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Dr Iain Lindsey

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences  
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Iain joined Durham University in August 2014 having previously been employed as a researcher, lecturer and researcher at Loughborough, Southampton and Edge Hill Universities. He has a BSc in Mathematics from University of Edinburgh, an MA in Sports Development from Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education and a PhD in Sport Policy from Loughborough University.

Iain’s research has primarily examined sport policy and development, especially youth sport policy in the UK and the use of sport for development in Africa. This research has undertaken both at global and national levels as well as in a variety of local and community contexts. Iain's research is underpinned by theories and methodologies from the fields of political science and international development. In doing so, particular issues that are of interest to Iain are governance and partnership working, evidence-based policy and sustainable development. 

Iain has published widely in sport, development and politics journals. He has co-authored two mongraphs: Sport Policy in Britain (with Professor Barrie Houlihan, Loughborough University) and Localizing Global Sport for Development (with Tess Kay, Ruth Jeanes and Davies Banda). His research has been supported by grants and consultancy from the Leverhulme Trust, Commonwealth Secretariat, Sport and Recreation Alliance and UK Sport. 

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Grants Awarded

Sustainability Evaluation of Health Kicks in Southampton (£20,254, Comic Relief and Southampton FC, with Kevin Harris, Southampton Solent University, 2010-2013)

Evaluation of UK / Ghana Sports Equipment Project (£7638, International Development through Sport / UK Sport, Jimmy O’Gorman, Edge Hill University, 2011-2013)

Sustainable Development in African Sport (£97,118, Leverhulme Trust, with Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, University of Ghana, Dr Hamad Ndee, University of Dar es Salaam, Dr Adam Zakariah, University for Development Studies, Dr Ruth Jeanes, Monash University, 2011-2014)

BILD programme sustainability research (£15,000, International Development through Sport / UK Sport, with Dr Hamad Ndee, Dr Ruth Jeanes, 2012-2014)

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquries and applications from potential PhD students who share any of my research interests listed below

Research interests

  • Youth Sport Policy and Implementation
  • International Sport-for-Development
  • Governance and Partnership in Sport
  • Sport and Sustainable Development
  • Evidence-based Policy in Sport

Research groups

  • Sporting Lives

Research Projects

  • Sustainable Development in African Sport: Interventions in Ghana and Tanzania

Awarded Grants

  • 2018: PE and Sport Premium Research(£3978.40 from )
  • 2014: Sustainable Development in African Sport: Interventions in Ghana and Tanzania(£32407.00 from The Leverhulme Trust)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2014: External Examiner:
    • External Examiner, MA Applied Professional Studies, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth
    • External Examiner, MSc Sports Development and Coaching, Ulster University
  • 2014: Research Advisor: Research advisor on Strategic Advisory Group, ;Beckwith International Leadership Development Programme, UK Sport
  • 2009: Editor: Co-Editor and Book Reviews Editor, International Journal of Sport Policy and Policy (2009 – Present)

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Sport: Sport Policy and Development Sport-for-Development Youth Sport


Authored book

  • Lindsey, I., Kay, T., Jeanes, R. & Banda, D. (2017). Localizing global sport for development. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Lindsey, I. & Chapman, T. (2017). Enhancing the Contribution of Sport to the Sustainable Development Goals. Commonwealth Secretariat.
  • Lindsey,I. & Houlihan, B. (2013). Sport Policy in Britain. Abingdon: Routledge.

Chapter in book

Journal Article


  • Rigby, B.P., Donkin, B., Oliver, E.J., Lindsey, I. & Mitchell, I. (2018). Influencing Older People's Physical Activity: A Pilot Rapid Evidence Review Produced on Behalf of the Active Durham Partnership Evidence-based Approach Group.

Supervision students