We are delighted to announce that a current HART member, Gareth McNarry, one of our dual PhD studentship-funded students (Universities of Lincoln and Copenhagen) successfully defended his thesis at a public viva held at the University of Lincoln on 18 September, with an unconditional award being recommended. The doctorate is a dual award of both universities. The examining team comprised Professor Nick Crossley, University of Manchester, and Dr Helle Winther, University of Copenhagen, with members of the audience also invited to ask questions. Gareth’s doctoral research focused upon the sociological-phenomenological study of a range of embodiment issues in competitive swimming.
The thesis was supervised by Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson (HART), and Dr Adam Evans, Associate Professor (University of Copenhagen). Gareth has published some of his work on the challenges of engaging in bracketing and reflexivity in phenomenologically-inspired research, in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health. Our warmest congratulations to Dr Gareth McNarry on such well-deserved success!