Ian’s main research interests relate to embodied practices, physical activity, gender and sport. Much of this research has been generated through ethnographic studies, which draw upon qualitative and reflexive approaches to the ways in which embodied identities are constructed and negotiated. He is currently working on two books, both for Routledge. The first is, Whose body is it anyway? - achieving wellbeing though sport and physical activity, which is a critical look at the ‘healthy’ body within the context of sport. The other, Gym Bodies: exploring fitness cultures is being co-written with James Brighton and Amy Clark. His latest book, Researching Embodied Sport: exploring movement cultures was published in 2015 and previous books include Sport, Fun and Enjoyment (2013), Sport, Masculinities and the Body (2009) and Rethinking Gender and Youth Sport (2007), all for Routledge. Ian has continued to publish articles relating to his research in international journals.
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Embodied research project
Ian is conducting an auto-ethnographic research project that explores the embodied experiences of taking part in a period of intensive strength and conditioning training. The intention is to aim towards making qualifying times for the next CrossFit Games in the UK (in his age group). Ian will chart his progress through a journal of his experiences and one aspect of this is an online blog where he will post regular thoughts about his progress.
The blog can be found at: http://www.iansembodiedresearch.blogspot.co.uk/
Wellard, I. (2016) Gendered Performances in Sport: an embodied approach. Palgrave Communications (in press).
Wellard, I. and Secker, M. (2015) ‘Visions’ for children’s health and wellbeing: exploring the complex and arbitrary processes of putting theory into practice. Sport, Education and Society. ISSN 1357-3322.
Gubby, L. and Wellard, I. (2015) Sporting equality and gender neutrality in korfball. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0437. (published online Nov 2015)
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