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Dr Emma Pullen

  • epullen at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Post Doctoral Research Assistant - Sport & Physical Activity (Social Sciences)
  • Dorset House D152, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Emma’s research interest is in the Sociology of the body, particularly on issues of impairment, health and gender, and qualitative research practices and methodologies. Her PhD thesis and previous research has focused on the experiences of chronic musculoskeletal injury, healthcare utilisation and the neoliberal governance of the body in the promotion of health behaviours. Currently, Emma is working on a two year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council exploring the role of Paralympic sport production on the mediation of disability narratives and perception of impairment.

Emma joined Bournemouth University as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. Prior to this she was a teaching fellow at the University of Bath, having gained her PhD from Loughborough University in 2017.

Journal Articles


  • Malcolm, D. and Pullen, E., 2017. Is exercise medicine?: A critical sociological examination. Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. 49-60.


  • Pullen, E., Hodges, C., Jackson, D., Scullion, R. and Silk, M., 2018. Representing para-bodies: The mediation between production and consumption in Paralympic broadcasting. In: DIFFERENT BODIES: (SELF-)REPRESENTATION, DISABILITY AND THE MEDIA 23 June 2017 University of Westminster.
  • Pullen, E., Jackson, D., Silk, M. and Scullion, R., 2018. Giving disability the ‘Hollywood treatment’: Channel 4 and the broadcasting of the Paralympic Games. In: International Communications Association 22 May-24 June 2018 Prauge.
  • Pullen, E., 2015. The Social and Economic Cost of Sport Injury. In: ISSA World Congress of Sociology of Sport 11-14 May 2015 Paris, France.


  • Pullen, E., 2017. Sport and Exercise Medicine in NHS England: the pathways of sport-related injury patients and social costs. PhD Thesis. Loughborough University: School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Conference Presentations

  • BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference, The pathways of patients utilising one Sport and Exercise Medicine Clinic in NHS England, 07 Sep 2016, Aston University, Birmingham
  • BSA Sport Study Group Forum, Sport Injury and Patient Pathways in NHS England, 02 Sep 2016, York, UK.


  • Higher Education Academy (HEA), Fellow (2014-),
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