Brunel Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing


BCSHaW undertakes social science research into the role of sport, health and wellbeing in contemporary society. The Centre has a strong focus on research which is academically rigorous and ethically robust, and has relevance to policy and practice.

Our work is arranged under four research themes and spans a wide remit, from analysis of healthy lifestyles and recreational sport participation, to research into elite sport systems and performers.

Our focus topics show how we use our research to promote knowledge transfer to diverse audiences, through academic networks, expert forums, practice partnerships and the media.

We are internationally oriented, collaborating with academic colleagues in several other countries, and hosting a vibrant community of visiting scholars and resident postgraduate researchers from diverse regions of the globe. As part of our international partnerships we also host BIRNAW, the Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare.

We welcome interest and enquiries – please use our Contact Details to get in touch. The Brunel University campus is only 20 minutes from London Heathrow airport so we are easy to visit!

Research Themes

Young people, sport and physical education

Our research into young people, sport and physical education acknowledges that sport can have negative as well as positive outcomes and focuses on ensuring that experiences of sport and physical education are safe and enjoyable and maximise psychological, social and physical benefits (Dr. Amanda Croston, Professor Capel, Dr. Misia Gervis, Dr. Daniel Rhind and Professor Ian Rivers). Our well-known work on promoting the welfare and wellbeing of elite child athletes is one of the Centre’s focus topics and includes Dr. Rhind’s leadership of the Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW).

Health, wellbeing and performance

This theme involves multidisciplinary research across the spectrum from general population health to elite sport. It addresses three main foci: the promotion of physical activity; the development of wellbeing in and through sport and PE; and psychological issues relating to elite-level performance in the realm of sport (Dr. Gervis). We are internationally recognised for our work on two focus topics - homophobic bullying in physical education (Professor Rivers), and the relationship between music and physical activity (Dr. Costas Karageorghis).

Sports development, management and policy

This research investigates sport and the development of individuals, communities and organisations from local to international level. This is important because in societies marked with stark inequalities it is critical to know what is being done in the name of sports development, by whom and to what effect. Our substantial focus topics in this area include sport management (Dr. Vassil Girginov); the Olympics (Dr. Gary Armstrong and Dr. Girginov); community sport development (Dr. Hills), sport policy/socio-legal issues in sport (Dr. Alberto Testa) and sport in international development (Professor Kay).

Socio-cultural studies of sport

Our socio-cultural research focuses on understanding the relationship between sport, health and wellbeing in individual and social life. Our academic and policy-related research informs strategies for diverse populations to have access and opportunity to experience sport and physical activity. Key research themes within the socio-cultural research group include sport and gender (Dr. Hills, Amanda Croston, Dr. Gervis and Prof. Kay); sport, social welfare and inclusion (Dr. Testa, Dr. Hills and Professor Kay); cross-cultural analysis of sport (Dr. Armstrong and Dr. Testa); and media and representation (Dr. Hills).


