Dr Damian Haslett

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr Damian Haslett is a post-doctoral research associate on the Para Sport Against Stigma project.

Damian's research focuses on disability, sport and social activism. It combines thinking from psychology, sociology and critical disability studies. One example of this focus is his research on Para athletes as 'activists' that has been published in several edited books and academic journals including Psychology of Sport & Exercise, Sociology of Sport Journal and The Routledge Handbook of Disability Activism.

He is currently working on the Para Sport Against Stigma project partnering with the International Paralympic Committee and the University of Malawi, with funding from FCDO via the Global Disability Innovation Hub.

Academic background

Damian has an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology and BSc (Hons) Psychology. He completed is PhD under the supervision of Professor Brett Smith in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University, UK. Before joining Loughborough University London, Damian worked as a Teaching Fellow in Durham University, lecturing in sport sociology, sport psychology, research methods and disability studies.

He has presented research at many international conferences and has peer-reviewed numerous manuscripts for high quality journals.

Damian was the 2017 British Psychology Society MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology Award winner.

Current research and collaborations

Post-doctoral Research Associate on the Para Sport Against Stigma project.

Areas of research expertise

• Disability sport (participation, performance, disability sport management, disability sport psychology).
• Sport and social activism (athlete activism/advocacy, social movements/missions/initiatives though sport and exercise contexts).
• Paralympic sport and issues of inclusion, disability stigma, disability activism, media representation, social change narratives, broadcast audiences, social media, campaigns or Covid-19.
• Para sport in Africa.
• Social inequalities in sport and exercise contexts.
• Critical psychology and critical disability studies.
• Qualitative research methods.

Interests and activities

Full member of the International Society on Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise.

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