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Dr Emily Ryall

Reader in Applied Philosophy

I love thinking deeply about issues related to sport, games and play. There are so many interesting philosophical questions about the nature and value of these activities as part of a good life. Chevron icon


As a philosopher by training, I teach across a range of sports courses and on a range of issues, from sports ethics, to the philosophy of science, to critical thinking and the logic of arguments.

I enjoy wrestling with the deep and difficult questions about sport. What is good sport? What do we want it to look like? How do we ensure it is fair and competitive? What part does it play in a good life?


  • PhD: Moral Philosophy, De Montfort University, 2005
  • MA: Social Philosophy, UEA, 1999
  • PGCE: Physical Education, UWIC, 2002
  • BA (Hons): Philosophy and Linguistics, UEA, 1998

Teaching & Research


Emily is currently leading a European project on ethics and sports governance with four other European partners. She is working with the world-leading sports dispute resolution service, Sports Resolutions, to develop a compendium of case studies in sports law that will highlight ethical issues and provide a resource for sports practice and governance.


More publications from Dr Emily Ryall can be found in the Research Repository.