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Dr Edward Hall

Senior Lecturer

Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

I joined Northumbria in 2014 while finishing my doctoral studies. I am fascinated by the relational, (micro)political and emotional complexities of sports work, which is reflected in my ongoing scholarship and supervisory activity. My research explores how networks of social relations influence the thoughts, feelings and (inter)actions of sport professionals, and how sense is made of experiences, relationships and the self. As a member of the Informing Practice and Policy research group, my aim is to critically examine the opportunities and challenges associated with professional practice in order to inform and beneficially impact those leading, working and participating in sport and exercise. Alongside my academic work, I have been a rugby coach, coach educator and mentor over the last 18 years.

Edward Hall

Campus Address

Northumbria University, City Campus
Northumberland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My research interests focus on the relational, (micro)political and emotional complexities of sports work. My ongoing and published work seeks to explore how networks of social relations influence the thoughts, feelings and (inter)actions of sport professionals, and how sense is made of experiences, relationships and the self. Similarly, I am fortunate to supervise an amazing group of PhD and Masters students whose sociological research examines professional practice, interactions and identities across a diverse range of sport settings. 

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Actors, interactions, ties, and networks: the ‘doing’ of talent identification and development work in elite youth football academies, Thomas, R., Hall, E., Nelson, L., Potrac, P. 3 Apr 2022, In: Soccer and Society
  • Athletes as ‘sites of normative intersectionality’: Critically exploring the ontology of influence in sport coaching., Nichol, A., Hayes, P., Vickery, W., Boocock, E., Potrac, P., Hall, E. 1 Sep 2021, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Beat the Game: A Foucauldian Exploration of Coaching Differently in an Elite Rugby Academy, Avner, Z., Denison, J., Jones, L., Boocock, E., Hall, E. 24 Jul 2021, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • Coaching in the shadows: critically examining the unintended (non)influence of pedagogical practice, Nichol, A., Potrac, P., Hayes, P., Boocock, E., Vickery, W., Morgan, C., Hall, E. 15 Oct 2021, In: Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Coaching Profession: Acting as a Coach, Potrac, P., Gearity, B., Nichol, A., Morgan, C., Hall, E. 19 Mar 2021, Coaching for Human Development and Performance in Sports, Cham, Springer
  • Doing hybrid management work in elite sport: The case of a head coach in top-level Rugby Union, Hall, E., Gray, S., Martindale, A., Sproule, J., Kelly, J., Potrac, P. 15 Mar 2021, In: Sport Management Review
  • Fear, Anger, and Loneliness: Emotional Pain and Referee Attrition in English Grassroots Football, Potrac, P., Hall, E., Nichol, A. 25 Oct 2021, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Sport, Emotion, and Engagement, Potrac, P., Gearity, B., Nichol, A., Hall, E. 2021, The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Sport, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Building a house of C.A.R.D.S.: The practice structures of coaches in a professional rugby union academy, Hall, E., Mcnulty, A., Laycock, M., Ponton, J. 3 Dec 2019, Sports Coaching, London, Routledge
  • Critically understanding and engaging with the (micro)political dimensions of coaches' work in an advanced undergraduate coaching course, Potrac, P., Nichol, A., Hall, E. 3 Dec 2019, Coach education and development in sport, London, Routledge

PGR Supervision

  • Liviu Cristea Chasing the big time: navigating emotions, identity and relations in the precarious context of sports work. Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Mark Clarkson The Construction and Performance of Identities and Selves in Endurance Running: A Relational Perspective Start Date: 01/03/2019
  • Mark Bertram Why do coaches structure practice the way they do? An investigation of elite youth soccer coaches’ perceptions of practice design and the relationship between pedagogy and athlete outcomes. Start Date: 16/08/2018


  • Sport PhD June 05 2015
  • Sport MSc September 01 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

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