Professor Mike Weed is Professor of Applied Policy Sciences and Head of the School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University. 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). In the REF2014 period (2008-2013), he authored 18 peer-reviewed journal outputs, 6 books, 11 book chapters and 22 reports to funders.
Publications and research outputs
Illustrative recent outputs:
Weed, M., Bull, C., Brown, M., Dowse, S., Lovell, J., Mansfield, L. & Wellard, I. (2014). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Potential Local Economic Impact of Tourism and Leisure Cycling and the Development of an Evidence-Based Market Segmentation. Tourism Review International, 18(1).
Weed, M., Coren, E., Fiore, J., Wellard, I., Mansfield, L., Chatziefstathiou, D. & Dowse, S. (2012). Developing a Physical Activity Legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: A Policy-Led Systematic Review. Perspectives in Public Health, 132(2), 75-80.
Weed, M. (2010) How will we know if the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics benefit health? British Medical Journal, BMJ 2010; 340:c2202.
Weed, M. (2008). A Potential Method for the Interpretive Synthesis of Qualitative Research: Issues in the Development of ‘Meta-Interpretation’. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 11(1), 13-28.