Staff Profiles


Dr Laura Gubby

Senior Lecturer in Physical Education

School: Faculty of Education Assistant Dean's Office

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922009

Profile summary

I currently teach on the Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science degree, and the Physical Education and Physical Activity foundation degree and BA top-up.  I am also a supervisor on the Masters by Research in Physical Education and Physical Activity course.  Academic interests include the sociology of physical activity, physical education and sport, particular interests relate to the influence of gender within these fields.

Research and knowledge exchange

In January 2017, I successfully defended my PhD during my viva examination.  My PhD is titled: Can Sport Provide a Space for Gender Equality?: A Qualitative Study of Children who Play Korfball.  It investigates the opportunity for korfball, a sport which arguably promotes gender equality, to provide a space where boys and girls can play sport, without assumed gender differences impacting upon participation or ability.

Teaching and subject expertise

Teaching specialities are within the fields of Research Methods, and Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport.  Expertise is focussed on teaching students to be critical when considering their beliefs, and the influence of society on individual beliefs and social structures.  Sociological theories are often used to explain particular phenomena.

External activities

Radio Talks:

Gubby, L. (2014) ‘The representation of women’s sport in the media’. Talking to presenter Julia George on BBC Radio Kent. 5th February 2014.

Conference Presentations:

Gubby, L. (2013) ‘“Gender? What’s That?”: Working Together and Eliminating Gender Difference in Junior Korfball.’ Paper presented at the 7th meeting of the Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport, Gender in Physical Culture Conference. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Gubby, L. (2013) ‘Shorts and Skorts: Endeavouring to Eliminate Difference on the Korfball Pitch’. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association, Sport Study Group Postgraduate Forum, Canterbury Christ Church University

Gubby, L. (2012) ‘Current discussions on the pressures for, and the potential impacts of, korfball being awarded entry into the sport-gender-media nexus’ Paper presented at the Sport, Gender and Media Conference, University of York

Gubby, L. (2011) ‘The Historical Contextualisation of Korfball’ Paper presented at the BSA Sports Studies Forum, University of Lancashire

Publications and research outputs

Recent Publications Include:

Gubby, L. (2016) ‘Embodied Practices in Korfball’ in I. Wellard (ed.) Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring Movement Cultures. Oxon: Routledge. Pp. 86-100

Gubby, L & Wellard, I. (2016) ‘Sporting Equality and Gender Neutrality in Korfball’ Sport in Society. 19(8-9): 1171-1185

Batten, J., Batey, J., Shafe, L., Gubby, L., & Birch, P. (2013) The Influence of Reputation Information on the Assessment of Undergraduate Student Work. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 38(4): 417-435.

Jessop, T., Gubby, L. & Smith, A. (2012) Space Frontiers for New Pedagogies: A Tale of Constraints and Possibilities. Studies in Higher Education. 37(2): 189-202

Jessop, T., Gubby, L. & McNab, N. (2012) Mind the Gap: An analysis of how quality assurance processes influence programme assessment patterns. Active Learning in Higher Education. 13(2): 143-154


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