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Christopher Brown

Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire

Chris is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

Chris completed a PhD at the University of Kent investigating the sport participation legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games for disabled people in England. His research interests are in disability sport, sport mega-event legacies, and disabled people's sport spectatorship experiences.

Chris founded the Disability Sport Info podcast, which aims to communicate academic insights about disability sport to a non-academic audience. The podcast is free to use and share:

Prior to entering academia, Chris worked and volunteered with a variety of national governing bodies of sport, and has worked in different administrative functions within academia.


  • 2022–present
    Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2019–2022
    Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire


  • 2019 
    University of Kent, PhD
  • 2012 
    University of Stirling, MSc in Sports Management
  • 2011 
    Bournemouth University, BA (Hons) Leisure Marketing


  • 2022
    Managing sport and leisure in the era of Covid-19, Managing Sport and Leisure
  • 2022
    Football must not forget its inclusive responsibilities in the rush to get fans back into stadiums, Managing Sport and Leisure
  • 2022
    Leveraging the London 2012 Paralympic Games to increase sports participation: The role of voluntary sports clubs, Managing Sport and Leisure
  • 2021
    Are mega-events a solution to address physical inactivity? Interrogating the London 2012 Paralympic sport participation legacies among people with disabilities, European Journal for Sport and Society
  • 2020
    The 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games: Assessing the 30-year legacy: edited by Matthew P. Llewellyn, John Gleaves & Wayne Wilson, Oxon, Routledge, 2017, vii +190 pp., £31.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-138-08537-4, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 2018
    Paralympic Legacies: A Critical Perspective (Book Chapter, co-author), Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies
  • 2018
    “The Legacy Element . . . It Just Felt More Woolly”: Exploring the Reasons for the Decline in People With Disabilities’ Sport Participation in England 5 Years After the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Journal of Sport & Social Issues
  • 2017
    The organisational performance of national disability sport organisations during a time of austerity: a resource dependence theory perspective, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy