Carly Stewart

Dr Carly Stewart

  • Deputy Dean
  • Poole House P306, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Carly is an Associate Professor and Interim Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Science and Technology, having previously led two separate departments in the Business School (Department for People and Organisations and Department of Sport and Event Management). She holds a PhD in Sport and Health Science, awarded by the University of Exeter in 2007.

Carly's research interests are interdisciplinary and evolving, drawing together sociology and psychology in order to understand the narrative construction of identities, selves and embodiment in a variety of contexts including sport and health, management and the workplace, coaching and behaviour change. She has a keen interest in auto/biographical research methods.

Carly has published works on violence, gender and coaching in women’s gymnastics culture, co-authoring the Routledge book 'Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. She has also led community-based projects in understanding transgender people's experiences of swimming and NEET young people's skill development and transition to work in deprived coastal areas...



Carly currently leads the European-funded Interreg 2Seas project Speed-You-Up on the personal development of at-risk NEET young people across England, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It seeks to improve employment and social outcomes for over 800 at-risk young people in coastal communities via entrepreneurship. Carly evaluates the project’s impact on young people and their communities and leads the feasibility study. She is a thought leader for coaching and its theoretical underpinnings as an approach to working with young people, having developed and delivered coaching CPD as part of SPEED-You-UP.

Carly has developed a stakeholder network with businesses, local policymakers, welfare organisations, and schools to embed and sustain the project in new coastal regions and create sustainable communities. SPEED-You-UP helps young people to live better and is a catalyst for growth, boosting skills and advancing the region.

Carly also co-leads a National Institute of Health and Medical Research and NHS Arc Wessex-funded studentship to encourage behaviour change in women with pelvic floor dysfunction towards pelvic floor exercises. Carly is a thought leader on the project in understanding women's embodied lives in a cultural context where pelvic floor dysfunction is particularly taboo, and the silent struggles and management of bodies in private are common. Working with the Squeezy app, we develop digital nudges to effect pelvic floor exercise adherence and management, ultimately helping women live better...



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Decent work and economic growth

"Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all"

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Sustainable cities and communities

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

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Journal Articles


  • Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. and Kerr, G., 2020. Women's artistic gymnastics: Socio-cultural perspectives.


  • Barker-Ruchti, N., Schubring, A. and Stewart, C., 2020. 5 Gendered violence in women's artistic gymnastics: A sociological analysis. Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare. 57-68.
  • Barker-Ruchti, N., Schubring, A. and Stewart, C., 2020. Gendered violence in women’s artistic gymnastics: a sociological analysis. In: Lang, M., ed. Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare. Routledge.
  • Stewart, C. and Carbinatto, M., 2020. Living with stories of gymnastics in higher education. Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. 69-80.
  • Lord, R. and Stewart, C., 2020. Trampoline gymnasts' body narratives of the leotard: A seamless fit? Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. 99-115.
  • Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. and Kerr, G., 2020. Conclusion. Women's Artistic Gymnastics: Socio-cultural Perspectives. 231-234.
  • Pope, J., 2020. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. In: Kerr, R., Barker-Ruchti, N., Stewart, C. and Kerr, G., eds. Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Abingdon: Routledge, 1-246.
  • Stewart, C., 2017. Utilizing sporting autobiographies for feminist research: The case of cyclist nicole cooke. The Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. 293-311.
  • Stewart, C., Jones, R.L. and Kingston, K., 2011. Negotiating Expectations in Football's Complex Social Culture. In: Gilbourne, D. and Anderson, M.B., eds. Critical Essays in Applied Sport Psychology. Human Kinetics.
  • Stewart, C., Lord, R. and Wiltshite, G., 2010. Ease of Movement and Freedom of Corporeal Expression? Femininity, the body and leotards in Trampoline Gymnastics. Leisure Identities and Authenticity: LSA Publication No 110. Leisure Studies Association.


  • Harper, R., Sheppard, S., Stewart, C. and Clark, C., 2023. Exploring adherence to pelvic floor muscle training in women using mobile apps: a systematic review. In: the CSP Annual Conference 2023 26 October 2023 Cardiff.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Gary Evans, (In progress)
  • Rosie Harper, (In progress)
  • Rhiannon Lord, (Completed)
  • Mara Mata. Cultural competency in sport coaching: An interactionist aprpoach
  • Samar Shahid. Teachers' perceptions of mental health and movement and how they impact upon a whole-school primary education mental health and movement intervention


  • Clinical PhD Studentship: Nudging Post-Partum Adherence to Exercise (National Institute of Health and Medical Research with NHS ARC Wessex, 26 Apr 2021). In Progress
  • Safe Swim: Supporting Physical Activity and Wellbeing for Transgender People (British Academy, 01 Dec 2020). Completed
  • SPEED-You-UP: Students and NEET young people, Professionals and Educators work on Employability and Entrepreneurial skills in the battle against school Dropout and Youth UnemPloyment. (European Commission Intereg 2Seas, 02 Nov 2020). Completed
  • PhD Studentship Stormbreak: Children's Mental Health and Movement (Osteotech Head Coach, 03 Sep 2018). In Progress

External Responsibilities

Conference Presentations

  • Work, Employment and Society, Community and the socio-spatial context in a social entrepreneurship programme for NEET young people in deprived coastal regions in the UK and Europe, 13 Sep 2023, Glasgow, UK
  • The 14th annual conference of the Transnational Working Group for the Study of Gender and Sport, Theorising gender and violence in women’s artistic gymnastics: A critical interpretative synthesis, 16 Nov 2022, Nord University, Bodo, Norway


  • Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching (Henley Business School, 2021)
  • PGCE in Teaching in Higher Education (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, 2011)
  • PhD in Sport and Health Science (University of Exeter, 2007)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science (University of Exeter, 2001)


  • Association for Coaching, Member (2021-),
  • British Sociological Association, Member,
  • The Henley Centre for Coaching, Member,