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- gevans at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
- Senior Lecturer In Sports Management
- Dorset House D215, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am reading for a PhD that is a narrative inquiry into lifestyle-based secondary preventions for those living with cancer in Dorset. Its primary theoretical influence is Medical Sociology (Cockerham, 2021) and the role of charities in providing interventions for cancer patients. The part of charities is invaluable to inform my PhD research thinking because of the complexities of bringing about behavioural change for a healthier lifestyle in patients. How and why charities provide their space to access interventions has become my PhD research focus, plus to what extent patients' relationships with physical activity change because of their cancer diagnosis. Since starting my PhD, I have developed strong relationships with Cancer Lifeline Southwest and SHINE to help inform my research. My supervisors are Dr Carly Stewart, Head of the Department for People & Organisations, and Dr Joanne Thurston, Associate Dean for Student Experience and Academic Lead for Student Engagement of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences... I was delighted to pass my Probationary Period Review in February 2022 and am preparing for my Major Review in July 2023.more
I am an emerging thought leader in Community Operational Research (Community OR) and Medical Sociology (Cockerham, 2021) because I have been undertaking qualitative research into physical activity, health, and well-being interventions for inactive people since 2004.
While employed at the University of Southampton, I was a Co-investigator of a £20k project that evaluated the Citywide GP Referral Schemes in Southampton, one of the first UK strategic collaborations between the local NHS and Leisure Services. I appealed to the team because I had been a manager of a sports facility that was one of the first in the southwest to be accredited to deliver the GP Referral Scheme, so I had the operational background in providing such programmes to rehabilitating patients. Here, though, we proved how reasonably successful the Phase 1, 2 and 3 Schemes were at helping those inactive or recovering from a long-term illness. Patients with a long-term disease took my attention, and how operators deployed physical activity, health, and well-being interventions to try and rehabilitate patients and achieve lifestyle change. It struck me then that patient need is more complex and needs a deeper qualitative inquiry, especially for those living with cancer.
Shortly after joining Bournemouth University, I successfully applied for £8.5k of Fusion funding [NFNA32.X]. As Principal Investigator, I investigated the effectiveness of physical activity, health, and well-being interventions for those living with cancer in southwest England... The study engaged a variety of healthcare professionals, policy people, deliverers and patients and highlighted the fragmented state of cancer support services in southwest England. Also, the need for charities to support those rehabilitating following their cancer diagnosis to achieve well-being and a new quality of life. Further, the participants co-created new models to improve the situation in response to the results that continue to influence my PhD research thinking—our paper Evans, G. Hamerston, L. Cherrett, L. M. and Sadd, D. 2018. ‘The use of Systems Thinking, Systems Practice, to elicit the effectiveness of cancer support services in the southwest of England’, International Journal of Systems and Society, Vol.5, (2), pp.13-31, reports the study’s main findings.
Some of the Fusion findings Active Dorset, the lead organisation for Sports and Physical Activity across the County, included in a bid to Sport England to deliver an Active Ageing project here in Dorset for those 55-65 years of age who were considered inactive. They were successful [SE2017007073], and BU awarded the £75k Contract to run from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2021 to evaluate the system changes triggered by the project and evaluate patients’ behavioural changes. The University split the Contract 50:50 between the Department of Sports & Events Management (DSEM) and the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences (FH&SS), with DSEM leading the system changes and FH&SS leading patients’ behavioural changes. I am the Contract Manager and Co-investigator for the DSEM’s share of the project, and to date, I am the lead for all interviews. I have conducted sixty interviews, including the Contract extension, with healthcare professionals, policy people, local government officers, deliverers, and people from charities to ascertain how well they are embedding physical activity into their pathways. We believe the impact of the evaluation research could well influence the future direction of Sport England’s policy and strategy for sports and physical activity. The DSEM team have yet to decide where to publish their evaluation findings.
Thus, my research directly contributes to BU’s FUSION priorities Community and Engagement and SDG3: Good Health and Well-being (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages).more
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"
"Reduce inequality within and among countries"
- Sadd, D. and Evans, G., 2022. The development of a new framework for assessing major events informed by systems thinking. Systemist, 43 (1).
- Evans, G. and Sadd, D., 2022. Critical Systems Thinking: A post-hoc analysis of a Community OR healthcare project. Systemist, 42 (2).
- Evans, G., Hamerston, L., Cherrett, L.M. and Sadd, D., 2018. The Use of Systems Thinking, Systems Practice, to Elicit the Effectiveness of Cancer Support Services in the Southwest of England. International Journal of Systems and Society, 5 (2), 13-29.