Name and Title Phone Email Office
Mr Fawaz Al-Hakami
PhD Researcher (Sport Development)
+44(0)1895 266499 Email Mr Fawaz Al-Hakami HW269, Heinz Wolff Building
Dr Pam Alldred
Senior Lecturer in Education & Youth Work Studies
+44 (0)1895 267270 Email Dr Pam Alldred 301, Mary Seacole Building
Dr Gary Armstrong
Reader (Sociology of Sport)
+44 (0)1895 266463 Email Dr Gary Armstrong Heinz Wolff Building HW206
Ms Anita Asante
PhD Researcher (Sport Development)
Email Ms Anita Asante Off Campus (Home Based)
Ms Razan Baker
PhD Researcher (Sport Development)
+44(0)1895 266499 Email Ms Razan Baker HW269, Heinz Wolff Building
Mr Harry Ban Teck Lim
PhD Researcher (Sport Psychology)
Email Mr Harry Ban Teck Lim Off Campus (Home Based)
Mr Jonathan Bird
PhD Researcher (Sport and Exercise Psychology)
+44 (0)1895 269769 Email Mr Jonathan Bird Off Campus (Home Based)
Dr Richard Blair
Lecturer (Physical Education and Coaching)
+44 (0)1895 266484 Email Dr Richard Blair Halsbury Building HB221
Professor Celia Brackenridge, OBE
Research Fellow; Professor (Youth Sport)
+44 (0)1895 267160 Email Professor Celia Brackenridge, OBE Heinz Wolff Building HW271
Professor Susan Capel
Professor (Physical Education)
+44 (0)1895 266461 Email Professor Susan Capel Halsbury Building HB122
Mr Paul Carney
PhD Researcher (Physical Education)
Email Mr Paul Carney Off Campus (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Dr Amanda Croston
Lecturer (Coaching and Performance); Director of Undergraduate Studies (Sport Science)
+44 (0)1895 266467 Email Dr Amanda Croston Heinz Wolff Building HW209
Ms Celena Dell
PhD Researcher (Sociology of Sport)
Email Ms Celena Dell Off Campus (Home Based)
Dr Misia Gervis
Programme Development Coordinator; Senior Lecturer (Coaching & Performance/Sport Psychology)
+44 (0)1895 266472 Email Dr Misia Gervis Heinz Wolff Building HW214
Dr Vassil Girginov
Reader (Sports Management and Development)
+44 (0)1895 266811 Email Dr Vassil Girginov Heinz Wolff Building HW213
Ms Laura Green
PhD Researcher (Sociology of Sport)
Email Ms Laura Green Off Campus (Bath Spa University)
Ms Jennifer Hall
PhD Researcher
+44 (0)1895 266499 Email Ms Jennifer Hall HW269, Heinz Wolff
Mr Dawood Hashem
PhD Researcher (Sport Development)
Email Mr Dawood Hashem Off Campus (Home Based)
Dr Laura Hills
Senior Lecturer (Youth Sport)
+44 (0)1895 267369 Email Dr Laura Hills Heinz Wolff Building HW219
Mr Leighton Jones
PhD Researcher (Sport Psychology)
+44(0) 1895 266500 Email Mr Leighton Jones HW270, Heinz Wolff Building
Dr Costas Karageorghis
Reader (Sport Psychology), Deputy Head (Research)
+44 (0)1895 266476 Email Dr Costas Karageorghis Heinz Wolff Building HW222
Professor Tess Kay
Professor in Sport and Social Sciences; Director of BC-SHaW
Partially deaf - email communication preferred. Email Professor Tess Kay Heinz Wolff Building HW220
Dr Eileen Kennedy
Associate Researcher
+44 (0)1895 266494 Email Dr Eileen Kennedy
Ms Katie Maddocks
PhD Researcher (Sociology of Sport)
Email Ms Katie Maddocks HW269, Heinz Wolff Building
Dr Louise Mansfield
Lecturer & Deputy Director of BC-SHaW
+44 (0)1895 267561 Email Dr Louise Mansfield Heinz Wolff Building HW210
Mr Jamie McDermott
PhD Researcher
+44 (0)1895 266499 Email Mr Jamie McDermott HW269 Heinz Wolff Building
Ms Evdokia Pappa
PhD Researcher (Sociology of Sport)
Email Ms Evdokia Pappa Off Campus (Home Based)
Dr Daniel Rhind
Lecturer (Youth Sport); Senior Tutor for Sport Sciences
+44 (0)1895 266860 Email Dr Daniel Rhind Heinz Wolff Building HW271
Dr Alberto Testa
Lecturer (Social Sciences of Sport); Director of Placements; Anti Harassment & Bullying Advisor
+44 (0)1895 267382 Email Dr Alberto Testa Heinz Wolff Building HW207


Email address:

Brunel University is located in west London and easily accessible by public transport. It is also located close to Heathrow Airport, making it ideally situated for international visitors.

Directions to the campus

Researcher offices and the BC•SHaW base (room HW273) are located in:

Heinz Wolff Building
Brunel University
Kingston Lane

Staff may be contacted individually via their details on the Researchers tab of this page.

