Jessica Louise Macbeth

Dr. Jessica Louise Macbeth

Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR135

+44 (0) 1772 89 4922

Jess joined the University as a Research Fellow in 2004 and became a Lecturer in 2006. Prior to joining UCLan she gained a BA(Hons) in Economics with Sports Studies at Stirling University, where she remained to complete her PhD.

Jess is research active within the area of sport and exercise science and is a member of the International Football Institute.

Full Profile

Jessica joined UCLan in March 2004 working as a Research Fellow in the International Football Institute. Jess was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Sports Studies from Stirling University in 2004 for her thesis entitled ‘Women’s Football in Scotland: An Interpretive Analysis’ and she has developed a number of publications from this research study. She also worked in the Department of Sports Studies as a Teaching Assistant and as a Research Assistant in the Institute for Sports Research (Stirling University) on contract research projects for Sport England, Sport Scotland and the Scottish Sports Association.

Jessica had an article published in The Conversation in July 2017 about how the current classification of sports can present a range of problems for visually impaired athletes.  The article is entitled ‘Will there ever be a level playing field in visually impaired sport?’

  • BA(Hons) Economics with Sports Studies (First Class), Stirling University, 2000.
  • PhD in Sports Studies, Stirling University, 2004.
  • PG Certificate in Research Student Supervision, UCLAN, 2009.

  • Jess is a member of the Leisure Studies Association.


Maher, Anthony and Macbeth, Jessica Louise (2013) Physical education, resources and training: The perspective of special educational needs coordinators working in secondary schools in North-West England. European Physical Education Review, N/A . N/A. ISSN 1356-336X

Macbeth, J. (2010) “Reflecting on disability research in sport and leisure settings”, Leisure Studies, Volume 29, Number 4, pp.477-485.

Macbeth, Jessica Louise (2009) Restrictions of activity in partially sighted football: experiences of grassroots players. Leisure Studies, 28 (4). pp. 455-467. ISSN 0261-4367

Macbeth, Jessica Louise (2008) Attitudes towards women's football in Scottish society. Scottish Affairs, Spring (63). pp. 89-119. ISSN –

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Jess’s main research interests focus on sports subcultures, socialisation into sport, and various aspects of women’s football, disability football and sport and charity.

Current research project - Participation in Charitable Sport / Physical Activity Events - The research aims to gain an in-depth understanding of individual reasons for participating in charitable sport / physical activity events. The overall purpose will be to develop a typology of participants at such events.

2006 - Research on player experiences in the British Blind Sport Visually Impaired Football League. The research focussed on how players became aware of, and involved in,

opportunities to participate in football for the blind and partially sighted. The research also investigated equality issues within partially sighted football in England.

2004 - Research project on the experiences of the Partially Sighted England Squad at the Partially Sighted World Championships (PSWC) 2004, focussing specifically on player career paths. During this project Jess was a member of the PSWC Local Organising Committee and appointed England Team Co-ordinator for the tournament.

2003-2004 - Research Assistant on the ‘Value of Sport Monitor’ consultancy project for Sport England

(for Institute for Sports Research, University of Stirling)

2003-2004 - Research Associate on the ‘Increasing Girls’ Demand for Sport and Physical Activity’ consultancy

project for sportscotland (for Institute for Sports Research, University of Stirling and with Youth Sport Trust, Loughborough University)

2003 - Consultancy research project for Scottish Sports Association on ‘Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport – A Manifesto for Scottish Sport’

2001 - Research Assistant on the ‘Scottish Sports Festival’ project for Stevens and Associates


2008-09 - Reviewer for International Review for the Sociology of Sport and Sport in Society journals

2006 - Reviewer for Leisure Studies

2006 - Reviewer for Sport in Society

2004-05 - Member of Partially Sighted World Championships Local Organising Committee Steering Group

2004-05 - Partially Sighted England Team-Coordinator for Tri-Nations, World Championships and Quad Nations (Manchester Football Association)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Jess teaches in the social, cultural, historical and political aspects of sport, and research methods. She is module leader for TL2060 Sports Issues and Ethics, TL3069 Sport and Politics and TL3131 Sociological Issues in Disability Sport. Jess also contributes to teaching on TL3129 Sport and Identity, TL4110 Research Methods and TL4111 Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Sport. She supervises both undergraduate dissertations and projects and masters dissertations. Jess is also one of several Research Degree Tutors in SSTO and is involved as Director of Studies and Second Supervisor on a number of PhD supervisory teams. She is also represents the school on a research degree sub-committee.