Brad Millington


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Research interests

My research is focused on physical culture, which is to say it centres on the meanings, practices, technologies, and spaces associated with the active body in a variety of contexts (in sport, fitness, physical activity, leisure, and physical education). I draw from an eclectic mix of theories in my work and from an array of research methods as well.

In more specific terms, my research involves two main strands of analysis. The first strand is focused on health and fitness technologies, with consideration given to the production, representation, regulation, and consumption of devices such as fitness training apps. The second strand of analysis involves work on sport and the environment, with a focus in this case on environmental discourses, policies, and practices related to sporting industries (golf) and mega-events (the Olympics).

My work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Sport Canada.

I am an Associate Editor of the journal Leisure Sciences and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and the Editorial Advisory Board for Leisure Studies.

Research interests

  • Health and fitness technologies
  • Sport and Big Data
  • Physical culture, gender, and aging
  • Sport and the environment/sustainable development
  • Mega-events and corporate social responsibility
  • Sport and social movements

Research Group

Physical Culture, Sport and Health

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising PhD projects related to any of my research interests. Please contact me if you wish to discuss PhD supervision.

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2005 2018

A brief history (and a look into the future) of fitness technology

Millington, B., 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

Ecological modernization and the Olympics: The case of golf and Rio’s 'Green' Games

Millington, R., Darnell, S. & Millington, B., 1 Mar 2018, In : Sociology of Sport Journal. 35, 1, p. 8-16

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Change
Olympic Games
Climate Change

The data analyst: Elite sport performance and precarious work

Millington, B., Manley, A. & Williams, S., 2018, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Charting the ‘Bicycle for Development’ movement

Hayhurst, L., Wilson, B., Millington, B. & Vanwynsberghe, R., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper