Dr Emily Lovett

Programme Leader for Sports Development and Management

Research Group and Institute

  • Politics, Pedagogy & Practice Research Group
  • Sport, Work and Health research group


Emily is Programme Leader for the Sports Development and Management degree and is a senior lecturer in this area. Having joined Edge Hill University in 2014, Emily’s teaching and research is focused on sport policy and development within the sociology of sport. Emily teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate provision and enjoys working with students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broader context of sport and physical activity.


Emily is particularly interested in community sports development. Her PhD examined a non-host city experience of preparing for and delivering a sporting legacy from London 2012. Understanding local perspectives of policy and national priorities for sport is a key area of research for Emily.

Emily is researching sport and physical activity opportunities and experiences of provision for particular target groups. Her current research focuses on new parents, physical activity and mental health.

External Engagement

Emily’s external engagement activities include:

  • Peer reviewer for Leisure Studies (2017 -)
  • Peer reviewer for International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (2016 -)
  • Peer reviewer for European Physical Education Review. (2017 -)
  • Contributing to the department’s programme endorsement and higher education work with the Chartered Institue for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity (2018 -)
  • Contributing to the department’s work with Everton in the Community (The official charity of Everton Football Club) (2019 -)

Selected Publications

  • Lovett, E., Bloyce, D. & Smith, A. (2020) Delivering a sports participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: evidence from sport development workers in Birmingham and their experiences of a double-bind, Leisure Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2020.1738534
  • Lovett, E. & Bloyce, D. (2017). What happened to the legacy from London 2012? A sociological analysis of the processes involved in preparing for a grassroots sporting legacy from London 2012 outside of the host city. Sport in Society 20(11), 1625-1643 DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2017.1284813
  • Bloyce, D., & Lovett, E. (2012). Planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy: a figurational analysis. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4(3), 361-77.