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Sport integrity, values and the meaning of ‘clean’ in elite sport and anti-doping

   Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care and Education

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This ‘project’ is a flexible portfolio of connected studies relating to sport integrity, clean sport, anti-doping education and/or legitimacy. Within these studies, a cross-generation and cross-cultural perspective is a particular but not exclusive interest.

Specific areas of interests are:

1.    Anti-doping legitimacy-as-perception and its relation to clean sport behaviour and anti-doping rule compliance

2.    Coping with doping: the clean athletes’ perspectives

3.    Qualitative / mixed method exploration of the ‘clean athlete identity’

4.    Qualitative exploration of performer identity and personal integrity in elite sports and performing arts (i.e., dance, physical theatre, circus arts, etc.)

5.    Sport related values and value systems in cultural context

6.    Prevalence of doping in amateur and fitness sport

7.    Revisiting doping attitude

Funding Notes

There is no funding for this project: applications can only be accepted from self-funded candidates


1. Petróczi, A. (2021). Why clean sport is more than just drug-free. Nature, 592, S16.
2. Petróczi, A., Heyes, A., Thrower, S. N., Martinelli, L. A., Backhouse, S. H., Boardley, I. D., & RESPECT Consortium. (2021). Understanding and building clean (er) sport together: Community-based participatory research with elite athletes and anti-doping organisations from five European countries. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 55, 101932.
3. Shelley, J., Thrower, S., & Petróczi, A. (2021). Racing clean in a tainted world: A qualitative exploration of the experiences and views of clean elite distance runners on doping and anti-doping. Frontiers in Psychology,
4. Woolway, T., Elbe, A-M., Barkoukis, V., Bochaver, K., Bondarev, D., Hudson, A., Kronenberg, L., Lazuras, L., Mallia, L., Ntovolis, Y., Zelli, A., & Petróczi, A. (2021). One does not fit all: European study shows significant differences in value-priorities in clean sport. Frontiers in Active Living and Sport: Anti-Doping Sciences,
5. Woolway, T., Lazuras, L., Barkoukis, V., & Petróczi, A. (2020). “Doing what is right and doing it right”: a mapping review of athletes' perception of anti-doping legitimacy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 84, 102865.
6. Gleaves, J., Petróczi, A., Folkerts, D., De Hon, O., Macedo, E., Saugy, M., & Cruyff, M. (2021). Doping prevalence in competitive sport: Evidence synthesis with “best practice” recommendations and reporting guidelines from the WADA Working Group on Doping Prevalence. Sports Medicine,
7. Folkerts, D., Loh, R., Petroczi, A., & Brückner, S. (2021). The Performance Enhancement Attitude Scale (PEAS) reached ‘adulthood’: Lessons and recommendations from a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise,

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