Profile of Teaching PG
- I was the Unit Leader for Business Strategy & Finance. This Unit taught students how to understand the foundations of strategic analysis, choice and implementation strategies that usually tie into an organisation’s business decisions (Private, Public and Third Sector). It included a study of Corporate Finance in terms of an organisation’s sources of finance, reporting and the interpretation of financial data that is fundamental to the broader understanding of the dynamics of the tourism, hospitality, leisure, and sports sectors. Further information on the Unit's results is avaliable on request at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I was Unit Leader for Facility Planning & Design. The Unit helped students to understand the critical components of the design of sports and recreation facilities. The Unit enabled students to understand the layout of associated and support facilities and services and the unique facility design and technical operations. The Unit also allowed students to understand building services, engineering economics and the nature of the triangular relationship between the client, contractor, and operator. Further information on the Unit's results is available on request at email@example.com
- I am the Unit Leader for Managing Operations, People & Leadership. The Unit provides the grounding to understand the concepts, theories, and frameworks crucial to effective operations management in sports organisations. First, understand the distinct types of sports operations available to deliver sports opportunities to society and critically analyse how best to manage and plan operational resources necessary to provide efficient sports opportunities. Second, to apply operations management metrics for business performance analysis and methods to stimulate continuous improvement. Third, to develop a conceptual and systematic understanding of the complexities of human resources management and create a critical awareness of the role of followership and the essential issues related to the development of leadership theory in sports organisations. Further information on the Unit's results is available on request at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I am an MSc dissertation supervisor. The MSc dissertation sets out to develop students' analytical, investigative, and problem-solving abilities and foster the development of a critical attitude to research methodology, analysis, and interpretation of data. It also develops students' understanding of ethical issues associated with research. We advise there are several past dissertations in Sport Management for students to have a look at in the dissertation archive in the BUBS tab on Brightspace. We highly recommend students look at some of these as soon as possible to guide their initial thinking about topics. My successful performances supervising PG dissertations are availabe at email@example.com
Profile of Teaching UG
- I was Unit Leader for Sport & the Law. The Unit enabled students to explore and analyse the concept of Sport in a legal context. The Unit allowed students to explore how the Law can affect how sports organisations and sporting events devise, run, and manage their opportunities. The Unit enabled students to analyse key elements of the English Legal System and the influence of European and International Law in a sports context. The Unit also allowed students to critically examine the importance and impact of the Law on sports and sporting events. Further information on the Unit’s results is available by request at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I was the Unit Leader for Personal & Professional Development in Sports. The Unit aimed to help students understand the relationships between personnel and human resource management in the management of people in sports organisations. The Unit enabled students to understand the range of personnel and human resources practices and techniques to manage people in sports organisations effectively. The Unit also allowed students to understand the legal frameworks governing people management in sports organisations. Further information on the Unit's results is available on request at email@example.com
- I am a BSc dissertation supervisor. The dissertation sets out to develop students' analytical, investigative, and problem-solving abilities and foster the development of a critical attitude to research methodology, analysis, and interpretation of data and the ethical issues associated with research. We advise students that there are several past dissertations in the subject area available for them to look at in the dissertation archive on Brightspace (see the BUBS area and click on Dissertation Archive). My successful performances supervising UG dissertations are available at firstname.lastname@example.org
- I am the Unit Leader for Sports Structures & Processes. The Unit gives students a contextual understanding of the sport and physical activity structures and processes. The Unit analyses the structure and systems of sports and physical activity governance and the operational functions of national sports and physical activity organisations. In addition, the Unit assesses and evaluates quantitative data on sports and physical activity participation rates and qualitative data on why people engage in sports and physical activity opportunities. Students will then be able to recognise the complexities of providing sports and physical activity opportunities in various contexts. Further information on the Unit’s results is available on request at email@example.com
- I am Co-deliverer for the Unit Beginning Research in Sports & Exercise. The Unit aims to introduce students to the underlying concepts, principles, and skills of social and scientific research enquiry and the role of research more widely in a variety of sport and exercise-related contexts. It also introduces students to quantitative and qualitative research approaches, their associated characteristics, assumptions, and basic skills, so that they may evaluate and interpret the value of different approaches to researching a range of sport and exercise research contexts.
