Research interests: sociology of sport, imperial history, identity politics and media & communications.
I am currently undertaking my PhD at Loughborough University in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.
I am interested in exploring the multi-layered construction of British identity as part of a multi-national figuration of British home nation and Commonwealth interdependence. Historically rooted and processually orientated these interests aim to explore how ‘British identity’ is constructed, framed and represented in various contemporary media texts.
The aim of my thesis is to explore how the domestic (British home nations) and foreign (Australia, Canada, New Zealand) media construct, frame and represent British identity during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Ceremonies. Particular attention is given to examining how notions of ’empire’ are used within the media’s construction of Britain as well as the long-term effects underlying the post-imperial decline of Britain and the British Empire.
In this work I argue for a multi-layered understanding of British identity and British social habitus. Based upon Britain’s imperial expansion and decline, this approach seeks to locate the home nations and former dominions/colonies as constitutive agents in analyses of Britain, the British Empire and British identity.
Concurrently, I lecture at Nottingham Trent University on the undergraduate module ‘Media & Cultural Challenges in Sport. In addition, I provide teaching support at Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. Click here for module information and teaching material.
I am also Co-Convenor for the BSA Postgraduate Forum. Click here for more information.