Health Advancement Research Team

Exploring Embodiment and Identity

Exploring interdisciplinary research into a range of embodiment and identity issues in health, sport and physical activity social contexts.

For more information please see below, or visit our Research blog page and Twitter

What are we Doing?

We conduct fundamental and applied multi-disciplinary research that explores critically and develops understanding of identity and embodiment in a range of health, education and body-related domains, including informing policy and practice in healthcare, nutrition, education and physical cultural settings.


Why is it important?

Understanding the ways in which individuals and social groups experience and give meaning to embodied experiences, such as physical activity, health and illness conditions, is central to developing effective policy and practice to take into account people’s everyday lives. 


How are we different?

The group draws on multi-disciplinary and world-class expertise, both academic and practitioner-based, in developing innovative methodological and theoretical approaches to address a wide range of embodiment issues.



Academic Staff

Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson 


Mr Dan Bishop

Senior Lecturer

Dr Adam Coussens

Senior Lecturer

Dr Lee Crust

Senior Lecturer

Prof Nigel Curry

Visiting Professor

Dr Nik Dickerson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Adam Evans

Assistant Professor, University of Copenhagen

Mrs Donna Windard

Senior Lecturer

Mrs Hannah Henderson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Patricia Jackman


Mr Gareth McNarry

MPhil/PhD Student

Mr Geoff Middleton

Senior Lecturer

Ms Anna Mongan

Associate Lecturer

Dr Danny Taylor



Associate Members 


Mr Mathias Sune Berg

University of Copenhagen

Dr Sarah Chaudhary

Lincolnshire County Council Public Health

Dr Helen Clegg

University of Northampton

Dr John Hockey

University of Gloucestershire

Dr George Jennings

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr Richard Keegan

University of Canberra

Dr Florian Lebreton

Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale

Dr Aspasia Leledaki

Independent Researcher, Exeter

Dr Meredith Nash

University of Tasmania

Dr Helen Owton

The Open University

Dr Amanda Pavey

Motor Neurone Disease Association, Queensland

Dr Arianna Radin

University of Turin

Prof Niro Siriwardena

CaHRU, Lincoln

Dr Anu Vaittinen

University of Newcastle
Dr Rachel Williams University of Leeds
Dr Zainab Yusuf De Montfort University

Our 10 Latest Research Outputs


Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Owton, Helen and Crust, Lee (2016) Opening up dialogues and airways: using vignettes to enrich asthma understandings in sport and exercise. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health . ISSN 2159-676X

Evans, Adam and Bishop, Daniel and Middleton, Geoff and Carter, Alice (2016) Personal goals, group performance and ‘social’ networks: participants’ negotiation of virtual and embodied relationships in the ‘Workplace Challenge’ physical activity programme. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health . ISSN 2159-676X
Evans, Adam B. and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Williams, Rachel K. (2016) Risky bodies, risky spaces, maternal ‘instincts’: swimming and motherhood.International Review for the Sociology of Sport . ISSN 1012-6902
Mitchell, Stacey and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Evans, Adam (2016) ‘Ladies present!’: an auto/ethnographic study of women amateur golfers at an English provincial golf club. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health . ISSN 2159-676X
Evans, A. B. and Allen-Collinson, J. (2016) From ‘just a swimmer’ to a ‘swimming mother’: women’s embodied experiences of recreational aquatic activity with pre-school children. Leisure Studies, 35 (2). pp. 141-156. ISSN 0261-4367
Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Hockey, John (2016) Intercorporeal enaction and synthrony: the case of distance-running. In: Intercorporeal and interkinesthetic enaction in sports. John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam. ISBN
Connolly, Daniel J. and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn and Evans, Adam (2016) A level playing ‘field’? A Bourdieusian analysis of the career aspirations of further education students on sports courses. Sport, Education & Society . ISSN 1357-3322
Owton, Helen and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2016) Conformers, contesters, creators: vignettes of asthma identities and sporting embodiment.International Review for the Sociology of Sport . ISSN 1012-6902
Hockey, John and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2015) Digging in: the sociological phenomenology of ‘doing endurance’ in distance-running. In: Endurance running: a socio-cultural examination. Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society (51). Routledge, London / New York, pp. 227-242. ISBN 9781138810426
Pavey, Amanda and Warren, Narelle and Allen-Collinson, Jacquelyn (2015) 'It gives me my freedom’: technology and responding to bodily limitations in Motor Neuron Disease. Medical Anthropology, 34 (5). pp. 442-455. ISSN 0145-9740