We conduct world-leading and internationally-recognised locally relevant and applied research in sport, physical activity and health.
Research in sport and exercise science is conducted through the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI) and is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of staff and postgraduate students, which represents research quality at national and international levels. Given the applied nature of the research conducted by SESRI, we have developed a range of research collaborations at the international, national and local levels involving governing bodies of sport, hospitals and medical facilities and practitioners, local and national government and other key stakeholders in sport, exercise and physical activity.
Research areas include:
Adolescent lifestyle and health.
Health benefits of physical activity.
Social sciences of sport including sport for development and peace; sport and migration; sport and inclusion; pain and injury in sport; sport and identity politics; sport and disability (intellectual and physical) and sport management.
Sport and exercise psychology, physiology and biomechanics.
Sports medicine and physiotherapy
Within the group, funding has been secured from a variety of sources including a range of prestigious research councils and charitable foundations, the European Commission, the European Social Fund, the Department of Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland) and from commercial partners through Co-operative Awards in Science and Technology (CAST) studentships and fully funded studentships.Research within SESRI encompasses three distinct fields: physical activity and health; the social sciences of sport; sports science and medicine. Research in these fields is conducted within 3 discrete research centres.