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Prof Paul Potrac


Department: Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Paul completed his honours degree in Sport Studies and History at Brunel University and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 2001. After holding academic positions at the University of Otago, Brunel University, Edge Hill University, and the University of Hull, he joined the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University in December 2016. Alongside his academic work, Paul was a football coach for 18 years. He coached male and female teams at various levels in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and New Zealand. 

Campus Address

Northumberland Building
City Campus
Newcastle Upon Tyne


Sports Studies PhD November 21 2016

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing Creativity to Enhance Human Potential in Sport, Vaughan, J., Mallett, C., Davids, K., Potrac, P., López-Felip, M. 13 Sep 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • Trust and Distrust in Community Sports Work, Gale, L., Ives, B., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 1 Sep 2019, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • More than meets the (Rationalistic) Eye, Rowley, C., Potrac, P., Knowles, Z., Lee, N. 26 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • An elite hockey player’s experiences of video-based coaching, Taylor, W., Potrac, P., Nelson, L., Jones, L., Groom, R. 1 Feb 2017, In: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
  • Emotions, identity, and power in video-based feedback sessions: tales from women’s professional football, Magill, S., Nelson, L., Jones, R., Potrac, P. 28 Sep 2017, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • Emotions in sport coaching: an introductory essay, Potrac, P., Smith, A., Nelson, L. 28 Sep 2017, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • Passion and paranoia: an embodied tale of emotion, identity, and pathos in sports coaching, Potrac, P., Mallett, C., Greenough, K., Nelson, L. 23 Aug 2017, In: Sports Coaching Review
  • The Sociology of Sports Work, Emotions and Mental Health: Scoping the Field and Future Directions, Roderick, M., Smith, A., Potrac, P. 28 Jun 2017, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • A coach’s political use of video-based feedback, Booroff, M., Nelson, L., Potrac, P. 17 Jan 2016, In: Journal of Sports Sciences
  • Am I just not good enough? The creation, development and questioning of a high performance coaching identity, Purdy, L., Potrac, P. 3 Jul 2016, In: Sport, Education and Society

PGR Supervision

  • Ryan Thomas Start: 01/10/2017
  • Mark McCutcheon Start: 08/12/2016
  • Callum Morgan Start: 01/10/2018
  • Philip Harvey . Start: 30/01/2018


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