Sport Social Science Research Group (S3RG)

Our work

S3RG is a multi-disciplinary research group applying expertise in management, psychology, sociology, social policy, and coaching studies to critical research on issues related to the role of sport in society, locally, and internationally.

Our group

The Sport and Social Science Research Group is co-led by Dr April Henning and Dr Claudio Rocha.

Group Members

Dr April Henning (Co-Director of S3RG) whose research considers the intersection of sport and fitness with substance use (e.g. doping, IPED use), anti-doping policy, and gender.  

Dr Claudio Rocha (Co-Director of S3RG) whose research interests are in social impacts of hosting sport mega-events, mainly in developing countries.  

Dr Justine Allen whose research focuses on coach development and what coaches do, why, and how it impacts on participants, with a particular interest in motivational climate and life skills development.

Dr Jenni Connelly whose research focuses on using physical activity to prevent, manage, or cure health conditions. 

Dr Paul Dimeo whose main areas of research interest and expertise relate to drug use in sport and anti-doping policy. 

Dr Chris Hartley whose research interests are generally related to applied sport and exercise psychology. Specifically, Chris is interested in the design, delivery, and evaluation of social support in sport, often through the lens of social identity theory. 

Dr Hee Jung Hong whose research interest is in how to support high-performance athletes both during and after their sporting career. 

Professor Tess Kay whose research focuses on the relationship between sport and social inequalities, especially the impacts of poverty and deprivation on sport, physical activity, and health. 

Mr Robert Kielty whose research interests are in the management of sport from a range of perspectives, including professional and academy football, employment, and mentoring. 

Mr Stephen Macdonald who works in sport coaching and has a particular focus on coaching effectiveness, coaches’ decision making, coach development, and talent development with a holistic focus. 

Dr Robert Morris whose research focuses on understanding dual careers, transitions, and talent development in sport, with particular emphasis on understanding the individual, group, and cultural factors influencing these areas. 

Mr Stephen Morrow whose research focuses on financial aspects of sport, with a particular interest in the ownership and governance of football clubs and in the changing role of the football manager. 

Dr Kacey Neely whose research focuses on psychosocial aspects of youth sport and aims to promote positive experiences for all of those involved in the youth sport context (athletes, parents, coaches, peers). She has specific interests in coping with adversity, positive growth, life skill development, and parenting in youth sport. 

Dr Guy Wilkinson whose research includes statistical and economic analysis in sport. 

Dr Sarah Zipp is a researcher in the field of sport for development, with a focus on how gender influences capability development in youth participants in sport programmes. Her work also examines gender roles, norms, and attitudes in sport leadership

PhD students

Jordan Maclean
Francisco Fardilha
Fiona MacNeill
Tim Jones
Vedam Harihan
Mark Carroll
Simon Taylor
Michael Connelly
Hyeon Sung Lee
Kate Maltby
Rebecca Main
Emma Saunders
Simon Lovelock
Zixuan Xiao

Contact us

April Henning

Claudio Rocha