We welcome enquiries from prospective research students, and from organizations that may wish to commission research or make use of our previous work. The Director of the Centre, Professor Tess Kay, is happy to respond to initial email enquiries:

You may also contact us via the School of Sport and Education’s Research and Finance Office:

Telephone +44 (0)1895 266494
Fax +44 (0)1895 269769

Postgraduate Research

2013-14: Awards and Current Researchers

Fawaz Al-Hakami

Dr. Vassil Girginov

Dr. Laura Hills 

An examination of sport clubs' privatization policy in Saudi Arabia
Razan Baker

Dr. Vassil Girginov

Dr. Laura Hills 

The role of internet assisted communication tools in promoting participation in physical activity among youths in Saudi Arabia
Jonathan Bird

Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Dr. Lee Romer

Ergogenic, Psychologial, Psychophysical and Psychophysiological effects of Music and Video during Exercise
Amanda Croston

Prof. Tess Kay

Dr. Laura Hills

The Construction and Experience of Ability in PE
Celena Dell

Prof. Celia Brackenridge

Dr. Daniel Rhind

Investigating the Experiences of Football Referees
Cathy Gower

Prof. Celia Brackenridge

Prof. Valsa Kolshy
An exploration of pedagogical approaches to develop critical consciousness within a Physical Education initial teacher education community of practice
Jennifer Hall

Dr. Louise Mansfield

Prof. Tess Kay

Prof. Alison McConnell
Take a Stand for Workplace Health
Dawood Hashem Dr. Vassil Girginov Strategy for the Development of Disabled Sports in UAE
Lindsey Horsfield

Dr. Gary Armstrong

Dr. Laura Hills
The Homeless World Cup
Jamie McDermott

Dr. Daniel Rhind

Dr. Laura Hills
Blowing the whistle on abuse: developing safer organisational cultures
Frank Owusu-Sekyere

Dr. Daniel Rhind

Dr. Laura Hills
Safeguarding Children in Sport and Sport Development

Awards in 2013-14

Georgia Allen Doctor of Philosophy Prof Valsa Koshy Dr. Daniel Rhind From the Sports Hall to the Classroom: Learning Life Skills Through Sport
Leighton Jones Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Dr. Dan Bishop
Psychological and Psychophysiological Effects of Auditory and Visual Stimuli during Various Modes of Exercise

Awards in 2012-13

Harry Ban Teck Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Dr. Dan Bishop
Effects of Varied Music Applications in Cycle Ergometry
Richard Blair Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Susan Capel

Prof. Tess Kay
An Evaluation of a Continuing Professional Development Programme for Community Football Coaches Delivering Physical Education Lessons in Primary Schools
Laura Green Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Laura Hills

Dr. Simon Bradford
''Non Sporty'' Girls Take the Lead: A Feminist, Participatory Approach to Physical Activity
Iain Lindsay Doctor of Philosophy Dr. Gary Armstrong MD

Life in the Shadow of the 2012 Olympics: An Ethnography of the Host Borough of the London Games

Isambard Scholarship  and VC Prize for Doctoral Research
Katherine Maddocks Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Celia Brackenridge

Dr. Pam Alldred
Biphobia in Sport - Sexual Identity and Exclusionary Practices
Alison Maitland Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Laura Hills

Dr. Daniel Rhind
Organisational Culture and Coach-Athlete Relationships: An Ethnographic Study of an Elite Rowing Club Isambard Scholarship
Evdokia Pappa Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Laura Hills

Dr. Eileen Kennedy
Sports Spectacle, Media and Doping: The Representations of Olympic Drug Cases in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008

Awards 2011-12

Christina Gipson

Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Tess Kay

Dr. Laura Hills
Extreme Volunteering: A Holistic Perspective of Leadership of Women's International Sport Organisations
Glenn Wintrup Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Celia Brackenridge

Dr. Vassil Girginov
Researching British University Sport Initiations
Lacey Wismer Doctor of Philosophy British American Football: National Identity, Cultural Specificity and Globalization

Awards in 2010-11

Joanna Brown Doctor of Philosophy Prof. Ian Rivers An Investigation into the Impact of a Sport Intervention in Three London Secondary Schools

