Department of Geography
- Qualifications: BA (Hons) Human Geography
- Role Title: MRes Student
- Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
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- Department: Geography
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
Upon receiving my Bachelors degree in Human Geography from the University of Portsmouth I decided to re-join the department in January 2017 as a research student.
My passion for research emerged throughout the duration of my undergraduate dissertation, an independent research project that focused on women’s football and the barriers that female players have to overcome whilst participating in a space dominated by hegemonic masculinity. My interest in exploring this subject stems from my own interests and experiences of football. Sport and football in particular have always played an important role throughout my upbringing and adult life. I am a former football player myself and remain actively involved with the game as I have been from an early age.
I am incredibly excited about the learning opportunities that this MRes will allow me to pursue, especially in relation to the questions that were uncovered during my undergraduate work. I hope that my work at this level will not only give me more experience within research but also be able to make a positive and lasting contribution to academic realms of sports and geography
My research aims to explore why football is predominantly seen as a male sport with masculine characteristics. It is hoped the research will highlight and challenge issues such as ‘natural’ reactions by looking at the role of biological and social constructions within the particular space surrounding football. Studies within Geographies of Gender and the use of women’s space and place frequently focus on the home and work spaces. I hope to extend these theories and explore the too often ignored areas of leisure and contribute to the understanding of this particular space within women’s daily lives. This research is supervised by Dr Tara Woodyer (first supervisor) and Dr Carol Ekinsmyth (second supervisor).