Dr Joanne Hill

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Sociology

Joanne Hill

I have been at the University of Bedfordshire since 2013. I research social justice initiatives and critical pedagogies to support inclusion and equity in higher education, sport and physical activity.

My long-term work since my doctoral studies has been on the impact of the social construction of the body, gender and ethnicity on physical activity and sport (dis)engagement.

I also research the teaching and learning of social justice on physical education and sport degree programmes and self-study / participatory action research for student engagement/retention. I am a qualitative researcher predominantly using visual participatory methodologies and appreciative or strengths-based inquiry.

My teaching covers critical issues and inclusion in sport and physical activity, gender and sexuality, and qualitative research methods.

I played tenpin bowling as a student, winning women’s team bronze (2010) and silver (2011) at the BUCS Championships, and representing Great Britain Students on the BUCS Representative Squad in 2011.

Qualifications

  • PhD Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, Loughborough University (2012)
  • MA (with Distinction) Gender Studies, University of Sussex (2008)
  • BA (Hons) Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick (2004)

Teaching Expertise

  • SPO090-1 Sport, Physical Activity and Social Inclusion
  • SPO103-2 Gender, Sexuality and Sport
  • SPO105-3 Narratives of Bodies and Health
  • SPO101-3 Critical Sport Pedagogy
  • SPO067-6 Research Methods in Sport, Physical Activity and Education
  • SPO065-6 Critical Issues in Sport and Physical Activity
  • SPO068-6 Participatory Action Research for Applied Sport Development
  • SPO047-6 PE and Sport Pedagogy Dissertation

Research Interests

Currently I am interested in supervising postgraduate projects on the following areas:

  • PE at home: Young people's and parents' engagement in PE and physical activity at home during remote learning and restorative/repair work in PE post-pandemic; at home as a safe and meaningful space for physical activity
  • Supporting local sport/PA initiatives to tackle inequalities, within Sport England's Uniting the Movement strategy
  • Student journeys: engaging students and academics in self-study to support first in family, commuter and minority ethnic student engagement
  • Social justice pedagogies and socio-cultural issues in physical education and sport degree programmes and initial teacher education
  • Participatory and appreciative inquiry into positive movement subcultures, meaningful and sustainable engagement in physical activity

Research Supervision

PhD Students

  • Hope Grant (2023). “ How are Physical Educators helping pupils’ learning in PE during the COVID-19 pandemic?”
  • Mark Huhnen (2022). “How to do things without words”

Completed PhD Students

  • Michelle Flemons (2019). “Occupational Socialisation and the Subjective Warrant of Physical Education Teachers”.

External / Internal Roles

  • Centre for PE, Sport and Human Movement lead;
  • MA Physical Education and Sport (Pedagogy) / (Leadership) Course Coordinator

Academic Citizenship and Leadership

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers (physical education and sport pedagogy)
  • Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals in physical education, sport sociology, health, and gender studies

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Educational Research Association
  • Society for Research in Higher Education

Research Projects

  • Student journeys: student experiences and engagement on sport degree programmes
  • Social justice and socio-cultural issues in physical education teacher education
  • Participatory and appreciative inquiry into positive movement subcultures

  • Martínez Bello, V. E., & Hill, J. (2020). Gender, age and physical activity representation in children’s colouring books / Representación del género, la edad y la actividad física en libros para colorear infantiles. Cuestiones de Género: De La Igualdad y La Diferencia, 15, 291–312.
  • Lynch, S., & Hill, J. (2020). “I had to pop a wheelie and pay extra attention in order not to fall:” Embodied experiences of two wheelchair tennis athletes transgressing ableist and gendered norms in disability sport and university spaces. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2020.1731575
  • Pang, B. & Hill, J. (2018). Representations of Chinese gendered and racialised bodies in contemporary social media sites. Sport, Education and Society 23(8), 773-785.
  • Hill, J., Philpot, R., Walton-Fisette, J. L., Sutherland, S., Flemons, M., Ovens, A. and Flory, S. (2018). Conceptualising social justice within physical education teacher education: International perspectives. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 25(3), 469–483.
  • Walton-Fisette, J. L., Philpot, R., Phillips, S., Flory, S., Hill, J., Sutherland, S. & Flemons, M. (2018). Implicit and explicit pedagogical practices related to sociocultural issues and social justice in physical education teacher education programs. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 25(3), 497-509.
  • Ovens, A., Flory, S., Sutherland, S., Philpot, R., Walton-Fisette, J. L., Hill, J., Phillips, S. & Flemons, M. (2018). How PETE comes to matter in the performance of social justice education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 25(3), 484-496.
  • Pang, B. & Hill, J. (2018). Rethinking the ‘aspirations’ of Chinese girls within and beyond Health and Physical Education and physical activity in Greater Western Sydney. Sport, Education and Society 23(5), 421-434.
  • Hill, J., Sandford, R.A. & Enright, E. (2016). ‘It has really amazed me what my body can now do’: Creating a body-positive community in and through dance. Sport in Society 19(5), 667-679.
  • Hill, J. (2015). Girls’ active identities: navigating othering discourses of femininity, bodies and physical education. Gender and Education 27(6), 666-684.
  • Hill, J. (2015) ‘If you miss the ball, you look like a total muppet!’ Boys investing in their bodies in physical education and sport. Sport, Education and Society 20(6), 762-779.
  • Enright, E., Hill, J., Sandford, R.A. & Gard, M. (2014). Looking beyond what’s broken: Towards an appreciative research agenda in PESP. Sport, Education and Society 19(7), 912-926.
  • Hill, J. (2013). Using participatory and visual methods to address power and identity in research with young people. Graduate Journal of Social Sciences 10(2), 132-151.
  • Azzarito, L. & Hill, J. (2013). Girls looking for a “second home”: Bodies, difference and places of inclusion. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 18(3), 351-375.
  • Hill, J. & Azzarito, L. (2012). Representing valued bodies in PE: a visual inquiry with British Asian girls. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 17(3), 263-276.

  • Hill, J., Wesley, K., Baird, A., & Stewart, A. (2019, September). Student Journeys: a collaborative project on academic identity with commuting and first generation higher education students. Paper presented at British Academy Research Association annual conference, Manchester.
  • Pang, B. & Hill, J. (2018, July). Representations of Chinese gendered and racialised bodies in contemporary media sites. Paper presented at AIESEP World Congress, Edinburgh, 26 July.
  • Hill, J., Philpot, R., Walton-Fisette, J. L., Sutherland, S., Flemons, M., Ovens, A. & Flory, S. (2018, July). Conceptualising social justice within physical education teacher education: International perspectives. Paper presented at AIESEP World Congress, Edinburgh, 28 July.
  • Flory, S.B., Phillips, S.R., Ovens, A., Sutherland, S., Philpot, R., Walton-Fisette, J.L., Hill, J., & Flemons, M. (2018, April). How physical education teacher education comes to matter in the performance of social justice education. Paper presented at American Education Research Association Annual Conference, New York, 16 April.

Contact Details

T: 01234 793183
E: joanne.hill@beds.ac.uk
Postal address: Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9EA

address

School of Sport Science and Physical Activity
Faculty of Education, English and Sport
Bedford campus
Polhill Avenue
Bedford
MK41 9EA
UK

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