I joined the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport at Stirling in 2019 and I am currently Head of Sport and Deputy Dean of the Faculty. Prior to this I spent most of my career at Loughborough University, where I was a director of the Institute of Youth Sport, before moving to Brunel University London in 2010. I have been researching and lecturing in sport and health since the 1980s, with a particular focus on sport, health and social inequality. I engage with practitioner groups and policy makers to make sure my work is relevant and informed by their expertise, and draw on this real-world knowledge in my lecturing where I contribute to our taught courses in sport policy and health inequalities, and supervise student dissertations and project work.
I am a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and my research into the social benefits of sport has been conducted in the UK and internationally. It includes a decade of work researching the capacity of sport to contribute to international development goals and support HIV-AIDS education for young people, through projects funded by Sport England, DfID and British Council. Since 2010 I have focused on sport, health and well-being, and the challenges that social inequalities pose for promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Between 2016-19 I was Associate Director of the ESRC-funded Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership, a collaboration between the University of Oxford, Brunel University and The Open University.
Event / Presentation
“Poor people! How austerity and deprivation undermine health(y) behaviour". Keynote, BASES and Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange Network
Keynote to the Yorkshire and Humber Physical Activity Knowledge Exchange Network (YoHPAKE), January.
“Informing sport and physical activity guidance: hearing the voices of austerity”. Observatory for Sport in Scotland and sportscotland "Many voices, one big conversation" Think Event, December.
Presentation to the Observatory for Sport in Scotland and sportscotland "Many voices, one big conversation" Think Event, December, Edinburgh
“Time's up: acting now to put health inequalities at the centre of PA research, policy and practice”. Keynote, FUSE Tenth Anniversary Physical Activity Symposium, FUSE Centre for Translational Research in Public Health: Newcastle University
Keynote, Physical Activity and Health Inequalities, FUSE Tenth Anniversary Physical Activity Symposium, FUSE Centre for Translational Research in Public Health: Newcastle University, April
"Getting people active through sport: overcoming inactivity". Plenary, 7th Annual Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference, London, March.
Getting people active through sport: overcoming inactivity. Plenary presentation to the 7th Annual Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference, London, March 2017
“Leisure for health: the ultimate challenge for social change”. Keynote, 17th Biennial Internatif Tasmania, Hobart.
Keynote to the “ Leisure for Social Change” 17th Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart.
“Irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status”: how national PA guidance fails older adults . ESRC Seminar series, Physical activity among hard-to-reach groups, Brunel University London.
Plenary presentation to the ESRC Seminar series, Physical activity among hard-to-reach groups: Issues of research, policy and practice, Brunel University London, November
Poor World: redressing policy failings through sociological analysis of sport and health; keynote, 10th Conference of the European Association of Sociology of Sport, Cordoba.
Women, sport, development Keynote, ‘Adelante Muchachas: moving together for a better world’, 17th Quadrennial Congress IAPESGW, Cuba, April
‘Sport in the service of international development: contributing to the Millennium Development Goals’, Plenary speaker United Nations/IOC forum of sport for development and peace, United Nations, Geneva, May
External Examiners and Validations
External examiner, BA Sport and Social Science, Bath University University of Bath
ESRC Review College, Doctoral Training Partnerships
External examiner, MSc Sports Management, University of Stirling
External Examiner, BA (Hons) Sport and Recreation Management, University of Edinburgh.
Other Academic Activities
Associate Director (Brunel) ESRC Grand Union DTP
Theme lead, Physical activity and inequalities, 7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress; Public Health England, International Society for Physical Activity and Health and Sport England.
Co-facilitator, British Council (Newton Fund) international early career Researcher Links Workshop, Sport and Social Transformation in Brazil; San Paulo, March 2015
Led by the University of Bath and funded by Newton Fund and FAPESP (the São Paulo Research Foundation).
