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Senior Lecturer in Sports Business, Leeds Beckett University

Alex is a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. Alex's PhD was the first to examine the employment policy of professional women athletes and the research sheds light on the wellbeing, welfare and gender-specific issues women encounter in the sports labour market. The outcomes of her PhD have enabled the development of policy recommendations for women athletes. These recommendations will have a significant impact on the employment security, mental health and wellbeing of women at work. Alex is especially interested in issues of gender, sport-as-work and mental health. Her research interests are interdisciplinary incorporating sociology, social policy, sport, policy and health.

Alex is currently the Chair of the Football Collective, a global network of football scholars. Public engagement and communication is key to Alex's work. She has disseminated research findings via radio, podcasts, public lectures and media interviews. Through external engagement she has sought to influence media and public debate around the unknown and unreported aspects of professional women’s football. For example, she currently working with the Telegraph Women’s Sport on a special edition on mental health and professional women’s football. Alongside external engagement, Alex has conducted a number of invited and keynote talks at various conferences. As part of these projects and other projects, she has cooperated with municipalities and sports governing bodies, and thereby developed an impressive network.


  • 2020–2021
    Dr, University of Salford