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Career History

I joined the School of Sport and Education (now the College of Health and Life Sciences) at Brunel in September 2010 after several years as a sports academic at Loughborough University. I am a multi-disciplinary social scientist who has been working in sport and leisure research since the 1980s.

Over the course of my career I have undertaken a broad range of sports research, including a substantial body of work on youth sport carried out between 2003-10 as Deputy Director of Loughborough University’s Institute of Youth Sport. Prior to this I had participated in the wider social policy research community, including several years working with comparative European researchers. Much of my personal research reflects this background, and addresses social policy agenda that stretch beyond sport to include issues such as multiculturalism, health and well-being, and education. I enjoy the opportunity to work with academics and policymakers in multidisciplinary collaborations to address wider research issues around sport. 

Newest selected publications

Kay, T. and Dudfield, O. (2013) 'The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development Through Sport'. Place of publication: Commonwealth Secretariat.


Brackenridge, CH., Kay, T. and Rhind, D. (2012) 'Sport, children's rights and violence prevention: A source book on global issues and local programmes'. London: Brunel University Press. ISSN 13: 978-1-908549-07-5 Open Access Link


Kay, T. (2012) 'Accounting for legacy: the role of monitoring and evaluation in sport in international development'. Sport in society, 15 (6). pp. 888 - 904. ISSN: 1743-0437

Journal article

Kay, T. and Spaaij, R. (2012) 'The mediating effects of family on sport in international development contexts'. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47 (1). pp. 77 - 94. ISSN: 1012-6902

Journal article

Kay, T. (2010) 'Researching sport and development: Beyond M+E'.2010 Power of Sport International Conference. Boston. [unpublished]

Conference paper
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