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Abby Barras is a doctoral researcher based in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton. Her research explores what the participatory experiences of transgender (including non-binary) people are in everyday sport and physical exercise in the UK. Her research draws on trans feminism and queer theory, sociological discussions about the body and embodiment and sports sociology. Her research, which engages directly with transgender (including non binary) people, asks what barriers people may (or may not) be facing when accessing sport, and looks to place these stories centrally and make recommendations for greater inclusivity. 

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Sussex

1 Sep 201431 Aug 2016

Award Date: 3 Oct 2016


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Gender, feminism, sport, LGBTQI

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Research Output

Timelines and transitions: Understanding transgender & non-binary people’s participation in everyday sport and physical exercise through a temporal lens

Barras, A., Frith, H., Jarvis, N. & Lucena De Mello, R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry . Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Open Access
  • “We just want to be listened to.” Mundane Transphobia in BBC1’s ‘The Trans Women Athlete Dispute with Martina Navratilova’

    Barras, A., 1 Nov 2019, In : British Mensa's ANDROGYNY. 3, 3, p. 5-15 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Research degree

    What are transgender people’s experiences of everyday participation in sport in the UK?

    Rodrigo Lucena De Mello (Supervisor), Nigel Jarvis (Supervisor) & Hannah Frith (Supervisor)

    Sep 2017 → …

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree