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Senior Lecturer in Sport Sociology, Cardiff Metropolitan University

With a background in sport, exercise and health sciences, I specialised in the sociology of physical culture alongside qualitative methodology. i am particularly interested in the reinvention and reconstruction of martial arts systems around the world. Since 2005, I have engaged in research on traditionalist Chinese and contemporary Mexican martial arts, examining themes such as ageing, ethnicity, gender, health, identity and religion from a sociological and an anthropological perspective respectively. I am currently interested in the relationships between martial arts and health/wellbeing from an interdisciplinary perspective. Meanwhile, I am conducting ethnographic research on the pedagogies of historical European martial arts (HEMA) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sport Sociology/Physical Culture, Cardiff Metropolitan University


  • 2011 
    University of Exeter, PhD in Sport and Health Sciences