I am a University of Portsmouth graduate having completed a BSc (Hon) in Sports Development in 2004. I continued my studies in Portsmouth by completing a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education through the School of Education and Continuing Studies in 2005 and following this worked in a further education college in West London as course coordinator, returning to the University of Portsmouth in January 2007 as a lecturer in Sports Development. Outside academia my interests are in the field of adventurous outdoor activities where I enjoy mountaineering, mountain biking and snowboarding as well as more traditional sports such as cycling, tennis and football.
My research interests focus on the commoditisation and appeal of extreme and adventurous sport and the development of dynamic identities among the practitioners of sports such as mountain biking, surfing and skate boarding. My interests extend to the historical development of these sports and the influence these sports have on popular culture and their place within modern society. I also hold interests in the field of teaching and learning having completed a postgraduate project on assessment and achievement among undergraduate sports students.