PhD Funding – Gender and Sport

5 fully-funded studentships are available as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training at Loughborough. 

One of the most influential, powerful and visible institutions upholding the gender binary is sport – where participation is predominantly segregated by biological sex, rooted in the widely-held beliefs about fairness and the biological advantages associated with being male. Such beliefs are over-simplistic, legitimise discrimination, and hinder the sports participation of transgender (intersex, trans, non-binary) individuals. With the rapidly growing societal visibility of transgender people, there is an unprecedented need to address areas where discrimination may arise.

The newly formed Gender and Sport Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), led by Dr Gemma Witcomb in the School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), is recruiting five highly motivated PhD students to explore the current and changing landscape of sports participation for transgender adults and children and recommend changes to promote inclusive participation.

This multi-disciplinary mini-CDT will support five PhDs, across three schools (SSEHS, School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences & School of the Arts, English and Drama), that together employ a diverse set of methodologies to explore, across a spectrum of stakeholders (teachers, parents, cis children and adults, trans children and adults, athletes, non-athletes, clinicians, policy makers and sports governing bodies) the critical, timely issue of gender diversity in sports participation.

Please see the website for the five different areas of the project, especially those supervised by Gendered Lives members Gemma Witcomb (“Changing Teams” and “The Faces of Sport”), Line Nyhagen (“Challenging the Rule Book”), Catherine Armstrong and Jennifer Cooke (“Off the Pitch”).

Deadline for applications: 15th June 2018.