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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

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  • 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
  • More Than Just a 'Pro': A Relational Analysis of Transition in Professional Football, Stamp, D., Nelson, L., Potrac, P. 24 Nov 2019, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • The Career Experiences of Football Association Coach Educators: Lessons in Micropolitical Literacy and Action, Allanson, A., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 29 Nov 2019, In: Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Trust and Distrust in Community Sports Work, Gale, L., Ives, B., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 1 Sep 2019, In: Sociology of Sport Journal
  • Uncertainty, Shame and Consumption: Negotiating Occupational and Non-Work Identities in Community Sports Coaching, Ives, B., Gale, L., Potrac, P., Nelson, L. 7 Dec 2019, In: Sport, Education and Society
  • 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

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  • Ryan Thomas Start: 01/10/2017
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  • Callum Morgan Start: 01/10/2018
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