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)

Research (2)

My research considers the intersection of sport, substance use (e.g. doping, IPED use), and gender. I have particular interests in health, policy, and harm reduction. I have recently completed projects funded by the Wellcome Trust, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)


IPEDs and Polydrug Use: Knowledge, Services, and Gaps
PI: Dr April Henning
Funded by: The Wellcome Trust

Social Change and doping decision-making: building a conceptual framework and survey development
PI: Dr April Henning
Funded by: World Anti-Doping Agency

Outputs (42)


Authored Book

Henning A & Dimeo P (2022) Doping: A Sporting History. London: Reaktion Books. http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?ISB=9781789145274&nat=false&stem=true&sf1=keyword&st1=april%2Bhenning&m=1&dc=1

Book Chapter

Dimeo P & Henning A (2022) Sport, Drugs, and Doping. In: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapter

Krieger J & Henning A (2021) Drug Testing. In: Pedersen PM (ed.) Encyclopedia of Sport Management. Elgar Encyclopedias in Business and Management series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 153-154. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/encyclopedia-of-sport-management-9781800883277.html

Book Review

Christiansen AV, Henning A, Lopez Frias FJ & Hoberman JM (2021) Book Symposium: Ask Vest Christiansen's Gym Culture, Identity and Performance-Enhancing Drugs. Review of: Gym Culture, Identity and Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Tracing a Typology of Steroid Use, Ask Vest Christiansen, London: Routledge, 2020, 252pp. ISBN: 9780367863302. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 15 (4), pp. 572-593. https://doi.org/10.1080/17511321.2021.1949386

Website Content

Henning A & Andreasson J (2021) Anti-Doping: Producing Health or Harm?. MESO-Rx Forum [Blog post] 29.09.2021. https://thinksteroids.com/articles/anti-doping-producing-health-or-harm/


Henning A (2021) Challenging categories and contexts in doping. Twelfth International Conference on Sport and Society, Granada, Spain, 24.06.2021-25.06.2021. https://sportandsociety.com/about/history/2021-conference

Newspaper Article

Dimeo P & Henning A (2018) The Outer Line: WADA, and the future of anti-doping. VeloNews. 12.12.2018. https://www.velonews.com/2018/12/commentary/the-outer-line-wada-and-the-future-of-anti-doping_482188

Book Chapter

Dimeo P & Henning A (2018) The Decline of Trust in British Sport Since the London Olympics: Team Sky’s Fall from Grace. In: Fincoeur B, Gleaves J & Ohl F (eds.) Doping in Cycling: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Ethics and Sport. London: Routledge, pp. 177-188. https://www.routledge.com/Doping-in-Cycling-Interdisciplinary-Perspectives-1st-Edition/Fincoeur-Gleaves-Ohl/p/book/9781138477902

Book Chapter

Henning A (2018) Substance Use, Anti-Doping, and Health in Amateur Cycling. In: Fincoeur B, Gleaves J & Ohl F (eds.) Doping in Cycling: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Ethics and Sport. London: Routledge, pp. 45-54. https://www.routledge.com/Doping-in-Cycling-Interdisciplinary-Perspectives-1st-Edition/Fincoeur-Gleaves-Ohl/p/book/9781138477902

Website Content

Dimeo P & Henning A (2018) How to improve anti-doping. The Sports Integrity Initiative [Blog Post] 23.08.2018. http://www.sportsintegrityinitiative.com/how-to-improve-anti-doping/



Module Coordinator:

SPSU9DS (Doping in Sport: Scandals and Policy Response)

SPSUSI3 (Sports Studies - Issues and Concepts; Singapore campus)

Module Contributor:

SPSU913 (Sports Studies - Issues and Concepts)

SPSU9SB (Managing the Business of Sport)

SPSU9SG (Sport Governance)

SPSU059 (Sport Management Challenges)

SPSU9RP (Major Projects in Sport Studies)

SPSU053 (Research Project in Sport Management)

Research programmes

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