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PhD opportunities in the United Kingdom (sexual violence and youth sport)

Please see below for UK [United Kingdom] based funded PhD studentships with teaching assistantship. Feel free to contact me to discuss further. More details and further sport based PhDs at:

Research proposals are invited on the following:

Sexual violence in competitive youth sport: Prevalence, narratives and prevention initiatives

Sexual violence blights the lives of many people across Europe and beyond, and youth sport is sometimes the context in which it occurs. Simultaneously, sport is believed to be a vehicle through which society might combat sexual violence. A recent European Commission conference sought to shape the funding priorities of the EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2020. The Commission identified the prevention of sexual violence in (and through) sport as a priority area within the Plan. With potential for collaboration throughout Europe, this studentship provides the successful applicant with an opportunity to undertake timely and much-needed work in a priority area of the European Union’s sport agenda.

To discuss this project further, please contact Dr Mike Hartill (

Child protection and safeguarding in European sport: Policy and practice

In the UK, child protection in sport initiatives began in 2001. In many European countries this work is far less developed. A better understanding of the impact of child protection policy is much needed across all European countries and is a priority area of the European Commission’s 2014-2020 sport agenda. Working with our European partners, this position provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to map the current state of the field and conduct much-needed research on the implementation of child protection in sport policy and initiatives across Europe with a view to identifying and disseminating good practice in safeguarding and child protection in sport.

To discuss this project further, please contact Dr Mel Lang (

Dr Mike Hartill

Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Edge Hill University

St Helens Road



L39 4QP

01695 584763