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Senior Lecturer in Sports Management, University of Portsmouth

Dr. Beth Clarkson is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Development. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a regular reviewer of articles for a wide variety of academic journals owing to her multi-disciplinary approach to research that encompasses the disciplines of sports management, organisational psychology, sport psychology and sport sociology.

Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in 2016, Beth had 13 years’ experience coaching in elite youth football in the U.K., Europe and America, and holds a UEFA/FAW B License. She has held roles within the coaching industry as an academy soccer coach, performance analyst, PE specialist, area manager and also as a business development manager. Previous to her current role at Portsmouth, Beth also held a teaching position at the University of Winchester where she was the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sport Business and Marketing degree.

Beth has consulted for international, national and local organisations on a variety of management topics, including strategy, operations and leadership to coaches and managers.


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


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

Professional Memberships

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