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Professor Elizabeth Pike

Head of Department

e.pike@chi.ac.uk | +44 (0) 1243 816356

Personal Introduction

Elizabeth has worked at the University of Chichester since September 2000, where she is Head of the Department of Sport Development and Management, Professor in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise, and Chair of The Anita White Foundation.

In addition to the work that she does at Chichester, she has also been a speaker at many Universities and conferences both in the UK and abroad.

Elizabeth serves on the editorial board of the journals Leisure Studies and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

She is the past President, and member of the executive board, of the International Sociology of Sport Association.

Personal Education

BA Hons (Kent); MSc (Loughborough); PGCE (Loughborough); PhD (Loughborough).

Research and Consultancy

Elizabeth has undertaken extensive research, and delivered presentations in universities and conferences throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia, and Europe, critically evaluating ageing, gender, risk and injury in sports.

Her recent publications include a co-authored book (with Jay Coakley) entitled Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies, a co-edited book (with Simon Beames) examining Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory, and a number of papers on ageing, the experiences of sporting physical activity in later life, gender issues in sport, and outdoor adventurous activities.

Areas of interest include:

  • Ageing
  • Gender
  • Outdoor adventure

Selected Recent Publications

Pike, E. (2015). Physical activity and narratives of successful ageing. In E. Tulle and C. Phoenix. Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life: Critical Approaches. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2015). Assessing the Sociology of Sport: On Age and Ability. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, 4-5, 370-374.

Pike, E., Jackson, S., and Wenner, L. (2015). Assessing the Sociology of Sport: On the Trajectory, Challenges, and Future of the Field. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, 4-5, 357-362.

Coakley, J. and Pike, E. (2014). Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. London: McGraw Hill/OU Press.

Pike, E. and Matthews, J. (2014). A Post-Colonialist Critique of the International ‘Movements’ for Gender and Sexuality in Sport. In J. Hargreaves and E. Anderson (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender, and Sexuality. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2015). Physical activity and narratives of successful ageing. In E. Tulle and C. Phoenix. Physical Activity and Sport in Later Life: Critical Approaches. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2015). Assessing the Sociology of Sport: On Age and Ability. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, 4-5, 370-374.

Pike, E., Jackson, S., and Wenner, L. (2015). Assessing the Sociology of Sport: On the Trajectory, Challenges, and Future of the Field. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50, 4-5, 357-362.

Coakley, J. and Pike, E. (2014). Sports in Society: Issues and Controversies. London: McGraw Hill/OU Press.

Pike, E. and Matthews, J. (2014). A Post-Colonialist Critique of the International ‘Movements’ for Gender and Sexuality in Sport. In J. Hargreaves and E. Anderson (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender, and Sexuality. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. and Scott, A. (2014). Safeguarding, Injuries and Athlete Choice. In M. Lang and M. Hartill (Eds.) Safeguarding, Child Protection and Abuse in Sport: International Perspectives on Research, Policy & Practice. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2013). The Role of Fiction in (Mis)representing Later Life Leisure Activities. Leisure Studies, 32, 1, 69-88.

Pike, E. (2013). The Benefits and Challenges of Complementary and Alternative Medicines for Health-Care in Sport. In D. Malcolm and P. Safai (eds.) The Social Organisation of Sports Medicine. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. and Beames, S. (2013). Social Theory and Outdoor Adventure. London: Routledge.

Beames, S. and Pike, E. (2013). Introducing Social Theory in Outdoor Adventure. In E. Pike and S. Beames (Eds.) Social Theory and Outdoor Adventure. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. and Beames, S. (2013). Conclusions on Social Theory and Outdoor Adventure. In E. Pike and S. Beames (Eds.) Social Theory and Outdoor Adventure. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. and Weinstock, J. (2013). Identity Politics in the Outdoor Adventure Environment. In E. Pike and S. Beames (Eds.) Social Theory and Outdoor Adventure. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2013). Methodological Issues in Researching Physical Activity in Later Life. In A. Smith, K. Green and I. Waddington (Eds.) Doing Real World Research in Sport Studies. London: Routledge.

