Dr Anthony Maher

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Research Group and Institute

  • Pedagogy, Professional Development & Politics in Physical Education & Sport Research Group


Dr Anthony Maher is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Youth Sport. He is a member of Department of Sport and Physical Activity’s Research Committee and conveyor of the policy and pedagogy strand of Social Science of Sport and Physical Activity research group. Previously, Anthony was Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Physical Education at Leeds Beckett University. Anthony has also held the positions of Lecturer in Sport Studies at University of Central Lancashire, and Associate Lecturer in Sport Studies at Edge Hill University.

Anthony has a PhD Sociology of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Physical Education (University of Central Lancashire), MSc Sociology of Sport and Exercise (University of Chester), PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (University of Central Lancashire), PG Cert Business and Management Research Methods (University of Central Lancashire), and BA (Hons.) Sport Development with Physical Education (Liverpool John Moores University).


Anthony’s research, consultancy and teaching interests relate mainly to diversity, equity and inclusion in physical education; teacher education; special education; and disability sport. Much of his research draws on British disability studies and sociological theory, especially the work of Antonio Gramsci.

External Engagement

Andy’s external engagement activities include:

  • Book reviewer for Routledge, Sage and Pearson
  • Article reviewer for a number of disability, education and physical education journals
  • External examiner at University of Brighton (2017-on going): PGCE Secondary Physical Education
  • External examiner at Bishop Burton College (2013-2017): BSc (Honours) Sports Coaching; FdSc Sports Coaching; and FdSc Personal Training

Selected Publications

  • Silicia, A.; Alcaraz-Ibanez, M.; Lirola, M.; Burgueno, R. and Maher, A. J. (2018) ‘Exercise motivational regulations and exercise addiction: the mediating role of passion’, Journal of Behavioural Addictions [online first] https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.7.2018.36
  • Maher, A. J. (2018) ‘“Disable them all”: SENCO and LSA conceptualisations of inclusion in physical education’, Sport, Education and Society, 23 (2), pp. 149-161. https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2016.1162149
  • Maher, A. J. and Vickerman, P. (2018) ‘Ideology influencing action: Special educational needs coordinator and learning support assistant role conceptualisations and experiences of special needs education in England’, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 18 (1), pp. 15-24. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-3802.12389
  • Maher, A. J.; Morley, D.; Fimusanmi, J. and Ogilvie, P. (2017) ‘University student experiences of a special school physical education placement’, European Physical Education Review [online first]
  • Sparkes, A. C.; Martos-Garcia, D. and Maher, A. J. (2017) ‘Me, Imperfect Osteogenesis and my classmates in physical education lessons: A case study of embodied pedagogy in action’, Sport, Education and Society [online first] https://doi.org/10.1080/13573322.2017.1392939
  • Morley, D.; Maher, A. J.; Walsh, B.; Dinning, T.; Lloyd, D. and Pratt, A. (2017) ‘Making reasonable adjustments for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities: pre-service teachers’ perceptions of an online support resource’, British Journal of Special Education, 44 (2), pp. 203-219. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8578.12175