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Dr Kerry Griffiths BA (Hons), MSc, MA, PhD

Research Fellow


Kerry joined SIRC in April 2013. She has a PhD in Sociology, and an MA in Sociological Research Methods, with substantial experience in a range of both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. She also has an MSc in Sport Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Kerry's particular areas of research interest include understanding participation in sport, including barriers to participation and participation in minority groups, particularly women and girls; the outcomes of sport, including the physical and the social outcomes, such as the development of identity and community through sport; and the health and fitness industry, including new trends in fitness practices.

  • About

    Kerry has substantial project management experience and in 2014 she led on the evaluation of the Sport England / Bury Council funded project Women and Girls Sport Behaviour and Attitude Change in Bury, for which the research explored the added value of the project for women, girls, and for the local community in Bury.

    Kerry has previously conducted research for local education authorities to explore the reasons behind teenage girls’ disengagement with physical education and school sport, which involved observation of physical education lessons and qualitative interviews at secondary schools in Sheffield. She has also conducted research projects examining gender stereotyping in sport, and looking at the sense of community harnessed by being a sports 'fan'.

    Kerry's book Femininity, Feminism and Recreational Pole Dancing (2015) explores the phenomenon of pole dancing as an increasingly popular fitness and leisure activity for women, taught in health and fitness clubs across the country. It is based on empirical research conducted for her PhD and uncovers the stories and experiences of the women who participate in these classes, and examines what the mainstreaming of this type of sexualised dance means for the women who practice it.

    Kerry's key skills include

    • Qualitative methodologies, including the use of NVivo for qualitative data analysis
    • Narrative research methods
    • Ethnographic / observational research
    • Case study research
    • Systematic literature reviews
    • Project planning and project management
    • Social return on investment (SROI) analysis

    Sport participation, gender and sport, programme evaluation, literature reviews

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    BUCS: Sport and Employability
    Sport England / Bury Council: Evaluation of Women and Girls Sport Behaviour and Attitude Change in Bury
    Comic Relief: Sport and Employability
    Street Games: Free and Low Cost Sporting Offers - Literature Review
    South Yorkshire Sport: Evaluation of Women's Coaching Project

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Birdi, K., Griffiths, K., Turgoose, C., Alsina, V., Andrei, D., Băban, A., ... Vonaș, G. (2020). Factors influencing cross-border knowledge sharing by police organisations: an integration of ten European case studies. Police Practice and Research, 1-20.

    Griffiths, K., Bullough, S., Shibli, S., & Wilson, J. (2017). The impact of engagement in sport on graduate employability: implications for higher education policy and practice. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 9 (3), 431-451.

    Griffiths, K., Birdi, K., Alsina, V., Andrei, D., Baban, A., Bayeral, P.S., ... Vonas, G. (2016). Knowledge sharing practices and issues in policing contexts: a systematic review of the literature. European Journal of Policing Studies, 3 (3), 267-291.


    Griffiths, K. (2015). Femininity, feminism and recreational pole dancing. Abingdon: Routledge.

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