Schausteck de Almeida, B., Marchi Junior, W., Pike, E. (2013) The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Brazil’s soft power. Contemporary Social Sciences.

Pike, E. (2012). Aquatic Antiques: Swimming off this Mortal Coil? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47, 492-510.

Pike, E. (2011). The Active Ageing Agenda, Old Folk Devils and a New Moral Panic. Sociology of Sport Journal, 28, 2, 209-225.

Pike, E. (2011). Sport And The (Re)Production Of Knowledge And Power Relations Within A Global “Agequake”. East Asian Sport Thoughts. December, 2, 101-116.

Pike, E. (2010) Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully?: The Gender/Ageing/Exercise Nexus. In E. Kennedy and P. Markula (eds.) Women and Exercise: The Body, Health and Consumerism. London: Routledge.

Pike, E. (2010). The Elite Child Athlete and Injury Risk. In C. Brackenridge and D. Rhind (eds.) Elite Child Athlete Welfare: International Perspectives. Brunel: Brunel University Press.

Commissioned Reports

Barzotti, A. and Pike, E. (2015). Impact Assessment Report: Military Ethos in Schools, CVQO Programme. University of Chichester.

Fasting, K., Sand, T., Pike, E. and Matthews, J. (2014). From Brighton to Helsinki: Women and Sport Progress Report 1994-2014. International Working Group for Women and Sport.

Barzotti, A. and Pike, E. (2013). Impact Assessment Report: Enable Me, Parents for Autism, Reaching Families, We Play Too, West Sussex Parents Forum. University of Chichester.

Matthews, J., Pike, E. and White, A. (2012). Analysis and Review of International Working Group on Women and Sport Progress Reports, 1994-2010. Anita White Foundation: University of Chichester.

Media Presentations

Pike, E. (2015). The Telegraph, Bowls, darts and football: 7 sexist myths about women in sport. Busted, January 20th 2015.

Pike, E. (2014). The Guardian, Is Cheerleading in Schools Sexist?, June 23rd 2014.

Pike, E. (2011). BBC Sussex, The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2011, December 22nd 2011.

Pike, E. (2011). The Guardian, Stopwatch at the Ready, December 20th 2011.

Pike, E. (2011). UFPR TV, Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and Brazil: The Possibilities for Sociological Studies. Curitiba, Brazil.

Pike, E. (2008) BBC Radio 4, Warrior Girls, June 26th 2008http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/01/2008_26_mon.shtml

PhD Supervision

  • Tanya Goosen (current) The child’s voice: An examination of children’s experiences of sport coaching, University of Chichester
  • Cheng Wei Li (current) A Critical Analysis of the Development and Outcomes of Adventure Education in China via a Comparison between UK and Chinese Higher Education, University of Southampton.
  • Lombe Mwambwa (current) Experiences of Women Sport Leaders within the African Union Sports Council Region 5, University of Chichester
  • Lucy Piggott (current) Leadership and Organisational Change in the Women and Sport Movement: An English Perspective, University of Chichester
  • Daniel Potter (current) A Critical Analysis of the intended and unintended consequences of team relocation in in professional football in the United Kingdom, University of Southampton.
  • Jordan Matthews (completed January 2015) A critical analysis of the development, outcomes and definition of the Women and Sport Movement (W&SM), University of Southampton.
  • Bethany Simmonds (completed December 2011) Older Peoples' experiences of Physical Activity: A Sociological Investigation of the Barriers and Benefits to Participation, University of Southampton.
  • Simon Beames (completed October 2004) Overseas Youth Expeditions: Outcomes, Elements, Processes, University of Southampton.
  • Fiona Parker Lewis (completed March 2000) The Role of the Self and the Social Environment in Physical Activity Participation, University of Bristol.

Administration and Membership

  • Head of Department, Sport Development and Management
  • Chair of The Anita White Foundation
  • Member of University of Chichester Heads of Department Forum
  • British Sociological Association
  • International Sociological Association
  • International Sociology of Sport Association (past President, member of Executive Board)

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