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Stephanie Merchant


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Research interests

I joined the University of Bath as a lecturer in 2013, having completed my PhD in Human Geography (Exon) and Post-doctoral studies at the Faculty for Health Education and Scoiety at the University of Plymouth. 

My research interest can be broken down into three key strands:

  1. Qualitative methodological innovation (particularly through the use of technology such as video and GPS)
  2. Sport/leisure and space (particulalry with reference to the role of nature and blue space in wellbeing, sustainable tourism environments and urban design for healthy communities)
  3. Technological, mediative and more-than-human engagements with sport, health and leisure environments

My research is underpinned by phenomenological and posthuman theoretical perspectives.

My teaching focuses on:

  • Sociological studies of health/fitness
  • sport/leisure tourism  

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Research Output

Running with an ‘other’: landscape negotiation and inter-relationality in canicross

Merchant, S., 2 Jan 2020, In : Sport in Society. 23, 1, p. 11-23 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Dark sport: re-configuring perception of space in mass/niche participation events

Merchant, S., 30 Jan 2017, Seeking the Senses in Physical Cultures: Sensual Scholarship in Action. Sparkes, A. (ed.). London, U. K.: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The promise of creative/participatory mapping practices for sport and leisure research

Merchant, S., 2017, In : Leisure Studies. 36, 2, p. 182-191 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
134 Downloads (Pure)

Therapeutic movement / leisure practices

Merchant, S., Jan 2017, Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies. Silk, M., Andrews, D. & Thorpe, H. (eds.). Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, p. 73-83

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    140 Downloads (Pure)