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Approach to teaching

My teaching largely centres on sociological, historical, and political issues as they pertain to contemporary physical education and sport settings.  I teach students from a range of programs, who tend to see things from various perspectives and want to learn about sport in different ways and for different reasons.  Although I am cautious to approach each group of students on their own terms, what unites all of my teaching is a commitment to critically analyse the basic assumptions that underlie contemporary forms of sport culture.

I believe that teaching is a vital component of academic work, providing the most immediate route through which universities can positively benefit society.  As such, my teaching draws on academic research to provide students with contemporary, research-informed knowledge they can use to make sense of physical education and sports worlds, contextualised relative to their prospective future careers.  I regularly encourage my students to imagine how the materials covered in class can be of use in professional contexts, and deliberately shape my assessment strategies to give students skills that will be useful to them later in life.

Fundamentally, I see the task of enthusing my students with a passion for learning as the most important element of my duties as a lecturer.  As such, I work hard to vary my teaching style, prioritising topical issues and using innovative methods wherever possible to keep students engaged and motivated.  I see my role as one of making students curious, inspiring them to critically explore subject matter on their own, fostering independence while at university as well as a lifelong commitment to learn.

Research interests

My research interests encompass various thematic issues within the sociology of sport and physical education, focusing primarily on martial arts and combat sports.  Specifically, I have explored the relationship between gender, sexuality and participation; the value of martial arts within physical education curricula; media representations of professional fighters; the construction of meaning around notions of ‘violence’ among martial artists; the provision of medical support in combat sports; and the experiences of referees in mixed martial arts competitions as they pertain to risk management.

Besides these, I am also interested in the relationship between professional sport and the media; young people’s consumption of social media relative to questions around body image and fitness; and the inclusion of sexual minority athletes in sports.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising doctoral research across the fields of sociology, cultural studies, and politics as they pertain to sport, physical education, fitness, and related fields.

External positions

Special Advisory Board Member

30 Nov 2018 → …


  • HM Sociology
  • Sport
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Martial arts
  • Combat sport
  • Medicine
  • The body
  • Media

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Research Output 2012 2018

Love Fighting Hate Violence: An Anti-Violence Program for Martial Arts and Combat Sports

Channon, A. & Matthews, C. 30 Jan 2018 Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices and Structures. Burdsey, D., Carter, T. & Doidge, M. (eds.). Abingdon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

combat sport

Moving Lessons: Teaching Sociology through Embodied Learning in the HE Classroom

Channon, A., Khomutova, A. & Matthews, C. 4 Feb 2018 Teaching with Sociological Imagination in Higher and Further Education. Matthews, C., Edgington, U. & Channon, A. (eds.). UK

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The influence of competitive co-action on kata performance

Thomas, S., Lugo, R., Channon, A. & Spence, A. 29 Jan 2018 5, p. 52-60 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sport psychology
competitive sports

Between Homohysteria and Inclusivity: Tolerance towards Sexual Diversity in Sport

Piedra, J., Garcia-Perez, R. & Channon, A. 21 Apr 2017 21, 4, p. 1018-1039 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
construct validity

Pink Gloves still give Black Eyes: Exploring ‘Alternative’ Femininity in Women’s Combat Sports

Channon, A. & Phipps, C. 17 Jan 2017 3, p. 24-37 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
combat sport