Dr April Henning


Sport Stirling

Dr April Henning

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About me

I joined the University of Stirling in 2018 as a Lecturer in Sport Studies. I have a PhD in Sociology and completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the United States. My main research area is substance use in sport and fitness contexts, including gender, sports doping, fitness doping and image and performance enhancing drug (IPED) use, harm reduction, and anti-doping policy. My first book (with Jesper Andreasson; Common Ground Publishers), Performance Cultures and Doped Bodies, was published in 2021 and my second, Doping: A Sporting History (with Paul Dimeo; Reaktion Books), was published in 2022. My forthcoming book Hegemony & Sport (with Andreasson; Common Ground), will be published in June 2022. I am also editor of the Covid-19 and Sport series of edited volumes, Time Out (vol 1 and 2; 2021) and Restart (2022), published by Common Ground, and editor of the forthcoming anthology Doping in Sport and Fitness (2023; Emerald Publishers).

I am a Director of the S3RG Research Group within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and a member of the Faculty Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. I have active roles within my research sub-field. I am also Director of the International Network of Doping Researchers (INDR) and a Steering Committee member of Anabolic Steroids UK (ASUK). I am an Associate Editor at the journal Performance Enhancement & Health and an Editorial Board member of the Sport & Society journal and research network.

I coordinate and deliver the module Doping in Sports: Scandals and Policy Response (SPSU9DS) and Sport Studies - Issues and Concepts (SPSUS13; Singapore). I also teach on various undergraduate and post-graduate modules and supervise undergraduate and post-graduate dissertations.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Director, Sport Social Science Research Group

Professional membership

Director, International Network of Doping Researchers (INDR)

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