Staff Profile


Dr Laura Gubby

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 922009

Profile summary

Since 2016, I have been teaching on the Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science degree, and the Physical Education and Physical Activity BA degree top-up.  I am also a supervisor on the Masters by Research in Education course.  Prior to this, I taught on the Sport and Exercise Science programme for six years, and was also a Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Winchester before that.

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.

I have been part of the supervisory team for numerous successful Masters students; as First Supervisor, Second Supervisor and Chair of Studies. I have also collaborated with a number of undergraduate students in the publication of work associated with their dissertations.

Previously, I have been involved in a number of national research projects related to physical activity, and also an international research project related to assessment and feedback in higher education.

Teaching and subject expertise

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

I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an internal examiner for Masters programmes within the university, as well as the External Examiner for an undergraduate degree programme at another university. I have been asked to deliver guest lectures about gender and sport and qualitative data analysis at other universities.

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. & Hornsey, R. (2019) ‘Fat Bodies’: Where do they Stand?' Paper presented at CCCU Annual Learning and Teaching Conference and Scholarship Day. Canterbury Christ Church University

Gubby, L. (2018) 'Does Korfball have the Potential to Resist Current Gender Discourses in PE? Perspectives of Junior Korfball Players'. Paper presented at AIESEP (International Association of Colleges of Physical Education) WORLD CONGRESS. University of Edinburgh.

Gubby, L. (2018) 'Resisting Dominant Gender Discourses in Physical Education'. Paper presented at CCCU Scholarship Day: Critical Pedagogies. Canterbury Christ Church University.

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. (2021) 'The importance of an organic process in ethnographic research: working with children in a physical activity setting' Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy.

Hornsey, R. & Gubby, L. (2020) 'Learning about Bodies and the Lived Consequences' Journal of Sociology. 57(4): 935 –949

Gubby, L. (2019) 'Can korfball facilitate mixed-PE in the UK? the perspectives of junior korfball players' Sport, Education and Society. 24(9): 994-1005

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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