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Adam White

Lecturer in Sport and Physical Education

Adam White

I completed my undergraduate degree Education and Social Science in 2014 at St Mary’s University, London and subsequently commenced a PhD programme examining the problem of contact rugby as part of secondary school physical education at the University of Winchester.

I have been teaching the sociology, policy and pedagogy of sport and physical education in higher education since 2014 and enjoy adopting an engaging and critical approach to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2016.

My primary research interest is the function and structure of contact sports in secondary school physical education. With increasing evidence linking concussive traumas to long-term neurological degeneration, there is increasing concern surrounding childrens’ participation in contact sport globally. In recent years, I have appeared on numerous television broadcasts, including the BBC, Sky and ITV, to discuss this issue. I have also published on masculinities and sexualities in Sport, Education and Youth Culture more broadly. In 2017 I co-authored a critical sport sociology text, Sport, Theory and Social Problems: A critical introduction.

Other References


  • PhD (in progress)  – Sport, Exercise and Health – University of Winchester
  • MA (in progress) – Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – University of Winchester
  • BA (Hons) – Education and Social Science and Physical and Sport Education – St Mary’s University

Teaching Expertise

  • Unit leader for: Level 7 Advanced Sport Pedagogy, Level 6 Critical Sport Pedagogy, Level 5 Sport-Based Pedagogical Models, and Level 5 Dissertation Preparation

Research Interests

  • The function and structure of contact sports in physical education
  • Gender and sexualities in sport and educational contexts
  • Student engagement in higher education


  • Contact Sport in Physical Education: Examining the problem of contact rugby as part of secondary school physical education (Current)
  • Out in Sports: An examination of openly gay athlete’s online narratives (2017)
  • The bromance among undergraduate sport students (2014 - 2017)
  • Adolescent masculinities: An exploration of inclusive masculinities and declining homophobia among secondary school students (2014 - 2016)

External Roles

  • Associate Editor – Sociological Research Online
  • School Governor – Pittville School, Cheltenham
  • Founder – Sport Collision Injury Collective
  • Honorary Secretary – Oxfordshire Rugby Football Schools Union


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T: +44 (0)1234 793 413

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