Awards 2009-10

Misia Gervis Doctor of Philosophy Dr. Peter Radford Prof. Sue Capel An Investigation into the Emotional Responses of Child Athletes to Their Coach’s Behaviour from a Child Maltreatment Perspective
Michael Kouzaris Master of Philosophy

Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Psychophysical and Ergogenic Effects of Music in Sport and Exercise: a Meta-Analysis
Alberto Testa Doctor of Philosophy Dr. Gary Armstrong and SB Opposing the "System”: Ideology and Action in the Italian Football Terraces
Massimo Vencato Doctor of Philosophy

Dr. Costas Karageorghis

Measuring the Planned and Unplanned Dimensions of Lifestyle Physical Activity: A Test of the Theory of Planned Behaviour

Awards 2008-09

Robert Lake                Doctor of Philosophy             Social Exclusion in British Tennis: A History of Privilege and Prejudice


Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW) is a group of international researchers who are working together to promote athlete welfare through research and consultancy. This work focuses on investigating the antecedents, prevalence and consequences of abusive relationships in sport. Through conducting research and monitoring behaviour, the group hopes to inform policy and practice to protect those with additional vulnerability in sport, such as elite child athletes and people with a disability. This network builds on the pioneering work conducted by Professor Celia Brackenridge in the Centre for Youth Sport and Athlete Welfare (CYSAW).

Funded projects

BIRNAW members have collaborated on the following projects:

  • Preventing sexual harassment and abuse in sport (European Commission)
  • Protecting children in sport in Japan (Daiwa Foundation)
  • Understanding player well-being (International Tennis Federation)


BIRNAW International Symposium 2013

BIRNAW's International Symposium took place at Brunel University on 6th November 2013. Click on the table below for links to the presentation slides from the day.

Prof Kari Fasting Collaborative research: Challenges and pitfalls across cultures
Prof Celia Brackenridge Dancing with the devil: The politics of working with sport organisations
Elaine Cook & ProfKim Dorsch Cultural norms in youth sport: What are they and how do we know?
Emma Kavanagh & Dr Ian Jones Cyberviolence: Developing a typology for understanding virtual maltreatment in sport
Prof Steve Greenfield Concerns about litigation with youth sport
Sally Proudlove Promoting partnerships to protect children in sport
Frank Owusu-Sekyere & Dr Misia Gervis Is creating mentally tough players a masquerade for emotional abuse?
Dr Abbe Brady A framework for humanisation and dehumanisation: exploring its potential for research and practices within athlete welfare
Dr Dean Ravizza Protecting children through sport in Uganda
Dr Mike Hartill Sport respects your rights - Empowering young Europeans in sport for a culture of respect and integrity and against sexualised violence and gender harassment
Dr Ashley Stirling Empower + creating positive and healthy sport experiences: A Coach education module written to safeguard athletes from abuse and harassment in sport
Dr Gretchen Kerr Safeguarding youth in sport: Lessons Learned from the education sector
Tine Vertommen Sport, a game with boundaries: Handling sexually transgressive behaviour via the flag system
Prof Sandi Kirby Sport Campaign by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

BIRNAW was launched in July 2010 at an international symposium on elite child athlete welfare. You can access a free copy of "Elite Child Athlete Welfare: International perspectives", which is a book edited by Prof Celia Brackenridge and Dr Daniel Rhind.

You can access a free copy of "Sport, Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention:
A Sourcebook on Global Issues and Local Programmes
" which is a book edited by Prof Celia Brackenridge, Prof Tess Kay and Dr Daniel Rhind.

You can access a free copy of "Researching and Enhancing Athlete Welfare" by Dr Daniel Rhind and Prof Celia Brackenridge.

The work of some members of this group was presented at a symposium at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport held in Glasgow in July 2012.

Respect research reports

FA Respect 2008 report

FA Respect 2009 report

FA Child Protection Research Reports

Child Protection in Football Research Project 2002

Child Protection in Football Research Project 2003

FIFA Reports

Child Protection and the FIFA World Cup report

Child Protection and FIFA World Cup REFERENCE LIST


The research undertaken by staff of the Centre produces publicly available research reports, open access e-books, and other documents such as guidance on good practice that come from our work. The documents listed below can all be downloaded in PDF form by clicking on the relevant image.

