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Dr Laura Hills
Reader in Sociology of Sport

Heinz Wolff 219

Research area(s)

  • Sport and social change
  • Sporting inequalities - especially gender
  • Mediated sport
  • Engaging young people from diverse backgrounds in sport
  • Qualitative research
  • Sociology of sport

Research Interests

My research has always focus on sporting inequalities with particular attention to gender and, more recently, social disadvantage. I have conducted a number of evaluations with charities exploring how to engage girls and women in sport and understanding how sporting opportunities can best lead to positive outcomes for young people. I have an ongoing project with the Football Association exploring mixed gender football policy and recently completed a project evaluating Street League's sport and employability programme.

Research grants and projects

Research Projects

Project details

  • 2017 MAS What Works, DOSH, A2Dominion, Money Advice Service  E. Wainwright (PI) with K. Gilhooley.
  • 2012-2018 Injury Risk Assessment in Mixed Gender Football (6 projects). Football Association. L. Hills (PI) with S. Horne, and B. Baltzopoulos  
  •  2016 Made Outside the Classroom. Street League.L. Hills (PI) with Emma Wainwright.
  •  2015: A qualitative evaluation of Street League and Street Step. L.Hills (PI) with Emma Wainwright.
  •  2013 – 2016 Safeguarding Children in Sport. UNICEF/UKSport.  With C. Brackenridge (PI), D. Rhind, Tess Kay
  •  2013 Child Protection and the FIFA World Cup. Oak Foundation with C. Brackenridge (PI), D. Rhind, T. Kay
  •  2011-2013 StreetGames Building a Participation Legacy from the Olympic and Paralympic Games for disadvantaged young people.  L. Hills (PI) with S. Bradford and C. Johnston
  •  2011-2013 Usgirls/Active Women Consortium. L. Hills (PI)with A. Maitland
  •   2007-2009 Football Association. Investigation of Mixed Gender Football Trials (U12-U14). L. Hills (PI) with A. Croston and A. Maitland