Dean of Research, Brunel University London Brunel University
Professor of Sport and Social Sciences and Director, Brunel Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing (BC.SHaW)
Professor of Sport and Social Sciences and Director, Brunel Centre for Sport, Health and Wellbeing (BC.SHaW)
Deputy Director, Institute of Youth Sport, Loughborough University Loughborough University
Kay T (2020) Sport and social inequality. Observatory for Sport in Scotland. Observatory for Sport in Scotland: Academic Review Paper. Edinburgh. https://www.oss.scot/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Sport-Social-Inequality-Tess-Kay-review-paper-1.pdf
Hall J, Kay T, McConnell AK & Mansfield L (2019) Implementation of sit-stand desks as a workplace health initiative: stakeholder views. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 12 (5), pp. 369-386. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJWHM-02-2019-0026
Mansfield L, Kay T, Anokye N & Fox-Rushby J (2019) Community Sport and the Politics of Aging: Co-design and Partnership Approaches to Understanding the Embodied Experiences of Low-Income Older People. Frontiers in Sociology, 4, Art. No.: 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2019.00005
Hall J, Kay T, McConnell A & Mansfield L (2019) "Why would you want to stand?" an account of the lived experience of employees taking part in a workplace sit-stand desk intervention. BMC Public Health, 19, Art. No.: 1692. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-8038-9
Anokye N, Mansfield L, Kay T, Sanghera S, Lewin A & Fox-Rushby J (2018) The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a complex community sport intervention to increase physical activity: an interrupted time series design. BMJ Open, 8 (12), Art. No.: e024132. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024132
Mansfield L, Kay T, Anokye N & Fox-Rushby J (2018) A qualitative investigation of the role of sport coaches in designing and delivering a complex community sport intervention for increasing physical activity and improving health. BMC Public Health, 18, Art. No.: 1196. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6089-y
Mansfield L, Kay T, Meads C, Grigsby-Duffy L, Lane J, John A, Daykin N, Dolan P, Testoni S, Julier G, Payne A, Tomlinson A & Victor C (2018) Sport and dance interventions for healthy young people (15-24 years) to promote subjective well-being: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 8 (7), Art. No.: e020959. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020959
Daykin N, Mansfield L, Meads C, Julier G, Tomlinson A, Payne A, Grigsby Duffy L, Lane J, D’Innocenzo G, Burnett A, Kay T, Dolan P, Testoni S & Victor C (2018) What works for wellbeing? A systematic review of wellbeing outcomes for music and singing in adults. Perspectives in Public Health, 138 (1), pp. 39-46. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913917740391
Kay T (2017) Only connect: How social science can improve physical activity guidance. In: Piggin J, Mansfield L & Weed M (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. 1st ed. Routledge International Handbooks. London: Routledge, pp. 106-119. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315672779
Daykin N, Mansfield L, Payne A, Kay T, Meads C, D'Innocenzo G, Burnett A, Dolan P, Julier G, Longworth L, Tomlinson A, Testoni S & Victor C (2017) What works for wellbeing in culture and sport? Report of a DELPHI process to support coproduction and establish principles and parameters of an evidence review. Perspectives in Public Health, 137 (5), pp. 281-288. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913916674038
Rhind DJA, Kay T, Hills L & Owusu-Sekyere F (2017) Building a system to safeguard children in sport: The eight CHILDREN pillars. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 41 (2), pp. 151-171. https://doi.org/10.1177/0193723517696966
Kay T (2016) Bodies of knowledge: connecting the evidence bases on physical activity and health inequalities. International Journal of Sport Policy, 8 (4), pp. 539-557. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2016.1228690
Hall J, Mansfield L, Kay T & McConnell AK (2015) The effect of a sit-stand workstation intervention on daily sitting, standing and physical activity: Protocol for a 12 month workplace randomised control trial. BMC Public Health, 15, Art. No.: 152. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-015-1506-y
Mansfield L, Anokye N, Fox-Rushby J & Kay T (2015) The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) intervention and evaluation project: Protocol for the design, outcome, process and economic evaluation of a complex community sport intervention to increase levels of physical activity. BMJ Open, 5 (10), Art. No.: e009276. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009276
Jeans R, Magee J, Kay T & Banda D (2013) Sport for development in Zambia: The new or not so new colonisation?. In: Hallinan C & Judd B (eds.) Native Games: Indigenous Peoples and Sports in the Post-Colonial World. Research in the Sociology of Sport, Volume 7. Bingley: Emerald, pp. 127-145. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1476-2854%282013%290000007011
Kay T (2013) Sport and youth inclusion in the ‘Majority World’. In: Dagkas S & Armour K (eds.) Inclusion and Exclusion Through Youth Sport (Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 218-232. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203852392
Jeanes R & Kay T (2013) Conducting research with young people in the global south. In: te Reile K & Brooks R (eds.) Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 19-30. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203140796
Kay T & Spaaij R (2012) The mediating effects of family on sport in international development contexts. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47 (1), pp. 77-94. https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690210389250
Pringle R, Kay T & Jenkins JM (2011) Masculinities, gender relations and leisure studies: Are we there yet?. Annals of Leisure Research, 14 (2-3), pp. 107-119. https://doi.org/10.1080/11745398.2011.618447
Bradbury S & Kay T (2008) Stepping into community? The impact of youth sport volunteering on young people's social capital. In: Nicholson M & Hoye R (eds.) Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 285-315. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780080569727
Kay T & Jeanes R (2007) Women, sport and gender inequity. In: Houlihan B (ed.) Sport and Society: A Student Introduction. 2 ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, pp. 130-154. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781446278833.n7
Kay T (2006) Daughters of Islam: Family influences on muslim young women's participation in sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (3), pp. 357-373. https://doi.org/10.1177/1012690207077705
Kay T (1998) Having it all or doing it all? The construction of women's lifestyles in time-crunched households. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, 21 (2), pp. 435-454. https://doi.org/10.1080/07053436.1998.10753663
Kay T & Jackson G (1991) Leisure despite constraint : the impact of leisure constraints on leisure participation (Les loisirs malgre la contrainte : l'impact des contraintes des loisirs sur la pratique). Journal of Leisure Research, 23 (4), pp. 301-313.
Kay T & Jackson G (1990) The operation of leisure constraints. In: Leisure challenges: bringing people, resources, and policy into play. Leisure challenges: bringing people, resources, and policy into play, University of Waterloo, Ontario, 09.05.1990-12.05.1990. Waterloo, Ontario: Ontario Research Council on Leisure, pp. 352-356.
Kay T (1989) Active unemployment- A leisure pattern for the future? [Le chômage actif: une avenue possible?] [El paro activo: una avenida posible?]. Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, 12 (2), pp. 413-430. https://doi.org/10.1080/07053436.1989.10715338