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 PhD researchers. Given the applied nature of the research conducted by SESRI, we have developed a range of research collaborations at 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:
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)
Research centres housed in SESRI aim to facilitate, co-ordinate and to carry out high quality research, and to promote a vibrant culture of research and scholarship in partnership with health providers, sports governing bodies and other centres of excellence.
The Centre for Sport in Society brings together colleagues from across Ulster University who conduct research on a range of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.
This research explores themes and issues associated with the cultural, political, social, economic and historical import of sport in a variety of local, national and international contexts including Ireland, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.
Since 2005, Centre members have secured research funding from a range of prestigious sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, Special Olympics, the British Academy and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Our work is also impactful and applied and has involved research conducted with a range of governing bodies and key stakeholders in sport including the Irish Football Association, UEFA, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, World Rally Championship, Special Olympics Ireland and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
There has been considerable media interest in our research leading to its dissemination in a wide range of local, national and international media outlets.