Professor Brett Smith, PhD
(email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brett Smith is the Department Director of Research. He held a Chair first at Loughborough University and then at the University of Birmingham before joining Durham in 2019.
Brett’s extensively funded research focuses on disability, physical activity, sport, and health. It combines thinking from psychology, sociology, public health, and critical disability studies. It also is often co-produced. One example of current research he leads is: ‘Making Every Contact Count: Training the Social Workers of Today and Tomorrow in Supporting Disabled People to be Physically Active’. This 3 year project is funded by Sport England and the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).
Brett is also internationally recognised as a methodologist in qualitative research. He has a particular interest in narrative inquiry, rigor, and arts-based research. Brett is the co-founder and President of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. He is also the founder and former Editor of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. Currently he serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology of Sport and Exercise and was previously the Associate Editor of Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology for qualitative research.Over his career he served on the Editorial Board of 15 journals, including Qualitative Research in Psychology, Disability & Society, and Sociology of Sport Journal.
Brett has over 200 publications. These include articles in Health Psychology, Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine, and the Lancet. He is regularly invited to give keynotes at international conferences and workshops on qualitative research. Brett is an appointed core member of the new UK Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) Physical Activity Expert Committee for Communications, where he provides expertise on disability, messaging, and co-production. Prior to this, he was the Chair of the Disability and Physical Activity Expert Working Group for the 2019 CMO Physical Activity Guidelines, and an author of the report.
Brett welcomes applications from potential PhD students interested in the psycho-social aspects of disability, sport, physical activity, and/or social justice.
Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
- Healthy Communities
- Prato, Luana, Torregrossa, Miquel, Ramis, Yago, Alcaraz, Saul & Smith, Brett (2021). Assembling the sense of home in emigrant elite athletes: Cultural transitions, narrative and materiality. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 55: 101959.
- Tamminen, Katherine A., Bundon, A., Smith, B., McDonough, M. H., Poucher, Z. A. & Atkinson, M. (2021). Considerations for making informed choices about engaging in open qualitative research. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
- Tod, David, Booth, Andrew & Smith, Brett (2021). Critical appraisal. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Smith, Brett, Mallick, Kamran, Monforte, Javier & Foster, Charlie (2021). Disability, the communication of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and ableism: a call for inclusive messages. British Journal of Sports Medicine
- Martin Ginis, Kathleen A, van der Ploeg, Hidde P, Foster, Charlie, Lai, Byron, McBride, Christopher B, Ng, Kwok, Pratt, Michael, Shirazipour, Celina H, Smith, Brett, Vásquez, Priscilla M & Heath, Gregory W (2021). Participation of people living with disabilities in physical activity: a global perspective. The Lancet 398(10298): 443-455.
- Choi, Inhyang, Haslett, Damian, Monforte, Javier & Smith, Brett (2021). The Influence of Confucianism on Para-Sport Activism. Sociology of Sport Journal 38(2): 140-148.
- Monforte, Javier & Smith, Brett (2020). Conventional and Postqualitative Research: An Invitation to Dialogue. Qualitative Inquiry 27(6): 650-660.
- Budden, Timothy, Dimmock, James A., Smith, Brett, Beauchamp, Mark, Rosenberg, Michael & Jackson, Ben (2020). Overweight and obese men’s experiences in a sport-based weight loss intervention for men. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 50: 101750.
- Haslett, Damian, Choi, Inhyang & Smith, Brett (2020). Para athlete activism: A qualitative examination of disability activism through Paralympic sport in Ireland. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 47: 101639.
- Smith, Brett & Monforte, Javier (2020). Stories, New Materialism and Pluralism: Understanding, Practising and Pushing the Boundaries of Narrative Analysis. Methods in Psychology 2: 100016.
- Smith, Brett & Wightman, Leanne (2019). Promoting physical activity to disabled people: messengers, messages, guidelines and communication formats. Disability and Rehabilitation 1.
- Smith, B. & McGannon, K.R. (2018). Developing rigor in qualitative research: problems and opportunities within sport and exercise psychology. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology 11(1): 101-121.
- Smith, B., Bundon, A. & Best, M. (2016). Disability sport and activist identities: A qualitative study of narratives of activism among elite athletes’ with impairment. Psychology of Sport and Exercise 26: 139-148.
- Caddick, N., Smith, B. & Phoenix, C. (2015). Male combat veterans' narratives of PTSD, masculinity, and health. Sociology of Health and Illness 37(1): 97-111.
- Smith, B., Tomasone, J.R., Latimer-Cheung, A.E. & Martin Ginis, K.A. (2015). Narrative as a knowledge translation tool for facilitating impact: Translating physical activity knowledge to disabled people and health professionals. Health Psychology 34(4): 303-313.
- Papathomas, A., Williams, T.L. & Smith, B. (2015). Understanding physical activity participation in spinal cord injured populations: Three narrative types for consideration. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being 10(1): 27295.
- Smith, B. (2013). Sporting spinal cord injuries, social relations, and rehabilitation narratives: An ethnographic creative non-fiction of becoming disabled through sport. Sociology of Sport Journal 30(2): 132-152.
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