About the Project
The need to find a different way to explain sport volunteering behaviour is important, as UK sport volunteering levels remain worryingly static (Reid & Findlay-King, 2019). This study will take a qualitative life course approach (e.g. Hardhill & Baines, 2007; Brodie at al., 2011; Hogg, 2016) as a better way to understand sport volunteering as lived experience. After all ‘Volunteering needs to be understood as taking part in a lifelong process rather than studied at a single point in time’ (Rochester, 2018, p.11). It is anticipated that the study will be theoretically framed by examining the role of various capitals in understanding volunteering. This could include exploring how the concept of Sporting Capital (Rowe, 2015) might help us appreciate how individuals adapt to changes for example, in paid work, family commitments and location; by continuing to take part in sport, but in different forms?
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g., SF20/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Open
Start Date: October 2020 or March 2021
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
any enquiries to Dr Lindsay Findlay-King ([Email Address Removed])
Findlay-King L., Nichols G., Forbes D. & Macfadyen G. (2018) Watching the pennies and the people – how volunteer-led sport facilities have transformed services for local communities, Managing Sport and Leisure, 23:4-6, 277-292, doi: 10.1080/23750472.2018.1550369
Findlay-King L., Nichols G., Forbes D. and Macfadyen G. (2018) Little leisure centres and libraries in the Big Society: fighting closures or empowering communities as an alternative to the state?, Leisure Studies, 37:2, 158-170, doi: 10.1080/02614367.2017.1285954
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