University of Hertfordshire

Dr Claire Jenkin


Claire is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Development at University of Hertfordshire. Prior to this, she was a Sport Management Lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne. 

She completed a PhD at Victoria University in Australia, in partnership with Sport Australia, examining why older adults may or may not participate in sport. Post PhD research projects have included leading an evaluation of a walking basketball programme for older adults, for Basketball Victoria in Australia, undertaking an evaluation of the award winning SfD Fit, Fed and Read programme in Hertfordshire for the Herts Sports Partnership and being part of the ESRC funded 'Understanding and informing the benefits of sport and physical activity-based programmes for older women in the UK and Japan' project. She was also on the advisory board for the British Council Wales 'Wales and the Soft Power of Sport' sports diplomacy project and is part of the academic working group for the Wallace Group. The Wallace Group are a collective of UK universities who support the development of sport in Zambia.

Her research interests include sport for social change, international sport for development and sports diplomacy. Current research includes leading a sport diplomacy project entitled 'Sport Diplomacy across the Commonwealth: UK and Australia'; and a project exploring how and why participants are recruited into SfD programmes. 

Prior to entering academia, Claire was a Sports Development Manager in London and also worked on sport for development projects in Zambia. 

Claire is a current committee member of the UK Sport Development Network (UKSDN), and is on two journals editorial boards: Frontiers of Sports Management and Marketing; and Managing Sport and Leisure. She is a former board member of the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ), and the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership (VAAP). She has also been an external reviewer for a UK based undergraduate programme validation and was recently invited to provide oral evidence for the DCMS Select Committee on the value of community sport.


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