Sadie Rockliffe

Sadie Rockliffe

PhD (Doctorate), Research Student


Research activity per year

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Research interests

Sadie Rockliffe is an ESRC SCDTP-funded PhD student, whose research interests lie within the themes of wellbeing and therapeutic landscapes; placemaking and custodianship; and the importance of accessibility and inclusivity within blue space engagement.

Sadie’s PhD will focus on the lived experiences of people with sensory impairments (visual/auditory) in relation to blue space wellbeing and engagement (including outdoor swimming).

Outdoor swimming is a social practice that currently displays very normative qualities around race, social class and ableness. This project attempts to increase the breadth and inclusivity of this social practice in blue space. The project will explore the health and wellbeing benefits (and barriers to engagement) of a specifically excluded section of the population - those with visual impairments. Co-created outputs will share new knowledge, offering scope to increase accessibility and inclusion.

Before arriving at the University of Brighton, Sadie spent over 20 years working with governing bodies and local communities to build inclusive accessible events and destination management strategies.

Knowledge exchange

Sadie is currently an HPL on a range of level 6 and 7 undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including Critical Perspectives in Tourism, Global Issues in Travel and Tourism, Resort and Destination Management, Special Interest and Niche Tourism, Organisational Behaviour and HRM, and Managing and Developing People.

Education/Academic qualification

Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Brighton

Award Date: 13 Oct 2023

Master, International Tourism Management, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Jul 2022

APM Project Fundamentals (PFQ)

Award Date: 18 Sept 2020

Bachelor, Biological Science, University of Brighton

Award Date: 8 Jul 2002

External positions

Sighted Guide

12 Dec 2023 → …

Food Waste Coordinator

15 Apr 2022 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Tourism
  • Leisure
  • Access
  • Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Therapeutic Landscapes
  • Placemaking
  • Custodianship
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Visual Impairments
  • Interdependence
  • intersectionality
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Coast
  • Sea
  • Blue Space


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