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Spaces of Sport Health and Fitness/ Visual Methods

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Merchant
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

With a background in Human Geography and research experience focusing on the themes of sport, wellbeing, learning and land/seascapes, my research explores the links between nature and wellbeing as well as technology and the body. I have also written about the merits of visual methodologies and am keen to experiment with innovative approaches to capturing sensory perception qualitatively. My research is grounded in phenomenological, non-representational and post-human philosophies of the body and embodiment.

I am interested in supervising research that focuses on the spaces (or land/seascapes) of health and fitness, technology and the sporting body, as well multi-sensory and visual methodological innovations in relation to the study of fitness and embodiment.

Funding Notes

Dr Merchant will consider applications from those applicants who are happy to compete for University and Graduate School funding or obtain external funding. Funding is difficult to obtain and highly competitive. You are responsible for researching sources of funding early (in some cases up to 12 months in advance) and applying (in conjunction with your agreed supervisor) for as many as possible. For further details of Graduate School funding competitions see the webpage:


Merchant, S., 2011. Negotiating underwater space: The sensorium, the body and the practice of scuba-diving. Tourist Studies, 11 (3), pp. 215-223.

Merchant, S., 2011. The body and the senses; Visual methods, videography and the submarine sensorium. Body and Society, 17 (1), pp. 53-72.

How good is research at University of Bath in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.00

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