

  • Cale. L., Harris, J. & Hooper, O. (2020) Get(ting) to the Start Line: Evaluating an innovative physical activity intervention to address adolescents’ school-related stress and anxiety. European Physical Education Review, 26(3), pp. 642-663, DOI: 10.1177/1356336X20902487  [OPEN ACCESS]
  • Quarmby, T., Sandford, R., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2020) Narratives and marginalised voices: Storifying the sport and physical activity experiences of care-experienced youth, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2020.1725099.
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2019) Navigating complex social landscapes: Examining care experienced young people’s engagements with sport and physical activity, Sport, Education and Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2019.1699523 

Book chapters

  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (forthcoming) Young people’s conceptions of health within secondary physical education. In J. Stirrup & O. Hooper (Eds.), Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health(pp. TBC). London: Routledge.
  • MacIsaac, S. & Hooper, O. (forthcoming) Getting critical with the digital: Young people’s health-related engagements with digital spaces. In J. Stirrup & O. Hooper (Eds.), Critical Pedagogies in Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health(pp. TBC). London: Routledge.
  • Hooper, O., Sandford, R. & Jarvis, H. (forthcoming) Thinking and feeling in/through physical education: What place for social and emotional learning? In F. Chambers, A. Bryant & D. Aldous (Eds.), Redesigning Physical Education for 21st Century Children and Young People(pp. TBC). London: Routledge.
  • Quarmby, T., Sandford, R. & Hooper, O. (forthcoming) Care experienced youth and before- and after-school physical activity. In R. Marttinen, E. Centeio & T. Quarmby (Eds.), Before- and After- School Physical Activity Programs: Frameworks, Critical Issues and Underserved Populations (pp. TBC). London: Routledge.
  • Hooper, O., Sandford, R. & Quarmby, T. (2020) Piling on the pressure? Negotiating burden/benefit dynamics with participants during times of crisis. In H. Kara & S. Khoo (Eds.), Research Methods in a Global Crisis(pp. TBC). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Cale, L., Harris, J. & Hooper, O. (2020) Debating Health Knowledge and Health Pedagogies in Physical Education. In S. Capel & R. Blair (Eds.), Debates in Physical Education, 2nd Edition (pp. 256-277). London: Routledge.

Professional journal articles

  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2020) Exercising their ‘Right to be Active’? Care experienced young people’s perspectives of physical education and school sport, Physical Education Matters, TBC.
  • Harris, L., Sandford, R. & Hooper, O. (2018) This Girl… Can? Exploring the potential impact of This Girl Can in secondary schools, Physical Education Matters, 13 (1): 51-54.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2017) Having their say: Young people on healthy, active lifestyles, Physical Education Matters, 12 (3): 51-52.

Reports

  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Duncombe, R. & Hooper, O. (2020) ‘Right to be Active’ Project Report (Adult Version). Loughborough & Leeds, UK: Loughborough University & Leeds Beckett University.
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Duncombe, R. & Hooper, O. (2020) ‘Right to be Active’ Project Report (Young Person Version). Loughborough & Leeds, UK: Loughborough University & Leeds Beckett University.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L. & Hooper, O. (2016) Evaluation of the Youth Sport Trust ‘Get to the Start Line’ Programme Report.  Loughborough, UK: Loughborough University.

Conference Presentations:

  • Hooper, O., Sandford, R., Quarmby, T. & Duncombe, R. (2020) Let me tell you a story: Concept cartoons as a tool to support pedagogical practice in sport/physical activity contexts. Research workshop to be presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2020, University of Glasgow, UK. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2020) Whose responsibility is it? Examining sport/physical activity opportunities for care experienced young people. Paper to be presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2020, University of Glasgow, UK. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Stirrup, J. & Hooper, O. (2020) Join the club? Exploring National Governing Body extracurricular sport programmes. Paper to be presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2020, University of Glasgow, UK. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)  
  • Hooper, O., Sandford, R., Quarmby, T. & Duncombe, R. (2020) Putting them in the picture: Using concept cartoons in research with care experienced young people. Paper to be presented at the Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE) Conference, July 2020, Durham University, UK. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2019) Telling Tales and Painting Pictures: Exploring care experienced young people’s experiences of sport and physical activity. Symposium presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, September 2019, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2019) Supporting care experienced young people’s participation in physical education, sport and physical activity. Paper presented at the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Conference, July 2019, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Sandford, R., Quarmby, T., Hooper, O. & Duncombe, R. (2019) Right to be Active: Care experienced young people’s experiences of sport and physical activity. Symposium presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, June 2019, Adelphi University, USA.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2018) A picture of health? Exploring pupils’ conceptions of ‘health’ through visual methods. Paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, December 2018, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2018) Picturing health: Using drawings to explore pupils’ conceptions of ‘health’. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, September 2018, Free University of Bolzano, Italy.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2018) Picture this! Using drawings to explore pupils’ conceptions of ‘health’. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, July 2018, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L., Hooper, O. & Whitworth, R. (2018) Promoting active lifestyles in schools. Paper presented at the Association for Physical Education (afPE) Conference, July 2018, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2017) More than just being heard: Using youth voice to promote inclusive pedagogies for health. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, November 2017, University of the Antilles, Guadeloupe.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L. & Hooper, O. (2017) Promoting active lifestyles in schools: From philosophical principles to inclusive pedagogies. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, November 2017, University of the Antilles, Guadeloupe.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2017) Talking it through: Using youth voice to explore pupils’ knowledge, understandings and conceptions of healthy, active lifestyles. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2017, University College Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Cale, L., Harris, J. & Hooper, O. (2017) Get to the Start Line: An innovative programme designed to address adolescents’ school-related stress and anxiety. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2017, University College Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2017) Having their say: Young people on healthy, active lifestyles. Poster presented at the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Conference, July 2017, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2017) Speaking up about ‘health’: Exploring secondary school pupils’ understandings and conceptions of healthy, active lifestyles. Paper presented at the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference, January 2017, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Harris, J., Cale, L. & Hooper, O. (2017) Promoting active lifestyles within the school. Paper presented at the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) Conference, January 2017, University of Canberra, Australia.
  • Sandford, R., Hooper, O. & Woodhouse, C. (2016) Permission to speak freely? Reflections on ethical complexities around ‘consent’ within sport/physical activity research with young people. Paper presented at the European Educational Research Association (EERA) Conference, August 2016, University College Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Harris, J., Cale, L., Casey, A., Bowler, M., Hooper, O. & Sammon, P. (2016) Promoting healthy, active lifestyles in schools. Paper presented at the Association for Physical Education (AfPE) Conference, July 2016, St. George’s Park, Staffordshire, UK.
  • Hooper, O., Harris, J. & Cale, L. (2016) Good intentions but…? Secondary school teachers’ promotion of healthy, active lifestyles within the physical education curriculum in England. Paper presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Conference, June 2016, University of Wyoming, USA.