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Reader in Sport and Leisure and Studies, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Beccy Watson's research focuses on interrelationships between gender, race and class and informs work on identities, leisure, changing cities and intersectional approaches in the critical, social analysis of leisure and sport.

She is currently one of the Managing Editors of the Taylor and Francis journal Leisure Studies.

She is Principal Lecturer for Widening Participation in the Carnegie School of Sport and coordinates staff development for new PhD supervisors across our University.

She teaches social science modules on leisure and sport across UG and PG levels and is a Research Student Supervisor.

Dr Watson is currently the module leader for Mass Media (L5), Sport and Leisure Identities (L6), Media and Cultural Industries (L6), Diversity and Discrimination (PG).

She is the supervisor for Major Independent Study for UG level 6 and PG dissertations.

She is also a tutor for Research Methods programmes at UG and PG levels.

Dr Watson's research interests stem from critical, social analysis of leisure and sport and current work focuses on masculinity and dance, feminist politics and intersectional analyses.

Active researcher in Carnegie Research Institute, contributing the Research Centre: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Visiting Research Fellow Cultural Industries and Practices Research Centre, Newcastle University, NSW, Australia, 2005.

Visiting Scholar Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, March 2011.


  • –present
    Reader in Sport, Leisure and Toursim, Leeds Beckett University


  • 2000 
    Leeds Metropolitan University, PhD