Professor Mike Weed

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Strategic leadership of research, knowledge exchange and enterprise
  • Research and enterprise integrity, governance and ethics
  • Postgraduate research degrees framework and programme oversight
  • Research quality enhancement and the Research Excellence Framework
  • Enterprise, innovation and business and community engagement
  • Athena SWAN Charter

Line Management:

  • Research and Enterprise Development Centre
  • The Graduate School

Contact Details


E: Caroline Lewis |
T : 01227 923392

Profile summary

Professor Mike Weed is Professor of Applied Policy Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.  Drawing on a wide range of social science disciplines, including social psychology, sociology, economics, geography and policy science, his work has focussed on informing, improving and interrogating policy in the applied domains of public health, physical activity, physical education, sport, tourism, transport, urban development and major events. 

Work to inform policy through the development of robust evidence bases, funded by, inter alia, the Department of Health, the National Health Service and Kent County Council, has included systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the health benefits of major events, the public health and community benefits of urban ‘live sites’, the economic and tourism flows generated by major events, and the economic, health and sustainable transport impacts of cycling provision.

Research interrogating the policy process and policy efficiency, funded by, inter alia, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Greater London Authority and 4Children, has included analyses of policy systems and policy learning supporting and stemming from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the use of evidence and evidence analysis techniques in the development of physical activity policy, how policy systems of different sizes and complexity work for and against cross-sectoral policy partnerships in sport and tourism, and the factors leading to policy failure to leverage Paralympic sport to improve the lives of disabled people.

Analyses to improve policy through the evaluation of its impacts, funded by, inter alia, the Department of Health, Change4Life, Lloyds Banking Group and the Youth Sport Trust, have included evaluations of physical activity and health interventions for the least active young people and adults in education and the community, including those of Change4Life clubs, TopSkills2Play, Energy clubs, StreetGames and Moving the Goalposts.

Research and knowledge exchange

Professor Weed is Strategic Director of the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport & Tourism (Routledge), Editor of the SAGE Library of Sport & Leisure Management, and sits on the Editorial Boards of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health (Routledge) and Psychology of Sport & Exercise (Elsevier).  His research has been cited in parliament and in Ministerial speeches, and in the REF2021 period to date (2014+), he has authored 10 peer-reviewed journal outputs, 2 books, 7 book chapters and 5 reports to funders.

Publications and research outputs

Illustrative recent outputs:

Weed, M. (2017). Capturing the Essence of Grounded Theory: The Importance of Understanding Commonalities and Variants.  Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 9(1).

Weed, M. (2016). Should we Privilege Sport for Health? The Comparative Effectiveness of UK Government Investment in Sport as a Public Health Intervention. International Journal of Sport Policy & Politics, 8(4).

Weed, M. (2016). Evidence for Physical Activity Guidelines as a Public Health Intervention: Efficacy, Effectiveness and Harm – A Critical Policy Sciences Approach. Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine, 4(1).

Weed, M., Coren, E., Fiore, J., Wellard, I., Chatziefstathiou, D., Mansfield, L. & Dowse, S. (2015). The Olympic Games and Raising Sport Participation: A Systematic Review of Evidence and an Interrogation of Policy for a Demonstration Effect. European Sport Management Quarterly, 15(2).


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