I am lecturer in sociology of sport and the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching degree. My research interests are focused primarily on athletic identity construction, confirmation and maintenance and the challenges associated with these processes. In doing so, I focus on the embodied lives of athletes and how they narratively construct their identities over time. However, my broader interests are around inequity, inequality and discrimination in sport and exercise subcultures.
I have worked with SportScotland to provide educational material for sports coaches on gender equity. I have also worked with British Blind Sport on their First Steps project to enable visually impaired children across the UK to engage in physical activity.
As part of my outreach work, I am part of the Active Girls Dundee working group, which is supporting Active Schools Coordinators to provide more equitable sport and physical activity opportunities for girls. I am also on the Scottish Gymnastics Board Advisory Group for Governance, the Advisory Board for Cambridge Scholars Publishing Group and I am an Athena SWAN panelist.
Before joining Abertay in 2014, I carried out my doctoral research at Cardiff Metropolitan University. This work explored the embodied lives and narratives of trampoline gymnasts over the course of their career. Prior to this, I completed an MA in Sport, Culture and Society and BSc (Hons) in Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Currently, I am teaching on and leading a range of modules associated with the discipline areas of sociology of sport, sport politics, sport history, sport psychology, sport development, sport coaching and research methods.
Module Leader for:
SPS101 Social sciences for sport and exercise
SPS312 Research Methods
SPS405 Social issues in sporting contexts
Programme Leader: BSc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching
My research interests include, but are not limited to:
Identity construction in sporting subcultutres
Changes in sporting identities in and over time
Experiences of embodiment in sport, exercise and physical activity
Children and young people in sport, physical activity and exercise
Qualitative research methods
Hardman, A., Bailey, J., and Lord, R. (2015) Care and touch in trampoline gymnastics: Reflections and analysis from the UK in H. Piper Touch in Sports Coaching and Physical Education: Fear, Risk, and Moral Panic. Oxon: Routledge, pp.151-166.
Stewart, C., Lord, R., Wiltshire, G., and Fleming, S. (2010) Ease of Movement and Freedom of Corporeal Expression? Femininity, the Body and Leotards in Trampoline Gymnastics, in Mansfield L and Chatziefstathiou D (Eds.), Leisure Identities and Authenticity, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, no.110, pp. 63-76 - Republished in 2013 for Leisure Studies Newsletter 95 (Jul 2013).
Lord, R., Lord, R., Bolton, N., Bolton, N., Fleming, S., Fleming, S., & Anderson, M. (2016). Researching a segmented market: reflections on telephone interviewing. Management Research Review, 39(7), 786-802.
Wheatley, Lucy; McInch, Alex; Fleming, Scott; and Lord, Rhiannon (2015) "Feeding back to feed forward: Formative assessment as a platform for effective learning," Kentucky Journal of Higher Education Policy and Practice: Vol. 3: Iss. 2, Article 2. Available at: http://uknowledge.uky.edu/kjhepp/vol3/iss2/2
Stewart, C. & Lord, R. (2010) Re-telling tales: The missed (?) representation of working class women’s early stories of leisure. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 9 (2), 63 - 76.
Periodicals & Newsletters:
Lord, R. (2014) Bringing theory to life: Creative fiction as a teaching tool in sociological teaching in higher education, in Connor, C and Tangney, S. (Eds.) Enhancing student learning: Interventions from the PgC Teaching in Higher Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, pp. 29-33.
Stewart, C., Lord, R., Wiltshire, G., and Fleming, S. (2013) Ease of Movement and Freedom of Corporeal Expression? Femininity, the Body and Leotards in Trampoline Gymnastics. Leisure Studies Newsletter 95 (Jul 2013)
Maclean, J., Lord, R., and Lorimer, R. (2017) Individual Experiences of Formal and Informal Developmental Pathways in Football Coaching. The International Council for Coaching Excellence, 31st July – 2nd August 2017.
Maclean, J., Lord, R., and Lorimer, R. (2016) Individual experiences of formal and informal developmental pathways in football coaching, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science annual student conference, Bangor University.
Lord, R. and Stewart. C. (2015) Looking to retirement: Possible future selves and identities of trampoline-gymnasts. Leisure Studies Annual Conference, Bournemouth University 7th-9th July 2015
Lord, R. and Stewart, C. (2014) "I feel naked": Embodied narratives of female trampoline gymnasts in competitive arenas. Women's History Scotland annual conference, Abertay University, 27th September, 2014.
Lord, R. and Stewart, C. (2013) "I feel naked": Embodied narratives of female trampoline gymnasts in competitive arenas. Leisure Studies Association conference, Salford University, 9th-11th July.
Lord, R. and Stewart, C. (2013) "I feel naked": Embodied narratives of female trampoline gymnasts in competitive arenas. International Sociology of Sport Association world congress, Vancouver, Canada, 12th-15th June.
Lord, R. and Stewart, C. (2011) Time for a change? Uniform rules and the experiences of the leotard in young trampoline gymnasts. History of Education Society Postgraduate Conference, Queen Mary University of London, 19th March.
Lord, R., and Stewart, C. (2010) Issues of Identity in the Trampoline Gymnastics Subculture. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science annual student conference, Aberystwth University, 30th March – 1st April.
Lord, R., Wiltshire, G., Stewart, C. & Fleming, S. (2009) Femininity, the body and leotards in female trampoline-gymnastics. Leisure Studies Association annual conference, Canterbury Christ Church University, 7th-9th July.
Consultancy & Collaboration:
2016-2017 Developing coaching resources for SportScotland: A six part podcast series on gender and sport, SportScotland
2016 A report on First Steps: A British Blind Sport Initative, Abertay University/ British Blind Sport
2015 - ongoing Active Girls working group, Active Schools Dundee
2012-2013 Students Experiences of Dyslexia Support in Cardiff Metropolitan University, Learning, Teaching and Development Unit , Cardiff Metropolitan University.
2012 Developing a pilot to test the feasibility and effects of mandatory referee qualifications and licensing for the Rugby Football Union, InVest, Cardiff Metropolitan University
2012 Student Experiences of Gender and Sexuality in Higher Education Classrooms and Curriculum, Learning, Teaching and Development Unit, Cardiff Metropolitan University
2011 Feeding back to feed forward: Formative assessment as a platform for more effective learning - HEA Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund for Wales
2010-2011 Understanding the Sports Wales’ Market Segments (formerly the Sport Council for Wales), InVest/Cardiff School of Sport, Cardiff Metropolitan University