Research stories

​​​​​​​​​​​We hope you enjoy reading about our research. There is no shortage of exciting questions to be addressed, with benefits for society, environment and the economy. Our research is often funded and conducted in partnership with academics and practitioners across the world.

Whether it is a local, national or global context, our researchers are helping to answer the most pressing questions using innovative approaches and techniques.



Haydn’s latest journal publication explores the role of positive psychological capital as a concept to understand how participation in sport may contribute to enhanced social inclusion. The research draws upon interview data collected from a sport-based project delivered in London, and provides insights into how opportunities offered within community sports clubs may enable the development of positive psychological capital.

Dr Haydn Morgan

Senior Lecturer in S​port and Exercise

Haydn’s research is concerned with the role that sport adopts as a tool for social and cultural change. More specifically, Haydn’s research explores how participation in sport and physical cultural practices may enhance social inclusion, contribute to the development of citizenship qualities, and be utilised as an instrument to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

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Meghan’s research lies predominantly in the area of nutrition and metabolism, specifically investigating nutritional interventions to improve recovery. This involves working in collaboration with other institutions and with elite sports teams, such as Forest Green Rovers Football Club, with whom she is exploring the efficacy of plant-based protein supplementation for exercise recovery in participants following a vegan diet.

Dr Meghan Brown

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise (Nutrition)

Meghan teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the School of Sport and Exercise. Alongside her teaching and research activity, she is also actively involved in appl​ied sport nutrition practice, working with the Sport Scholarship Programme at the university, the Talented Athlete Scholarships Scheme, and with teams and individual athletes in the area.

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Lucy is involved with a project with the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Newcastle exploring 20th-century glacial change on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Peninsula is a mountain glacier system comprised of over 400 glaciers, and is an important contributor to historical and future sea level rise, making assessment and monitoring crucial for understanding sensitivity to climate change.

Dr Lucy Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Lucy completed her studies in geography at Durham University (BSc Hons), University of Otago in New Zealand (MSc) and University of Exeter (PhD). She was employed at the universities of Exeter, Dundee and Hull, as well as the British Antarctic Survey, before joining the University of Gloucestershire in 2014. She lectures on physical geography, specialising in fluvial systems and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

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Mark’s latest work explores the complex and hidden world of how older people donate to religious organisations. Mark identifies that clergy are perhaps the only professional group that has ‘Shipman-like’ access to older people, and raises the need for external scrutiny of clergy who inherit money and property from their congregation.

Dr Mark Redmond

Senior Lecturer in Social Care

Mark’s career has focused on working with vulnerable and older people, split equally between time spent in practice and in the higher education sector. He has owned and run a number of social care businesses, and has also worked in consultancy roles, closing down failing services and managing organisational reconfiguration.

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In Hassan’s latest project, a collaboration with Imperial College London and funded by Innovate UK, he examines how, from a physiological signal, a sequence of strong random numbers can be extracted to use later as the cryptographic key for secure communication between implants inside the body and its external gateway.

Dr Hassan Chizari

Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security

Hassan’s research has been published in more than 40 peer-reviewed articles, and he’s worked on more than 20 funded research projects. His research interests are mostly on graph theory, randomisation and encryption in very small-scale computing applications, such as wireless sensor networks, body area sensor networks, and the ​internet of things.

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Dr Richard Warr

Lecturer in Marketing

Richard’s research interests focus on music consumption behaviours, and the ways in which music consumption and live music attendance can be used by consumers in the construction of their self and social identities. His work also focuses on music consumption in relation to the influence of online social networking, which he is investigating through qualitative research methodology associated with webnography, as well as quantitative methods including structural equation modelling. His other areas of research interest include tribal behaviours, online communities, consumer culture theory, socialisation behaviours, and the concept of the extended self in both physical and digital environments.

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The fundamental premise at the heart of his research is to use sport as a way of explaining the major issues impacting society. In January 2018 he published a journal article on the use of clickbait by major sports news outlets on Twitter. He has delivered conference papers on football protest, nationalism in football punditry, and the impact of gambling sponsorship on football. His first book, Protest Campaigns, Media and Political Opportunities was published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2016.

Dr Jonathan Cable​

Lecturer in Sports Journalism

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and his research interests lie in football culture, protest, sport media and journalism. Jonathan also sits on the editorial board of the Football Collective, whose aim is to bring critical debate to football. Previously he has been a part of an ESRC-funded media analysis post-Edward Snowden, which exposed government mass-surveillance.

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Angela’s latest research piece, The Hill, is a poetic psychogeography of Leckhampton Hill, which she has walked for 50 years, blending her own experience with its layered history. Angela has developed the book into a multimedia show, using photographs, film and a voice actor framed by her own reading of the poems.

Dr Angela France

Academic Course Leader: Creative and Critical Writing

Angela has an MA and a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire; she has had poems published in many of the leading journals and has been anthologised a number of times. Her publications include Occupation, Lessons in Mallemaroking, Hide and The Hill.

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Julia’s research currently utilises notions of political ecologies as a means of interpreting and criticising the messages and effectiveness of art, photography and environmental messaging. Julia’s practice is informed by ideas of ecology that value the non-human and the non-living with a view to deepening an understanding of human/nature relationships.​​

Dr Julia Peck

Academic Subject Lead: Photography

Julia is a photographer and writer, exploring the ​political effects of representing landscape, place and environment. Julia started her career as a landscape photographer, exhibiting and publishing disorie​ntating images, before moving on to a more overtly political practice. Julia’s passions include nature and the links between social justice and the natural world.

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