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Dr Lucy Piggott

Research Fellow (Women and Sport) | 01243 816321

Lucy joined the University of Chichester in September 2015 on a full-time doctoral studentship and became a Research Fellow in November 2018, with a focus on women and sport.

Her research interests and expertise broadly include sociology of sport, gender and sport, and qualitative research methods. Specifically, her doctorate was focused on gender equity within English sport governance. She is coordinator of the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (2016-) and is a member of the Operational Management Group of the Anita White Foundation. She led on the development and launch of the Women and Sport: The ChangeMakers project which is an online resource that celebrates the lives and work of women and sport activists.

Lucy teaches at undergraduate level and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in February 2018 to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She is also a level 2 football coach and plays competitive tennis locally.



BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Loughborough University (2009-2012)

MA Sport and Society, University of Brighton (2012-2013)

PhD Gender, Leadership and Organisational Change in English Sport Governance, University of Chichester (2015-2019)


Lucy has taught on the following modules:

Analysing Sport

Introduction to Sport and Society

Principles and Practice of Sport

Understanding Mega Sport Events

Health and Physical Activity in Contemporary Society

Researching Sport

Sport Development: International Contexts

Sporting Subcultures

Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development

Issues in Sport and Exercise Science


Coordinator of Women’s Sport Leadership Academy

Member of Operational Management Group for the Anita White Foundation


International Sociology of Sport Association (Member)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)


Book Chapters

Piggott, L., Pike, E. & Matthews, J. (2019). England: A ‘Sporting Future’ for All? In A. Elling, J. Hovden & A. Knoppers (Eds.), Gender Diversity in European Sport Governance (pp. 105-116). Oxon: Routledge.

Pike, E., White, A., Matthews, J., Southon, S. & Piggott, L. (2018). Women and Sport Leadership: A Case Study of a Development Programme. In L. Mansfield, J. Caudwell, R. Watson & B. Wheaton (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education (pp. 809-823). London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Selected Recent Presentations

Piggott, L. (2018). An exploration of gendered power relations within the leadership teams of two English national governing bodies of sport. Paper presented at the International Sociology of Sport Association’s 2018 World Congress of Sociology of Sport. Lausanne, Switzerland.

Piggott, L. (2017). Gender, leadership, and organisational change in English sport governance. Paper presented at the University of Worcester’s Postgraduate Research Conference. Worcester, UK.

Piggott, L. (2016). Leadership and organisational change in the women and sport movement. Poster presented at the Open University’s Gender and Inequalities in Sport Conference. Milton Keynes, UK.



Lucy’s research interests include:

  • Gender and sport leadership/governance
  • Women and sport activism
  • LGBTQ+ inclusion in sport
  • Qualitative research methods