BC.SHaW research on child protection and safeguarding

Researching and enhancing Athlete Welfare: Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium of the Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare

Published 2014

A 13-chapter book of current research studies and approaches, edited by Daniel Rhind and Celia Brackenridge Researching-and-Enhancing-Athlete-Welfare

Child Exploitation and the FIFA World Cup: A review of risks and protective interventions

Published 2013

Prepared for the OAK foundation by Celia Brackenridge, Sarah Palmer-Felgate, Daniel Rhind, Laura Hills, Tess Kay, Anne Tiivas, Lucy Faulkner, Iain Lindsay, July 2013 Child-Exploitation-and-the-FIFA-World-Cup

Sport, Children's Rights and Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook on Global Issues and Local Programmes

Published 2010

A 38-chapter set of resources including proceedings of the 1st International Symposium of the Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW) Edited by Celia Brackenridge, Tess Kay and Daniel Rhind Sport,-Childrens-Rights-and-Violence-Prevention

Elite Child Athlete Welfare: - International perspectives

Published 2010

An 18-chapter book on the state of research into elite child athlete welfare, edited by Celia Brackenridge and Daniel Rhind Elite-Child-Athlete-Welfare

Protecting Children from Violence in Sport: A review with a focus on industrialized countries

Published 2010

Report produced for the United Nations Innocenti Research Centre by Celia Brackenridge, Kari Fasting, Norwedian School of Sport Sciences Sandra Kirby, University of Winnipeg, Canada and Trisha Leahy, Hong Kong Sports Institute.

 BC.SHaW research on delivering community sport

Building a Participation Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Disadvantage Areas

Report prepared for StreetGames by Laura Hills, Simon Bradford and Craig Johnston, Brunel University

Building a participation legacy - how to guides

Published 2013

Report prepared for StreetGames by Laura Hills, Simon Bradford and Craig Johnston Building-a-Participation-Legacy

Us Girls: Engaging Young Women from Disadvantaged Communities in Sport

Published 2013

An independent evaluation on behalf of StreetGames by Laura Hills, Alison Maitland and Amanda Croston US-Girls

BC.SHaW sport, health and wellbeing

Rapid Topic Overview: Physical activity among LGB&T communities in England

Published 2014

Report to Public Health England by Louise Mansfield, Tess Kay and Catherine Meads, Brunel University, and Jayne Caudwell, University of Brighton Rapid-Topic-Overview

A monitoring and evaluation strategy for the Friends of Cathja Project

Published 2013

Report by Jennifer Hall and Louise Mansfield with Tess Kay Monitoring-and-evaluation-strategy

Evidence Review: Understanding the value of sport and physical activity in tertiary education

Published 2013
Report to Scottish Student Sport and sportscotland by Dr Louise Mansfield, Professor Tess Kay, Dr. Catherine Meads with Dr Iain Lindsay, Brunel University Evidence-Review-Understanding-the-value-of-sport-and-physical-activitiy-in-tertiary-education

Framework for Evaluating a Participation Legacy

Published 2013
Report prepared for StreetGames by Laura Hills, Brunel University Framework-for-Evaluating-a-Participation-Legacy

 BC.SHaW Olympic research

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Knowledge Transfer

Published 2013

Report prepared for Podium by Vassil Girginov, Brunel University and John R. Gold, Oxford Brookes University London-2012-Olympic-and-Paralympic-Games-Knowledge-Transfer

UK National Governing Bodies of Sport leveraging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for organisational capacity building

Published 2013

Report prepared for Sport England by Vassil Girginov UK-National-Governing-Bodies-of-Sport

Knowledge Creation: Bibliometrics and General Trends for the Routledge Special Issue Collection on the Olympic and Paralypmic Games

Published 2013

An analysis of the knowledge legacy of the London 2012 Games by Vassil Girginov, Brunel University and Mike Collins, University of Gloucestershire Knowledge-Creation

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