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. Julie 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 Lecturer of PE & 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.

Featured publications

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