Associate Members


Mathias profil KBHBoldMathias Sune Berg is an Associate Professor in teacher education at University College Capitol (UCC) in Copenhagen, specialising in physical education. He is currently finishing his PhD in educational research in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, and the Department of Research, Development and Internationalization, UCC. Mathias’ research is a phenomenologically inspired practice-based study of the significance of the body in leadership of inclusive learning environments in Danish primary schools.
lincolnshire-county-councilDr Sarah Chaudhary has a background is in community health research. Her most recent academic projects and publications have focused on the impact of peer support and lay expertise on patient health and healthcare delivery. She is currently based at Lincolnshire County Council Public Health Directorate where she is working with HART on research around diet, food systems and obesity.
Dr Helen Clegg is a Lecturer at the University of Buckingham.  Her research interests are focused on individual differences, in particular creativity, and identity.  She engages in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and analyses.  Recently her research has focused on dance, and more specifically on dance teachers’ perceptions and experiences of boys who dance.  Helen works with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, and Dr Helen Owton, HART Associate and based at The Open University.
Dr Adam Evans is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise & Sports at the University of Copenhagen, Adam’s research focuses upon the social, qualitative aspects of participation in sport, exercise and physical activity, as well as programme evaluation of a range of community-based projects. Adam’ research embraces embodied experiences during physical activity, sport and exercise amongst several marginalised groups, together with the monitoring and evaluation of community-based physical activity and health and sports interventions in marginalised groups, including older adults, and disabled children.
John Hockey (2)Dr John Hockey is a Senior Researcher at the University of Gloucestershire. He has co-researched with Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson on projects  across the sociologies of sport, education, and work. His current research interest  is in the application of sociological phenomenology to the mundane embodiment of sport and occupations, and in the sociology of organizational time.  John was awarded a Sage prize for sociological innovation by the British Sociological Association. 
Photo GeorgeDr George Jennings is Lecturer in Sport Sociology/Physical Culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and is interested in alternative and traditionalist physical cultures such as the non-sporting martial arts, Eastern movement forms and native games. His current research examines the complex relationships between martial arts and health in modern society.  He is also co-founder of the Documents Research Network (DRN) with colleagues from Cardiff University, and is academic consultant for DojoTV.
Dr Richard Keegan is Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Canberra. Richard has experience of working with athletes from a range of backgrounds and levels: from beginners to world champions, and in a range of sports. His research includes work in exercise with Parkinson’s patients, examining the social-motivational influences on people’s levels of physical activity  and examining the effectiveness of weight management programmes.
Research StudentsDr Gareth McNarry is Assistant Performance Swimming Coach and Para-Swimming Lead with Loughborough University’s performance swimming team. He was formerly a PhD student and then Research Assistant with HART, and he continues to research and publishes with HART colleagues, Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans (University of Copenhagen), including on sporting embodiment and sensory work in performance swimming. Details of shared research interests can be found on Gareth’s ResearchGate profile.
THE OPENMs Stacey Mitchell is a Regional Development Officer for the Golf Foundation and graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2016 after studying for an MSc by Research, focusing her analytic attention on Gender Inequality in Golf. She currently sits on the Board of the England Golf Trust, a charity that helps young golfers in financial need. Stacey has published in partnership with Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans (University of Copenhagen), including in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, and her findings were cited in a report produced by the R & A.
Dr Hayden Bird is a Research Assistant with HART, Hayden has a background in applied research and HART Staffevaluation across criminal justice, higher education, social work and the voluntary and community sector. Hayden’s role involves research on the learning and evaluation of the Talk Eat Drink (TED) East Lindsey project at Community Lincs (part of Lincolnshire YMCA). TED forms part of the ‘Ageing Better’ programme set up by the National Lottery Community Fund with the aim of developing creative ways for people aged 50+ to be actively involved in their communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.

Dr Helen Owton
is a Lecturer in Sport & Fitness and an Associate Lecturer in Social Psychology at The Open University in the UK. Helen’s research specialisms lie in innovative qualitative investigations of sporting embodiment and gender. Her research focuses around and chronic illnesses (especially asthma), women’s boxing, maltreatment/abuse and dance. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Qualitative Methods in Psychology.
