Professor Celia Brackenridge, OBE


Research Fellow; Professor (Youth Sport)

Room: Heinz Wolff Building HW271
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267160
Fax: +44(0)1895 269769
Web: Personal Website

Research Interests

Research Details

An accredited BASES Interdisciplinary Researcher, Celia has drawn on both natural and social science paradigms in her work. She has pursued particular interests in gender and social justice themes but in her early career also conducted investigations into the evolution and ethology of territorial sports. Celia worked on the BASES equality audit and has also developed and delivered training courses on child protection for sport scientists. She has completed two major research studies for the Football Assocation.

Celia has acted as programme consultant to the IOC Medical Commission Consensus Statement on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (2007-12) and to the UNICEF working group on violence against children in sport (2007-08). She served on the Research Committee of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers and the Research Task Force of the NSPCC/Sport England Child Protection in Sport Unit. A nominated member of the Academy of Social Sciences, Celia’s work was summarised in a 2011 joint publication from the AcSS and BPS in the series Making the Case about the social and economic impact of sport and leisure research. In 2012 Celia was awarded an OBE for her services to equality and child protection in sport.

Research Centre

Brunel Centre for Sport Health and Wellbeing (BC•SHaW)

Selected Publications


Journal Papers

(2013) Fasting, K., Brackenridge, CH. and Kjølberg, G., Using court reports to enhance knowledge of sexual abuse in sport: A Norwegian case study, Scandinavian Sport studies forum 4 (2013) : 49- 67 Download publication

(2013) Papaefstathiou, M., Rhind, D. and Brackenridge, C., Child protection in ballet: Experiences and views of teachers, administrators and ballet students, Child Abuse Review 22 (2) : 127- 141

(2011) Brackenridge, C., Pitchford, A. and Wilson, M., Respect: Results of a pilot project designed to improve behaviour in English football, Managing Leisure 16 (3) : 175- 191 Download publication

(2010) Fasting, K., Brackenridge, C. and Knorre, N., Performance level and sexual harassment prevalence among female athletes in the Czech Republic, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal 19 (1) : 26- 32 Download publication

(2009) Rossato, C. and Brackenridge, C., Child protection training in sport-related degrees and initial teacher training for physical education: An audit, Child Abuse Review 18 (2) : 81- 93 Download publication

(2009) Fasting, K. and Brackenridge, C., Coaches, sexual harassment and education, Sport, Education and Society 14 (1) : 21- 35 Download publication

(2008) Fasting, K., Brackenridge, CH., Miller, KE. and Sabo, D., Participation in college sports and protection from sexual victimization, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 16 (4) : 427- 441 Download publication

(2008) Brackenridge, CH., Bishopp, D., Moussalli, S. and Tapp, J., The characteristics of sexual abuse in sport: A multidimensional scaling analysis of events described in media reports, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 16 (4) : 385- 406 Download publication

(2008) Brackenridge, C., Coach swimmer interaction: Traps, pitfalls and how to avoid them, Journal of Sports Sciences 26 (1)

(2007) Fasting, K., Brackenridge, C. and Walseth, K., Women athletes' personal responses to sexual harassment in sport, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology 19 (4) : 419- 433 Download publication

(2006) Brackenridge, C., Book review essay: Youth sport refocused, European Physical Education Review 12 (1) : 119- 125 Download publication

(2006) Bringer, JD., Brackenridge, CH. and Johnston, LH., Swimming coaches' perceptions of sexual exploitation in sport: A preliminary model of role conflict and role ambiguity, Sport Psychologist 20 (4) : 465- 479

(2005) Brackenridge, C., Bringer, JD., Cockburn, C. and Pawlaczek, Z., Measuring the impact of child protection through activation states, Sport Education and Society 10 (2) : 239- 256 Download publication

(2004) Brackenridge, C., Sundgot-Borgen, J. and Fasting, K., Prevalence of sexual harassment among Norwegian female elite athletes in relation to sport type, International Review for the Sociology of Sport 39 (4) : 373- 386 Download publication

(2003) Brackenridge, C., Fasting, K. and Sundgot-Borgen, J., Experiences of sexual harassment and abuse amongst Norwegian elite female athletes and non-athletes, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 74 (1) : 84- 97

(1995) Brackenridge, C., Think global, act global: The future of international women's sport, Journal of the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (AAHPERD) 31 (4) : 7- 11 Download publication

Conference Papers

(2010) Brackenridge, C., Children's rights in football: Welfare and work, International Conference on Centres and Peripheries in Sport Download publication

(2009) Brackenridge, CH., Olympic engagement in promoting athlete welfare, XIII Olympic Congress Contributions

Book Chapters

(2012) Brackenridge, CH., The impact of child protection on Scottish sport governing bodies. In: Brackenridge, CH., Rhind, D. and Kay, T. eds. Sport, Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention: A sourcebook on global issues and local programmes. Brunel University Press

(2011) Telfer, H. and Brackenridge, C., The professional responsibilities of children’s coaches. In: Stafford, I. ed. Coaching Children in Sport. Routledge -

(2011) Brackenridge, C. and Telfer, H., Child protection and sport development. In: Houlihan, B. and Green, M. eds. Handbook of Sport Development. Routledge

(2010) Brackenridge, CH., Violence and abuse prevention in sport. In: Kaufman, K. ed. The Prevention of Sexual Violence: A Practitioners' Sourcebook. Holyoke, MA : Neari Press 401- 414 Download publication

(2009) Brackenridge, CH., Women and children first? Child abuse and child protection in sport. In: Nauright, J. and Pope, S. eds. The New Sport Management Reader. Morgantown, VA : Fitness Information Technology (FiT)

(2009) Brackenridge, C. and Fasting, K., The grooming process in sport: Case studies of sexual harassment and abuse. In: Humana, H. ed. KINE 1000 Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Kinesiology. McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited, a Subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc

(2008) Brackenridge, C., Child sexual abuse. In: Malcolm, D. ed. Dictionary of Sports Studies. London : Sage


(2012) Brackenridge, CH., Kay, T. and Rhind, D., Sport, children's rights and violence prevention: A source book on global issues and local programmes. Brunel University Press

(2010) Brackenridge, C. and Rhind, D., Elite child athlete welfare: International perspectives. Brunel University Press

(2010) Brackenridge, CH., Fasting, K., Kirby, S. and Leahy, T., Protecting children from violence in sport: A review with a focus on industrialized countries. UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre

(2006) Brackenridge, CH., Pitchford, A., Nutt, G. and Russell, K., Child welfare in football: An exploration of children's welfare in the modern game. Routledge

(2001) Brackenridge, C., Spoilsports: understanding and preventing sexual exploitation in sport. London: Routledge

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