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Beth Clarkson

Football Consultant & Visiting Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Governance in Women's Football, University of Portsmouth

Beth is a leadership and workforce development consultant to the Premier League and is an active researcher in the areas of strategy and governance of women's football; and in leadership diversity and inclusion. Beth combines her industry roles with academic positions at both the University of Portsmouth and the University of Liverpool. She both leads on and collaborates in international and national research projects within her areas of expertise to support knowledge generation and integration in industry practices.


  • 2019–present
    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2016–2019
    Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2015–2016
    Associate lecturer, University of Winchester


  • 2021
    An institutional analysis of gender (in)equalities, covid-9 and governance of elite women's football in Australia, England and USA, SportRxiv
  • 2021
    The gendered effects of covid-19 on women's elite sport, The professionalisation of women's sport
  • 2020
    Covid-19: Reflections on threat and uncertainty to elite women's football in England, Managing Sport and Leisure
  • 2020
    Gender differences in the perceived impact that athlete leaders have on team member emotional states, Journal of Sport Sciences
  • 2019
    Leadership and the contagion of affective phenomena: A systematic review and mini meta‐analysis, European Journal of Social Psychology
  • 2019
    Negotiating Gender in the English Football Workplace: Composite Vignettes of Women Head Coaches’ Experiences, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • The Football Collective
  • Women in Sport Collective
  • Women in Football


2020 Celia Brackenridge International Research Award Winner