Dr Stuart Whigham

Senior Lecturer in Sport, Coaching and Physical Education

Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Stuart Whigham


Stuart's teaching interests link to both his academic specialisms in the field of the sociology and politics of sport, and his professional experiences in physical education. He currently teaches across a range of modules on the Sport, Coaching and Physical Education degree programme, with his main teaching and module leadership responsiblities focused on our modules linked to the field of the sociology of sport.

Stuart also acts as the Postgraduate Research Tutor for the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work, with responsibilities for postgraduate research student matters within the Department.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • An Introduction to the Sociology of Sport
  • Global and Cultural Studies in Sport
  • Research Methods for Sport and Health Sciences
  • Advanced Social Theory in Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
  • Pedagogic Practice in Coaching and Physical Education
  • Project / Dissertation


I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate research students with interests within the field of the sociology and politics of sport, for consideration for the Faculty of Health and Life Science's MA/MSc by Research and MPhil/PhD research degree programmes:  Oxford Brookes University - Research Degrees

MA by Research - Current Students:

  • Hattie Little - 'Why do Channel Four and the British Broadcasting Company portray disability and disability sport differently? A media content and production analysis'
  • Evie Kite - 'How expectations of masculinity affects young men in sport and physical activity'

MPhil/PhD - Current Students:

  • Bonnie Lunn - 'Antisemitism in English football: a case study of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club' 
  • Josh Rowan - 'Being, becoming and embodying strength: the anthropology of sport, cultural creation of strength and its relationship to holistic health'
  • Fiyory Ghezae - 'Nonlinear pedagogy to support children in play and physical activity'
  • Foivos Papastaikoudis - 'Challenge and trauma on the talent development pathway'

MA by Research - Past Students:

  • Milly Laffey - 'Contemporary perceptions of femininity and masculinity and how these influence female athletes’ actions and behaviours'
  • Rory Phibbs - 'Modern masculinities, male hockey players and their perceptions of female coaches'
  • Harry Spinks - 'You can’t sit with us: habitus, capital, and socio-economic background in the established status of university sports'
  • Tom Pill - 'Do women get the same opportunities in horse racing as men? A Bourdieusian study'


Stuart's research interests revolve around the sociology and politics of sport, with a particular interest in the study of national identity, nationalism and sport; the politics of sport and sporting events; the politics of the Commonwealth Games; the sociology and politics of Scottish sport; and, sport and the Scottish diaspora.

Stuart also acts as an Associate Editor for the Sport in Society journal.

Centres and institutes



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Member of International Sociology of Sport Association
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy