Lucy Sheppard-Marks

Dr Lucy Sheppard-Marks

  • lhsheppardmarks at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer in Sport and Event Management
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Dr Lucy Sheppard-Marks is a Lecturer in Sport and Event Management, and the Programme Leader for BA Event Management. Lucy currently teaches across the sports and event management programmes and specialises in leadership, organisational behaviour and professional development. Lucy previously served as an officer within the Royal Air Force and during her 12 years service specialised in counter intelligence, crime analysis and more latterly training and development. Her research focuses on sport and criminality, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of those athletes who commit crimes.


Dr Sheppard-Marks’ research interests and thought leadership focus on sport criminality. By exploring the experiences of athletes who commit crimes, she believes it is possible to not only improve the treatment of athletes following transgressions, but also to use these insights to educate athletes and players associations to reduce future criminality. Her thesis, and 2020 publication, considered the experiences of elite male athletes who committed criminal offences either during or at the end of their sporting careers. Current research activity continues to develop a number of themes that emerged from her PhD, while also exploring the issue of spot fixing across all sports.

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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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles

Internet Publications


Profile of Teaching UG

  • Sport Management and Leadership
  • Strategy & Leadership

Invited Lectures

  • Reflections on toxic leadership, Bournemouth University, 01 Nov 2023 more
  • Sport & Crime - exploration of athlete experiences, Bournemouth University, 06 Oct 2015 more

Conference Presentations

  • BU Sports and Criminology Symposium, Exploring Athlete Criminality, 30 Sep 2023, Bournemouth University
  • QRSE, Crossing the line: An exploration of the experiences of athletes who commit crimes, 30 Aug 2016, Chichester University
  • British Society of Criminology, Crossing the line: An exploration of the experiences of athletes who commit crimes, 06 Jul 2016, Nottingham


  • PhD in Athlete Criminality (Bournemouth University, 2022)
  • PGCE in Learning and Teaching in HE (Teesside University, 2011)
  • MSc (Dist) in Criminology (Loughborough University, 2008)
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (Loughborough University, 2002)