Cancer Support Services in southwest England, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), China, 06 Jun 2018 more
I was invited to present at the 2018 International Forum on Sports Economy and Regional Cooperation, the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Chengdu, China, Tuesday 5th June 2018, after a referral by the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, China. The focus of my presentation was the 16-month Fusion funded cancer support services project [NFNA.32X]. I was the Principal Investigator that led the inquiry into the effectiveness of the physical activity, health and well-being interventions for those living with cancer in the Southwest of England. I believed its key findings were relevant to the stream Economic Cooperation and Community of Shared Future of Mankind. The first finding of interest is that to deliver physical activity, health and well-being interventions is not a single agency responsibility, rather a multi-agency responsibility. Its implication being, the agencies who were involved in long-term health conditions needed to be joined-up to be able to effectively refer patients to the physical activity, health and well-being pathway. The second key finding was, the need to perceive the delivery of the physical activity, health and well-being pathway as a delivery system. That there is strategic leadership for each delivery system in a conurbation of interest. The third finding was that patients need to have their interventions designed for them, as this usually results in their long-term adherence to their preferred intervention. The fourth key finding was the requirement for training and development for all those engaged in delivering and referring patients to the pathway, especially healthcare professionals who are not experts in the path. Lastly, create the evidence base to support the need for the interventions, rather than just the numbers of patients who participate in the responses. An essential element here is the patients' story, the patient’s narrative.
Systems Approach to Guide Cancer Services Research, SWUFE, Chengdu, China, 06 Jun 2018 more
Following the successful cancer support services presentation at the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) invited me to present my research to staff and students of the School of Sport Science and Physical Education. However, the focus was much more on the Systems Thinking, Systems Practice (STSP) (Stowell et al. 2012) approach I employed to guide the research. The staff at SWUFE was unaware of such STSP (op cit) methodologies. The lecture commenced by giving an overview of STSP (op cit) and each of the paradigms of practical thought and which methodologies could inquire each paradigm of practical thought for a given context, as argued by Flood et al. (1991). I then gave an overview of Castle’s (1998b) CVAM and why it was suited to the opportunity context. It proved an awkward part of the presentation because CVAM (op cit) can guide inquiry into each paradigm of practical thought almost simultaneously. The staff found this confusing and questioned whether it was a contradiction. I spent a lot of time addressing their questions and relating my responses to the CVAM Process Framework (Castle, 1998b) to explain how it guides an inquiry. The lecture then progressed to introducing the CVAM (Castle, 1998b) sub-methodologies such as STAR and MRAM, and how conceptual models were built from the data by the system's actors. I stressed one reason for the success of the inquiry into cancer support services was because of the purposively selected system's actors. How the sub-methodologies engaged the system's actors resulted in conceptualisations of the Delivery Chain and Hub of Practice models (Evans et al. 2018) for physical activity, health and well-being for those living with cancer in the area of interest. There is no doubt the lecture resonated with the staff. I have since been asked to deliver a seminar to cover in more detail the different STSP (Stowell et al. 2012) approaches during my next visit.
Managing People in Sport, SWUFE, Chengdu, China, 17 Apr 2018 more
The requested lecture opportunity came about because of the MoU between BU and the School of Sport Science and Physical Education, Southwestern University for Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, China. Under the MoU, SWUFE requested the delivery of a Sport Management short course to its Majors students in Sport Management. Of all the topics I could deliver, SWUFE asked for a 30-hour applied short course focusing on Managing People in Sport. Managing People in Sport is a fusion of personnel management, organisational behaviour and employability skills, and delivered as a mix of lectures and practical seminar sessions. Two of my lectures were also guest lecture spots and opened up to the Faculty, and those lectures were: organisational conflict in sport and organisational culture in sport. In preparation for delivering the short course at SWUFE, my teaching and learning resources were emailed ahead of the short course to allow the translation of some materials into Chinese, and my roleplay assessment documents. So, the tasks for the Majors students were to translate my PowerPoint slides and assist in coordinating sessions such as setting-up the teaching space and preparing for the syndicate team activities. In terms of the latter, I was very keen to get the Majors students doing activities, to engage their thought processes, and for them to compare their outputs with their classmates. Of all the teaching, learning and assessment theories that probably underpin my teaching methodology, I found Goleman’s (2006) Social Intelligence theory to be particularly useful. Teaching in a foreign country such as China, I feel it is the supreme test of one’s teaching ability. It demands the skill to be able to quickly adapt teaching techniques in response to the dynamics of the situation. All in all, though, I was delighted the Majors students rated my teaching as good-to-excellent, and SWUFE followed up with an invitation to return in 2019, to deliver the short course.
