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Call for papers: Special issue of Fat Studies – Fat and Physical Activity

Call for Proposals – Special Issue on FAT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society  Guest Editors: Dr Louise Mansfield Brunel University London (UK), louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk Dr Emma Rich University of Bath (UK), e.rich@bath.ac.uk This special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society will examine issues of fat and …

New Project “The Digital Health Generation? The impact of ‘healthy lifestyle’ technologies on young people’s learning, identities and health practices” – funded by The Wellcome Trust

Research Team: Dr Emma Rich (PI) – University of Bath Professor Andy Miah – University of Salford Professor Deborah Lupton – University of Canberra I’m very excited to announce that in February 2017 we will begin a new research project funded by the the Wellcome Trust on digital health technologies and young people. We will be …

New Research project Re-presenting para-sport bodies: Disability & the cultural legacy of the Paralympics

I’ve just started research with a number of colleagues as part of an exciting new project funded by the AHRC and led by Professor Michael Silk at Bournemouth University in collaboration with Bournemouth University, Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University, The University of Western Ontario, University of Bath. “With research on the commercial mediation of para-sport bodies being …

Problematizing public engagement within public pedagogy research and practice

New journal article with Jennifer Sandlin and Jake Burdick, published in Discourse: Studies in the cultural politics of Education “In this article, we explore issues related to how scholars attempt to enact public pedagogy (i.e. doing ‘public engagement’ work) and how they research public pedagogy (i.e. framing and researching artistic and activist ‘public engagement’ as public pedagogy). We focus …

Mobile, wearable and ingestible health technologies: towards a critical research agenda

A new paper I’ve co-authored with Andy Miah on digital health technologies, published in Health Sociology Review as part of a special issue edited by Deborah Lupton. “In this article, we review critical research on mobile and wearable health technologies focused on the promotion of ‘healthy lifestyles’. We begin by discussing key governmental and policy …

Could artificial intelligence save the NHS?

Just published this article with Andy Miah (Salford) in The Conversation. “The NHS recently announced plans to trial an artificially intelligent mobile health app to a million people in London. The aim is to help diagnose and treat patients by engaging them in a real time text message conversation which will complement the NHS 111 phone …

Why young women need to be given a louder voice in the obesity debate

An article I published in the conversation with Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb and Annaleise Depper (University of Bath) on the obesity policy. Young women are at the centre of myriad public health concerns about their bodies. Fears about obesity, inactivity, unhappiness and social media have driven policy responses that target young women and their “problem” behaviours. …

Social Learning 2.0: A New Teaching Ethos for Universities

Dr Emma Rich, University of Bath @emmarich45 Professor Andy Miah, University of the West of Scotland @andymiah Around the end of 2011, a few geeks in Sweden set up the Swedish Twitter University, which brought lectures in a series of tweets to a class of, at least, around 500 followers. It may have been the …

PE is not a Panacea

From tackling obesity to producing sporting heroes: Physical Education is not a panacea: On Thursday, Ofsted, the education standards watchdog, warned in a report on primary and secondary Physical Education (PE) that some PE lessons were failing to provide enough strenuous activity to improve pupils fitness and that not enough young people were playing competitive …

Watch this Paralympics Documentary

  During 2012 I was fortunate enough to work with some students from City of Bristol College (with thanks to tutor Sacha Butterworth) as part of a series of research projects. These students have been involved in various citizen media activities in collaboration with Relays at watershed. The link above will take you to a …

The end of the affair? Why London2012 ‘inspiration’ could be short-lived

As the London2012 Olympic Games drew to a spectacular end this week, attention quickly turned to the future and potential legacy and ‘inspiration’ it will deliver. This word has populated the media landscape and a quick search for #inspiration on twitter will give some indication of its prevalence. Unsurprisingly, the capacity for sport to ‘inspire’ …

Body Culture Exhibition

In September 2011 some of my work on the Body and Physical Culture was the    subject of an exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Insitution. Click here to view the Online Exhibition Book. Body culture is an interdisciplinary contemporary art exhibition exploring young people’s relationship with their bodies within a culture of increased …

Olympic Open Weekend and citizen journalism

Please visit the blog On 23rd – 24th July Weymouth hosted their Olympic Open Weekend as part of the Cultural Olympiad and in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Funded by University of Bath and in collaboration with RELAYS Watershed Bristol, Weymouth College and #media2012 I have just completed a pilot study on …

#media2012 olympic research

This Summer I will be undertaking research on social media and the Olympics as part of the #media2012 social media community: “This is founded on principles of ‘open media’ and will facilitate community legacies and build stories about London, the Nations and the Regions that reach an international audience. It will focus on reporting all …

Pedagogy and Physical Cultural Studies

New article published on pedagogy and physical cultural studies in the Sociology of Sport Journal Exploring the Relationship Between Pedagogy and Physical Cultural Studies: The Case of New Health Imperatives in Schools This paper explores how we might better engage with pedagogy as a feature of the growing field of Physical Cultural Studies (Andrews, 2006). …

My research in exhibition

  In September there will be an exhibition of artist’s interpretation of some of the research I have been undertaking for   the last ten years with colleagues (John Evans, Rachel Allwood, Laura De Pian, Jan Wright, Lisette Burrows etc) concerning the increased surveillance of young people’s bodies (funded by ESRC and Loughborough University).  This will …