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Anthony Bush


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Dr Anthony Bush is a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. In recognition of excellence in leadership in learning and teaching in the University, Dr Bush was the winner of the Leadership in Learning and Teaching Award 2016. Dr Bush is a former professional badminton player and has over 25 years of coaching experience. He is currently the Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department for Health, formerly the Director of Studies for the BA in Sport and Social Sciences (2012-2015) and is a member of the Physical Cultural Studies research group (PCS at Bath). Through the development and strategic dissemination of potentially empowering forms of knowledge and understanding, PCS at Bath seeks to illuminate, and intervene into, sites of physical cultural injustice and inequity. Dr Bush is an interdisciplinary scholar specialising on issues concerning the physically active body in a myriad of spaces and sites including, but not limited to, the elite sporting context. His work pushes at the ontological, epistemological and methodological boundaries of that which counts as the critical, social science oriented study of sport and physical activity. As such his work engages with a variety of methodological approaches that engage the empirical (including ethnography and autoethnography, participant observation, discourse and media analysis, and contextual analysis) and deploy an equally fluid theoretical vocabulary, utilising concepts and theories from a variety of disciplines (including cultural studies, economics, history, health, education, media studies, performance studies, philosophy, sociology, and urban studies) in engaging and interpreting the particular aspect of physical culture under scrutiny.


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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2004 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
74 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Re-thinking leisure in a digital age

Silk, M. (ed.), Millington, B. (ed.), Rich, E. (ed.) & Bush, A. (ed.), 1 Jan 2019, Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Chaordic learning systems: Reconceptualising pedagogy for the digital age

Roberts, W., Longhurst, S., Franks, B., Taylor, N. & Bush, A., 9 Aug 2017, In : The Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching. 1, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Critical corporeal curricula, praxis and change

Silk, M., Francombe-Webb, J. & Bush, A., 1 Feb 2017, Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. Silk, M. L., Andrews, D. L. & Thorpe, H. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 558-567 10 p. 55

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Game based pedagogies and the volunteer coaching community: (re)imagining coach learning and knowledge through a collaborative approach

Author: Williams, S., 27 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Carr, S. (Supervisor) & Bush, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)


‘Doing coaching justice’: Promoting a critical consciousness in sports coaching research

Author: Bush, A., 1 Sep 2008

Supervisor: Silk, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)