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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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Otago

Other positions

University of Limerick

University of Worcester

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Research Output

The Basics: Sports Coaching

Purdy, L., 24 Oct 2017, Abingdon: Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    95 Downloads (Pure)

    Changing it up: Implications of mid-season coach change on basketball players’ career and professional identities

    Purdy, L., Kohe, G. & Paulauskas, R., 14 Mar 2018, In : Sport in Society. p. 1-17

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Coaches as sport workers: Professional agency within the employment context of elite European basketball.

    Purdy, L., Kohe, G. Z. & Paulauskas, R., 3 May 2017, In : Sport, Education and Society. 24, 2, p. 195-207 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    69 Downloads (Pure)

    In Protection of Whose “Wellbeing?” Considerations of “Clauses and A/Effects” in Athlete Contracts

    Kohe, G. Z. & Purdy, L. G., 1 Jun 2016, In : Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 40, 3, p. 218-236 19 p.

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  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
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