Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. Before this, she was a Lecturer in Sports Management at Victoria University in Australia.

She completed a PhD at Victoria University in Australia, in partnership with Australia Sport, examining why older adults may or may not participate in sport. Post PhD research projects have included leading an evaluation of a walking basketball programme for older adults, for Basketball Victoria in Australia.

Other research interests include sport for social change, sport and diplomacy and international sport for development.

Prior to entering academia, Claire was a Regional Sport and Community Development Manager in London, UK and has worked on sport for development projects in Zambia on behalf of UK Sport.


  • 2018–present
    Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2017–2017
    Sport Management Lecturer, Victoria University


  • 2018 
    Victoria University, PhD
  • 2006 
    Loughborough University, MSc Sociology of Sport
  • 2005 
    Loughborough University, BA (Hons) English and Sport Science


  • 2017
    Sport for Adults Aged 50+ Years: Participation Benefits and Barriers, Journal of Physical Activity and Aging
  • 2017
    Sport and ageing: A systematic review of the determinants and trends of participation in sport for older adults, BMC Public Health
  • 2016
    Are they ‘worth their weight in gold’? Sport for older adults: benefits and barriers of their participation for sporting organisations, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Professional Memberships

  • Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • European Association of Sport Management
  • North American Association of Sport Management
  • UK Sports Development Network