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Research interests

Laura's research interest in sports coaching stemmed from her involvement in the sport of rowing. Her work with elite coaches and athletes in several countries (Canada, New Zealand and Ireland) led her to consider the interactions between coaches, athletes and administrators and their contribution to the coaching climate. This scholarship drew attention to power and interaction in the coaching process, coaches’ pedagogical actions and identity construction.

Laura’s subsequent interactions with coaches and athletes led her to consider the various conditions and contexts in which elite/professional coaches and athletes/players operate. As such, her recent projects focus on welfare, representation and advocacy of sport workers (e.g. coaches, athletes/players, etc.) in diverse European contexts.

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Otago

Other positions

Senior Researcher; Institute of Educational Research (ETI), Education Academy, Lithuania, Vytautas Magnus University

3 Jan 2022 → …

University teacher, Loughborough University

1 Jan 201631 Oct 2017

University of Worcester

10 Jul 201120 Nov 2013

Junior Lecturer, University of Limerick

1 Aug 200630 Jun 2011

Research Centres

  • Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport

Research Groups

  • Sport, Work and Health Research Group
  • Politics, Pedagogy and Practice Research Group


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