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About Dan Bates

Dan is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, with a teaching and research focus in community sport development. His work is informed by critical social theory and explores the potential of community-based sport programmes for social change.

Having worked in a range of Sport Development, community, and young-people focussed occupations, Dan's doctoral research explored the empowering potential of community sport development practices in the UK. His research interests cover several aspects of community-based theory and practice, including: community development, programme theory, and impact evaluation. Dan’s work is informed by critical social theory and primarily uses qualitative methodologies in examining the multiple facets and desirability of programmes for change.

Current Teaching

Dan teaches across all levels of the BA (Hons) Sport Development degree, and is currently teaching on the following modules:

  • Physical Activity in the Community
  • Community Sport Development
  • Sport and Community Development
  • Leadership - Research Methods
  • Professional Practice in Sport Development
  • Major Independent Study

Research Interests

Dan’s current research deepens our understanding of the processes, practices, and politics of community sport development provision in the UK. This research has a wider international focus in contributing to Sport for Development theory and practice.

Selected Publications

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