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.
Helen CleggDr 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, disabled children, parents and pre-school aged children, GP referrals and people with severe and enduring mental illness.
John Hockey (2)Dr John Hockey is a Research Fellow 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. 
Ms Gail Jackson has a professional background in statutory social care and third sector, having worked for over 20 years in regulated social care organisations. Gail has undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and social work and is currently CEO of the UK Children’s Neuroblastoma charity, Solving Kids’ Cancer. Gail is also pursuing an MBA in leadership and has a specialist interest in the impact of third sector organisations and their role in supporting marginalised individuals, groups and communities.
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 KeeganDr 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.
florianDr Florian Lebreton is a French sociologist based at the Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale.  He is interested in sporting culture, especially issues of identity, health, environment, youth policy and cultural practices (urban culture) as well as qualitative research methodologies, and has published a number of books and articles in these domains. He has also published with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson and other colleagues on sports students, gender and alcohol ab/use, in Sex RolesA Journal of Research.
Dr. Aspasia Leledaki Dr Aspasia Leledaki is an independent qualitative researcher currently based in Exeter, Devon, UK. She has worked on research projects with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson of HART, and is experienced in the use of ethnography, life history and audio-visual methods to understand socio-cultural phenomena, including: a) Outdoor physical activity in the ‘natural’ environment, including issues of access and inequality; b) Embodied transformations, ecological narratives and veganism in modern meditation and yoga subcultures; c) Vegan fitness and sport; and d) Critical perspectives on animal use in sport, leisure and therapy.
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 recent report produced by the R & A.
Meredith NashDr Meredith Nash is based in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia, and an interdisciplinary qualitative researcher in the fields of feminist sociology of the body, health sociology, and human geography. Her work focuses on the gendered body as a way of understanding the relationships between people, place, politics, and culture. Current research interests include:  physical activity in rural populations, parkrun, CrossFit/masculinities, postfeminist fitness media, and leadership for women in STEMM. Meredith is a member of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team at the University of Tasmania, and was a visiting scholar with HART and with the Eleanor Glanville Centre at Lincoln during autumn 2017.

Helen-Owton-300x252Dr 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.
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Dr Amanda Pavey
 was formerly based at the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland, Australia, Amanda co-researches with Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson. Her current research focuses on qualitative explorations of the biographical and physical transitions occurring throughout the pathways of neurodegenerative illness experience, specifically Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Amanda’s work includes aspects of end-of-life and palliative care.
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.
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.
NiroProfessor 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 is currently based at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her doctoral thesis explored the development of different varieties of embodied knowing, through a phenomenological, ethnographic investigation of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and 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.
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.
AsthmaDr Zainab Yusuf is 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).