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Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, The Open University

Helen Owton works at The Open University in the Sport & Fitness Team. She completed her PhD in Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter and is a chartered psychologist.

Her research interests evolve mainly around aspects of gender and sport; women's boxing, sensory dimensions, maltreatment and safeguarding in sport, athletic identity, professional development in applied sport psychology, athletic mothers, creative methodologies, and chronic illnesses (specifically asthma).


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sport & Fitness, The Open University


  • 2012 
    University of Exeter, PhD


  • 2015
    Reinventing the body-self: Intense, gendered and heightened sensorial experiences of women's boxing embodiment. In A Channon and CR Matthews (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports: Women Warriors around the World
  • 2014
    Owton, H. & Allen-Collinson, J. (2014) A. Conformers, contesters, creators: vignettes of asthma identities and sporting embodiment, International Review of Sociology of Sport. Online early.
  • 2014
    Allen-Collinson, J. & Owton, H. (2014). “Take a deep breath”: Asthma, sporting embodiment and ‘auditory work’., International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49(5), 592-608.
  • 2014
    Allen-Collinson, J. & Owton, H. (2014) In the heat of the moment: senses of heat in women’s running and boxing., Body and Society. Online early.