Dr Belinda Wheaton
I joined Sport and Leisure Studies in February 2015 as Associate Professor in Te Oranga, (the School of Human Development and Movement Studies). I am a sociologist and teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Sport and Leisure Studies. I am co- leader in Postgraduate Studies in Te Oranga, and convenor of the Spirt and Leisure Studies masters programme.
Previously I was a Reader/ Principal Research Fellow in Sport and Leisure Cultures in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton, and remain a Visiting Fellow.
I am best know for my research on the politics of identity in lifestyle sport, which include a monograph, The Cultural Politics of Lifestyle Sports (2013), and edited collections including Understanding Lifestyle Sport (2004), and The Representation and Consumption of Lifestyle Sport (2012). I am also co-editor of Leisure and Environmental Politics (2013).
My research interests lie broadly within the politics of popular culture, and I have adopted various qualitative methodologies, from ethnography to media analysis. I have focused much of my empirical research on the cultural politics of 'lifestyle sport cultures', including how identity and difference are embodied - particularly around gender and 'race', their globalization, their subcultural media consumption, and the environmental and body politics associated with their lifestyles. I am also interested in the role of informal sports in addressing sport and youth policy objectives. Other research projects have included transnational migration, sport and film, and sport and environmentalism.
Postgraduate supervision: I am willing to consider the supervision of graduate and postgraduate students interested in working in the fields of sociology, cultural studies and medias studies with sport, leisure and popular culture as the focus. Please do get in touch.
Current projects include:
Coordinating a seminar series on The social benefits of informal and lifestyle sports funded by the Uk Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC], 2015-17. (see http://www.informalandlifestylesports.org.uk/?page_id=44). I am co-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Politics and Policy based on this theme.
Youth Perceptions of the Olympic Games: Attitudes Towards Action Sports at the YOG and Olympic Games' with Dr Holly Thorpe, (Also University of Waikato) funded by the IOC's Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme 2015/6. For an overview of this project see our interview on National Radio aired Thursday July 16th (http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201762609/the-future-of-the-olympic-games
I am co-editing the Palgrave Handbook of Feminism in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, with Dr. Caudwell (Brighton, UK), Dr. Mansfield (Brunel University, UK ) and Dr. Watson (Leeds Becket University. UK)
Thorpe, H., & Wheaton, B. (2017). The X games: re-imagining youth and sport.. In L. Wenner, & A. Billings (Eds.), Sport, Media and Mega-Events (pp. 247-261). New York, USA: Taylor & Francis.
Wheaton, B. (2017). Subcultural formation and lifestyle sporting practices. In M. Silk, D. Andrew, & H. Thorpe (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies (pp. 102-110). London, UK: Routledge.
Wheaton, B., & O Loughlin, A. (2017). Informal sport, institutionalisation, and sport policy: challenging the sportization of parkour in England. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(1), 71-88. doi:10.1080/19406940.2017.1291533
Gilchrist, P., & Wheaton, B. (2017). The social benefits of informal and lifestyle sports: a research agenda. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9(1), 1-10. doi:10.1080/19406940.2017.1293132
Find more research publications by Belinda Wheaton
Extreme/Alternative Sports; Social Issues in Sport; Social Movements; Social Science Research; Sociology; Sport Education; Sport Governance; Sport Science; Sports; Women and Gender Studies; Youth
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