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Dr James Cherrington

Senior Lecturer


Jim is a senior lecturer in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. His research explores how identity, bodies, knowledges and objects are materialised in/through everyday life, with much of his recent work dedicated to investigating the socio-historical, socio-technical and political conditions of 'nature' (sport). His most recent research project examines the impact that electric mountain bikes are having on health and the environment. Jim currently teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules relating to sport and social theory, alternative physical activities and sport branding. He welcomes applications from potential PhD students with an interest in the relationships between sport, physical activity and society, especially those that relate to green exercise, technology and society, or extreme/alternative sport. 




Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

Health And Wellbeing

  • BSc Physical Activity, Sport and Health
  • BSc Sport Business Management
  • BSc Sport Development with Coaching


Understanding Physical Activity, Alternative Physical Activities, Football and Society


Defining the Social, Cultural and Political Impact of Outdoor Activities in Sheffield


Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (2020). Spectres of nature in the trail building assemblage. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 3 (1), 71-93.

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (2020). ‘Nature doesn’t care that we’re there’: Re-Symbolizing Nature’s ‘Natural’ Contingency. International Journal of Žižek Studies, 14 (1), 1-26.

Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (2019). Mountain bike trail building, ‘dirty’ work and a new terrestrial politics. World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research.

Cherrington, J. (2019). Media Review: Joe Bowman and Aaron Bartlett (Directors/Producers), "Gamble", Steel City Media/Creative Concept. International review for the sociology of sport.

Cherrington, J., Black, J., & Tiller, N. (2018). Running away from the taskscape : ultramarathon as ‘dark ecology’. Annals of Leisure Research, 1-21.

Cherrington, J. (2014). 'It's just superstition I suppose ... I've always done something on game day': The construction of everyday life on a university basketball team. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49 (5), 509-525.

Cherrington, J., & Watson, B. (2010). Shooting a diary, not just a hoop: using video diaries to explore the embodied everyday contexts of a university basketball team. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2 (2), 267-281.

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (n.d.). Posthuman to Inhuman: mHealth technologies and the digital health assemblage. Theory & Event.

Book chapters

Cherrington, J. (2022). Mountain biking in the (Neg)Anthropocene. Encountering, witnessing, and reorienting to, the end of the ‘natural’ world. In Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (Eds.) Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments. Routledge

Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (2022). Introduction. Sport and physical activity in catastrophic environments – Tuning to the ‘weird’ and the ‘eerie’. In Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments. Routledge:

Black, J., & Cherrington, J. (2020). Community as Hyperobject: Exploring the ‘Spectral Plains’ of Leisure. In Glover, T., & Sharpe, E. (Eds.) Leisure and its Communities: Rethinking Mutuality, Collective Expression, and Belonging in the New Century. Routledge

Woodhouse, D., & Cherrington, J. (2018). Walking in the shoes of others: Critical reflection in community sport management and physical activity. In Wilson, R., & Platts, C. (Eds.) Managing and developing community sport. (pp. 30-44). London: Routledge:

Cherrington, J., & Gregory, M. (2017). Where nature and culture coalesce: The social, cultural and political impact of outdoor recreation in Sheffield. In Turner, D., & Carnicelli, S. (Eds.) Lifestyle sports and public policy. (pp. 100-116). London: Routledge:

Cherrington, J. (2015). Basketball, embodiment and the everyday. In Wellard, I. (Ed.) Researching Embodied Sport : Exploring Movement Cultures. (pp. 101-116). London: Routledge:


Cherrington, J., & Black, J. (Eds.). (2022). Sport and Physical Activity in Catastrophic Environments. Routledge.

Internet Publications

Cherrington, J. (2021). Are e-bikes ruining mountain biking?

Cherrington, J. (2020). Mountain bikers can strengthen the connection between humans, nature and recreational space.

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