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Stuart Whigham

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

Institute of Sport & Exercise Science

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tel: 01905 855274

Stuart joined the University of Worcester in February 2015, having taught at St Mary’s University, Twickenham since 2011. Before entering the field of higher education, Stuart previously taught PE and Sport in secondary, sixth form and further education settings, before commencing postgraduate studies in his specialist area of the sociology and politics of sport. Stuart is currently completing doctoral studies at Loughborough University under the supervision of Professor Alan Bairner, with a specific focus upon the politics of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.



Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Stuart’s teaching interests link to both his professional experiences in physical education and his academic specialisms in the field of the sociology of sport. Stuart currently teaches across a range of modules in the Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, including modules on 14-19 physical education and sport, learning theory in physical education, sociocultural studies in sport, and contemporary issues in sport.

Stuart's research interests revolve around the sociology and politics of sport, with a particular interest in:

National identity, nationalism and sport
The politics of sport and sporting events
The politics of the Commonwealth Games
The sociology and politics of Scottish sport
Sport and the Scottish diaspora



Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Member of International Sociology of Sport Association

Member of British Sociological Association





Bairner, A. and Whigham, S. (2014) Sport and the Scottish diaspora. In Leith, M.S., and Sim, D. (eds.) The Modern Scottish Diaspora: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Whigham, S. (2014) ‘Anyone but England’? Exploring anti-English sentiment as part of Scottish national identity in sport, International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 49 (2): 152-174. DOI: 10.1177/1012690212454359.

Whigham, S. (2015) Internal migration, sport and the Scottish diaspora in England. Leisure Studies. 34 (4): 438-456. DOI:10.1080/02614367.2014.923498

Whigham, S. (in press) The politics of the Commonwealth Games. In Bairner, A., Kelly, J., and Lee, J.W. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. London: Routledge.

Conference Presentations:

Whigham, S. (2013) 'Anyone But England‘, Glasgow 2014 and the independence referendum: exploring the role of narratives in the sociological study of Scottish sport. Canterbury Christ Church University: British Sociological Association Sports Study Postgraduate Forum Conference.

Whigham, S. (2014) The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games and Scottish independence: “political truce” or political truth(s)?. University of West Scotland: Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference.

Whigham, S. (2014) Political discourse analysis, sport and Scottish independence: provisional reflections upon Fairclough and Fairclough's (2012) analytical framework. The University of Birmingham: Sport, Politics and Policy Postgraduate Conference.

Whigham, S. (2015) The Working Group on Scottish Sport and the Scottish independence referendum: an unrealised political 'imaginary'?. Durham University: Political Studies Association Sport Conference.

Black, J. and Whigham, S. (2015) 'Team GB', 'Team England' or 'Team Scotland'? Media Representations of 'Britishness', 'Englishness' and 'Scottishness' in London 2012 and Glasgow 2014. Glasgow Caledonian University: British Sociological Association Annual Conference.

Whigham, S. (2015) ‘Sport for Yes’? The precarious positioning of Scottish athletes in the Scottish independence referendum campaign. British Library, London: British Sociological Association Sport Study Group Conference.



External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities