The lecture will begin at 6.00pm; please arrive no later than fifteen minutes before the start of the lecture in order to take your seats for a prompt start. Refreshments will be available following the lecture.
Lecture Title: "Walk a mile in my shoes"
My academic lens is coloured by an appreciation of the socio-cultural and psycho-social context of applied practice. My primary research interest concerns the management, development and welfare of people (inc. elite athletes). Specifically, my work incorporates aspects of athlete transitions, identity and critical moments within and out of sport. Typically, this research explores environmental, organisational, leadership and cultural themes that impact the strategic and operational aspects of an organisation’s approach to athlete development. This research tends to be qualitative in nature and represented through the utilisation of traditional qualitative analysis and/or the utilization of creative non-fiction narratives to capture, illuminate and translate observations of practice. My work in socio-cultural and psycho-social aspects of athlete and/or practitioner existence is not confined to performance sport and I have developed work in football health and, in particular, football in the community (FitC). This work utilises the power of football as a vehicle for positive behavioural change. I am in a uniquely privileged position of being able to publish and practice extensively across performance, lifestyle and health domains. This talk will attempt to identify the journey that I have been on and the numerous decisions, critical-moments, cultural, social and psychological issues that I have faced in attempting to operate and influence in and around such arenas. Throughout the talk I will refer to our need to understand ourselves and the ‘others’, our co-participants, (including the players, athletes, practitioners and other significant development stakeholders), their personal history and the context of the situation and environment within which they exist in order to better understand them and their world.
Date and Time
James Parsons Lower Lecture Theatre
James Parsons Building
Liverpool John Moores University