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Andy Smith is Professor of Sport and Physical Activity and member of the senior management team in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.

Research interests

Andy’s research focuses on the links between sport, physical activity and (mental) health, youth sport, sport policy and development, and social and health inequalities from a sociological perspective. He is author of The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport (with Ken Green, 2016 and 2018), Doing Real World Research in Sports Studies (with Ivan Waddington, 2014), Sport Policy and Development (with Daniel Bloyce, 2010) and An Introduction to Drugs in Sport (with Ivan Waddington, 2009), all published by Routledge.

Andy’s research on sport, education mental health has informed the work of community and professional sport and health organisations, the UK Select Committee’s Suicide Prevention report (2017), Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s MBE Duty of Care in Sport Review (2017), and the receipt in 2016 of the Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community award at the Times Higher Education Awards.


Andy manages the undergraduate sports development, management and coaching programmes. Andy is also Programme Leader for the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Liverpool

… → 2006

Sociology of Sport, MA, University of Leicester

… → 2002

Sports Studies, BSc, Staffordshire University

… → 2001

Other positions

Reader in the Sociology of Sport, University of Chester


Research Institutes

  • Institute for Social Responsibility

Research Centres

  • Sport and Mental Health Research Centre

Research Groups

  • Sport, Work and Health Research Group


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