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Associate professor and Head of department for sport and event management, Bournemouth University

I am a sociological narrative researcher of lives, bodies, identities, and storytelling in a range of disruptive and/or transitional contexts including sport and physical culture, health, education, and the workplace. I am interested in the ways individuals come to live with their stories in society and simultaneously how stories direct lives.

Areas of interest include the long-term impact of women’s gymnastics culture and abuse and the relationship between gender and violence, the transgender community experience of swimming, the athlete illness experience, and advocating for the use of autobiographies. Carly is currently leading a European-funded Interreg 2Seas project Speed-You-Up that helps at-risk young people improve their confidence, develop core competencies and transferable skills for employment and life through entrepreneurship across England, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France.


  • –present
    Senior Academic in Sociology of Sport , Bournemouth University


  • 2007 
    University of Exeter, PhD