The modernisation of the GB sport system, The School of Physical Education, 24 Apr 2017 more
Invited to lecture at the SIAS International University, Xinzheng, Zhengzhou City, Monday 24th April 2017, 1.30 p.m. BU’s International Marketing and Student Recruitment Team arranged the visit to Jo Jo to see if we could progress a Partnership Development Proposal (PDP) between BU and SIAS. SIAS agreed and suggested it would be an excellent opportunity for a guest lecture slot. The approved title was: The modernisation of the GB sport system. Much of the content for the lecture was from the SWUFE organisational change presentation, with new slides to address: the history of GB sport up to 1997, the political imperatives of the then socialist government, why a root and branch reform of GB sport was necessary, and the intended outcomes of the changes. A number of the conflict theory slides were included too because much of the root and branch reforms challenged the history and traditions of many sports organisations and their mode of operation. The centrepiece though were the strategic examples, the models, especially the Multi-sport Hub (SE, 2004), the Delivery System (SE, 2005) and Sporting Future for All (HMG, 2015). The dissection of each model was in an attempt to explain how organisations operationalise the models and show how linked to the elite sport system managed by UK Sport. Links to the Whole Sport Plans of the national governing bodies for each sport too which must deliver physical activity, mass participation and the talent pathways to the elite level of competition. In conclusion, the latest sport participation rates were profiled to show what some of the shift had already achieved to date. Questions from the audience were few and limited in their complexity. It was a scary presentation because the large lecture room was up to its gunnels with staff and students, with rows 1 to 3 heaving with the Faculty’s academics. The academics might not have asked that many questions; however, they did take an awful lot of notes.
Paradox of conflict with organisational change., The School of Sport Science & Physical Education., 20 Apr 2017 more
The opportunity to deliver a lecture stemmed from the invitation from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, China. SWUFE requested BU provides two Sport Management lectures. In lecture 1, a process of organisational change in sport, I introduced the fundamental theories of change, such as the drivers and types of change. I then argued the critical role of leaders in preparing an organisation for its transitional state and through unfreezing, movement and refreezing. Why leaders had to sell change too, and how we might conceptualise change by drawing on the prescriptions of change. What followed were the examples from GB sport that illustrated the strategic change sports organisations had evoked, plus what the implications were for the future. The models were the centrepiece of the session and explained as a result of the imposed change to modernise and professionalise GB sport. I concluded by engaging the discourses surrounding change programmes, and resistance to change. Lecture 2, approaches to conflict resolution in sport, this session started by defining what conflict is and some of the causes of conflict in sport organisations. Why it was necessary to understand conflict followed and into the discourses as to whether we perceive conflict to be a good or bad force by engaging in the arguments put forward by De Drue (2008) versus Tjosvold (2008). The centrepiece of this presentation, was the overview of the five approaches to conflict resolution, forcing, avoiding, accommodating, collaborating and compromising, as proposed by Ruble et al. (1976). Of particular interest, the explanation on how to operationalise their matrix based on the assertiveness of the ꭚ axis against cooperativeness of the ꭓ axis. To conclude, interpreting the ꭚ and ꭓ axis allows us to understand what approach might be the response to an organisation’s conflict.
- Active Ageing (Active Dorset, 01 Apr 2018). In Progress
- United Kingdom Systems Society (UKSS), Board member (2019-2020), http://www.ukss.org.uk/; International Journal of Systems and Society
- Academic Lead for China (Sport). To assist IMSR identify opportunities for BU to collaborate with Chinese sport HEIs, and be the academic link between BU and the Chinese HEIs, International Marketing and Student Recruitment (IMSR). http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/international
- Level P Tutor for UG sports programmes. The position supports students while away on their BU placement, and directly supports the PDAs., The Executive of the Department of Sport and Physical Activity. http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/
- MBA in Master of Business Administration (Bristol Business School, University of the West of Egland, 1997)
- Visiting Professor in Sport Management, 1st July 2017 to 1st July 2020. Based on my industry and academic experiences in Sport Management, there is an opportunity for me to deliver short courses in Sport Management. The short course of interest is Managing People in Sport, a 34-hours short course I provide to about 12 Majors in Sport Management each year. I also try and support the School on matters relating to Sport Management research and would like to collaborate research-wise. (School of Sports Science and Physical Education, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), Chengdu, China., 2017)
- Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Fellow (Membership number 6135) (2012-), http://www.cimspa.org.uk/
- Higher Education Academy, Fellow (Recognition reference 31360) (2007-), http://www.hea.org.uk/
- Royal Society for the Arts, Fellow (1997-), http://www.rsa.org.uk/
- The Association of MBAs, Member (Membership number 18944) (1997-), http://www.mba.org.uk/
- United Kingdom Systems Society, Member (Membership number 579) (1997-), http://www.ukss.org.uk/
- Chartered Management Institute, Chartered Fellow (Membership number P451117) (1996-), http://www.managers.org.uk/