Dr Jordan Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, Business and Coaching

Jordan Matthews


Jordan became a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester in September 2015. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

His research expertise is women and sport: his doctorate critically analysed organisational activism for women and sport; he was an expert consultant on two global research projects commissioned by the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) from 2012-2014 and 2016-2018; he has published about leadership, participation and inclusion, and socio-historical developments for women in sport; he has been an invited keynote speaker at World Conferences hosted in Europe and Africa; and was director of studies for two doctoral studentships focusing on the experiences of women leaders in sport.

Jordan is executive officer and Strategy Group member of the Anita White Foundation (AWF) and founder of the Women and Sport Timeline. He is also chair of the local organising committee for the annual Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA), a programme that has worked with over 300 women leaders based in over sixty countries and was shortlisted for a Beyond Sport Award for Gender Equality in 2019.


Personal education

BSc Hons (Chester); MSc (Chester); FHEA (Chichester); PhD (Southampton (Chichester)).


For the current academic year, Jordan is responsible for the following modules:

IOS4402 Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

ESP406 Information, Communication and Cultural Development of eSports

SDM603 Sport Development: International Contexts

SDM610 Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development

Jordan also contributes to SDM601 Dissertation.


Executive Officer and Strategy Group member, Anita White Foundation (AWF)

Chair, Local Organising Group, Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA)

Member, Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Committee, University of Chichester

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Matthews, J.J.K. (2021) Political advances for women and sport in the mid-1990s. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. (onlinefirst) DOI:10.1080/19406940.2021.1939763

Piggott, L.V., and Matthews, J.J.K. (2020) Gender, Leadership, and Governance in English National Governing Bodies of Sport: Formal Structures, Rules, and Processes. Journal of Sport Management. (onlinefirst) DOI: 10.1123/jsm.2020-0173

Matthews, J.J.K. (2020) The Brighton Conference on Women and Sport. Sport in History. (onlinefirst) DOI: 10.1080/17460263.2020.1730943

Matthews, J.J.K., and Pike, E.C.J. (2016) ‘What on Earth are They Doing in a Racing Car?’: Towards an Understanding of Women in Motorsport, The International Journal of the History of Sport, DOI: 10.1080/09523367.2016.1168811

Book chapter

Piggott, L.V., Pike, E.C.J., and Matthews, J.J.K. (2019) A ‘Sporting Future’ for all?: A Review of Gender Diversity in English Sports Leadership. In Elling, A., Hovden, J., and Knoppers, A. (Eds). Gender Diversity in European Sport Leadership. London: Routledge.

Matthews, J.J.K. (2018) Tensions and future directions for the women and sport movement. In Mansfield, L., Caudwell, J., Watson, R. and Wheaton, B (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 181-199.

Pike, E.C.J., White, A., Matthews, J.J.K., Southon, S., and Piggott, L.V. (2018) Women and Sport Leadership: A Case Study of a Development Programme. In Mansfield, L., Caudwell, J., Watson, R. and Wheaton, B (Eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave. 809-824.

Pike, ECJ., and Matthews, JJK. (2014) A post-colonial critique of the international “movements” for women and sexuality in sport. In Anderson, E., and Hargreaves, J. (eds) Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexualities. London: Routledge, pp.75-83.


Commissioned reports

Matthews, J.J.K., and Piggott, L.V. (2021) Is gender on the international agenda? Female representation and policy in international sport governance. University of Chichester and NTNU.

Fasting, K., Pike, E., Matthews, J., and Sand, T.S. (2018). From Helsinki to Gaborone: IWG Progress Report 2013-2018. Gaborone: IWG.

Fasting, K., Sand, T.S., Pike, E., and Matthews, J. (2014) From Brighton to Helsinki. Women and Sport Progress Report 1994-2014. Helsinki: IWG/Finnish Sports Confederation.

Matthews, J.J.K. (2012) Analysis and Review of the International Working Group on Women and Sport Progress Reports 1994-2010. University of Chichester.


Selected recent presentations

“From Helsinki to Gaborone: IWG Progress Report 2013-2018” Presentation at the 7th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, Gaborone, Botswana, May 2018. [Invited keynote]

“Improving gender equality in leadership and the workforce: Governance, skills and representation” Presentation at the Westminster Media Forum Seminar Women and the Sport Sector: Leadership, Investment and International Competitiveness, London, May 2018. [Invited keynote]

“History and documentation of women in sport” Presentation at the Africa Women and Sport Conference, Gaborone, Botswana, October 2016. [Invited keynote]

“The challenges of archiving qualitative data” Presentation at the 5th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, University of Chichester, August 2016.

“Getting inside the corridors of power: 1970s-1990s European political activism for women and sport” Presentation at the Women’s History Network Annual Conference, University of Kent, UK, September 2015.

“Social movements, women, and sport” Presentation at the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) 50th World Congress Paris, France. June 2015.

“Conferences as a source for mobilisation of women and sport activism” Presentation at the British Society of Sports History Conference, Leeds, UK. September, 2014.

“Reflections on twenty years of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport” Presentation at the sixth International Working Group on Women and Sport World Conference on Women and Sport, Helsinki, Finland. June 2014. [Invited keynote]



Matthews, JJK. (2014) A critical analysis of the development, outcomes and definition of the Women and Sport Movement (W&SM). PhD thesis, University of Southampton (Chichester), UK.

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  • Social movements, women, and sport
  • Women and sport leadership
  • Sport for Development and Gender
  • Women and motorsport
  • Women and eSports

Doctoral supervision

Mwambwa, L. (2020) Experiences of Women Leaders in the African Union Sports Council Region 5. University of Chichester.

Piggott, L.V. (2019) Gender, Leadership, and Organisational Change in English Sports Governance. University of Chichester.

Other department members

Adrian Penrose
Coach Development Officer (Women & Girl's)
Amber Chafe
Lecturer in Sports Therapy
Benjamin Sharpe
Benjamin T. Sharpe
Lecturer in Psychology, Programme Coordinator for the BSc Criminology and Forensic Psychology

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