Exploring issues influencing health, exercise, sport and physical activity

The Wellbeing Research Group explores interdisciplinary research into a range of embodiment and identity issues in health, sport, and physical activity social contexts.

We conduct fundamental and applied multi-disciplinary research that aims to develop 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.

The group undertakes research in areas such as: 

  • Sociology of sport
  • The lived experience of health and illness conditions
  • Physical-cultural embodiment
  • Psychology of physical activity and exercise
  • Optimal experiences in exercise and physical activity
  • Athlete mental health and help-seeking
  • Race, masculinity and its representation in the media

Our focus is 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‚Äôs everyday lives. 


Academic Staff

Name Position

Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson 

Professor Emerita

Dr Hannah Henderson

Associate Professor

Dr Patricia Jackman

Associate Professor

Dr Hanya Pielichaty

Associate Professor

Doctoral Students


Dona Hall

Georgia Clay

Rebecca Hawkins

Oliver Williamson

Recent Publications

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