Dr Kate Timmins With a background in nutritional and physical activity epidemiology, Kate’s research is concerned with the lifestyle determinants of health and chronic non-communicable diseases. Previous projects have focused on environmental factors affecting food choice, the measurement of diet and physical activity, the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, and the use of ‘big data’ for obesity research.
Dr Arianna Radin
is an Italian sociologist working at the University of Turin, Italy. She works within the fields of the sociology of professions, sociology of health, and visual sociology, and her primary research interests are in childhood obesity, health promotion and e-health.  Arianna visited HART in autumn 2014 and was involved in the research project on Health Trainers’ Occupational Roles, with Mr Geoff Middleton and Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson.
Professor Mo Ray is Professor of Health and Social Care, and Director of the Healthy Ageing Research Group at the University of Lincoln. Mo’s research focuses on social work with older people, social gerontology and health and social care.  She has written, developed and delivered a range of CPD courses in ageing/social gerontology and dementia. Mo has extensive experience in social work programme management, learning and teaching, and research and scholarship.  She has also co-supervised PhD students in conjunction with members of HART.
NooraDr Noora Ronkainen is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her work mainly draws on existential and narrative psychology to study athletes’ and coaches’ career development, identity in sport and spirituality. In 2019, Noora commenced an EU-funded project at the University of Jyväskylä examining learning in sport from an existential-phenomenological perspective. The project is developed in close collaboration with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and other international colleagues.
Professor Tatiana Ryba is Professor of Sport Psychology, in the Department of Psychology and the Methodology Centre for Human Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Tatiana is head of the Winning in the Long Run research group, investigating the developmental trajectories and life design of talented youth athletes. Her other interests include culture, gender, transnationalism and cultivating peace within the self.  She has been guest editor, with Natalia Stambulova, of the special issue “Transnational migration in sport and exercise” for Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
Andi Seago is Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at University Centre Peterborough. She is an Applied Practitioner and student within the School of Health and Social Care, and her research focusses on maintaining the benefits of initial cardiac rehabilitation in heart failure patients. Supervised by Professor Niro Siriwardena, Dr Arwel Jones (Monash University, Melbourne Australia), Dr Ffion Curtis (University of Leicester) and Dr Hannah Henderson; her work embraces the use of physical activity/exercise to reduce symptoms of heart failure and to increase quality of life.
Professor Niro Siriwardena is Professor of Primary and Pre-hospital Health Care and Director of the Community and Health Research Unit at the University of Lincoln. His research involves mixed methods and focuses on improving healthcare quality and outcomes in general practice, primary care and ambulance services. He has co-supervised PhD students in conjunction with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and Dr Adam Evans of HART.
Dr Alan Thomson is Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UCLAN. Alan’s research focuses upon the life courses of educators operating in different spaces. In seeking to understand how their roles and identities are embodied, Alan is interested in the interactions and social relations that play out amidst the complexities of ever-changing educational landscapes. His recent research examined the micropolitics and power relations evident in a physical education department.
hittingthebag2Dr Anu Vaittinen  was formerly based at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her doctoral research explored the development of different varieties of embodied knowing, through a phenomenological, ethnographic investigation of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Her research interests lie in the qualitative study of physical culture and include: interdisciplinary approaches, phenomenological sociology, in particular the intertwining of embodiment, sensory perception, situatedness, and lived experience within combat sports, health & fitness, and cardiac rehabilitation. Anu’s research profile can be found on ResearchGate.
RachelDr Rachel Williams is Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University, and was previously based in the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, Bradford Institute for Health Research, University of Leeds. Formerly a research student with HART, Rachel was supervised by Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, Professor Jacqui Briggs, and Dr Adam Evans (University of Copenhagen). Rachel continues to research and publish with members of HART.
Dr Zainab Yusuf is a Chartered Psychologist, and a Researcher at the University of Leicester, where she is qualitative lead  for an NIHR-funded global study in respiratory sciences. Zainab’s doctoral thesis was undertaken at De Montfort University, and explored the life worlds of South Asian people with asthma and their sporting and exercise experiences. Her PhD was supervised by Dr Diane Wensley (De Montfort University), Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson (HART, University of Lincoln), and Dr Helen Owton (The Open University).