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Catherine Phipps

Catherine Phipps BA, MSc


School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Room no. RM206a


Currently, Catherine is completing her PhD at the University of Greenwich, which explores LGBTQ+ inclusion in university-based sport. While doing so, she gained experience teaching at Syracuse University London and Foundation for International Education.

Prior to joining Solent University in 2018, Catherine was a senior lecturer in sport at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

Her research interests lie in the areas of combat sports and issues surrounding gender/sexuality. Outside of academia, she competes in boxing and Muay Thai.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Catherine holds a wide variety of sports coaching qualifications, and most recently worked as a boxing/Muay Thai coach in London.
  2. Teaching experience

    Follow the link below to read more about Catherine's teaching experience.

    Between 2013 and 2014, while completing her master’s degree, Catherine worked as a visiting lecturer at York St John University, teaching across the PE, sports coaching and research methods modules. After this, while completing her PhD at the University of Greenwich, she gained experience teaching on the contemporary sport issues and sociology of sport modules. In 2016, she became the course leader for the sociology of sport module at Syracuse University London, as well as an Olympics-related module at Foundation for International Education, where she teaches predominantly North American students who are studying abroad in London. Prior to starting at Solent, Catherine was a senior lecturer in sport at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

  3. Research interests

    Catherine's PhD explores LGBTQ+ inclusion in university-based sport. Her wider research interests are in the areas of gender and combat sports.
  4. Recent publications

    Follow the link for a list of Catherine's recent publications.

    Channon, A., & Phipps, C. (2017) Pink gloves still give black eyes: Exploring ‘alternative’ femininity in women’s combat sports. Martial Arts Studies, 3, 24-37.

    Piedra, J., Ramírez-Macías, G., Ries, R., Rodríguez-Sánchez, A.R., & Phipps, C. (2015) Homophobia and heterosexism: Spanish physical education teachers’ perceptions. Sport in Society, 8(1), 42-55.

    Mierzwinski, M., & Phipps, C. (2015) ‘’I’m not the type of person who does yoga’’: Women, ‘hard’ martial arts and the quest for exciting significance. In: A. Channon & C.R. Matthews [Eds.] Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports. Women Warriors around the World (237-252)

  5. Awards

    Catherine has received a number of awards throughout her career. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Catherine was awarded the Ron and Betty Smith Sport Student Research Prize, and the Physical Education and Sport Coaching Dissertation Prize upon graduating from York St John University in 2012.

    In 2013, she won the Norbert Elias prize at the University of Chester, for the most outstanding dissertation in my cohort.

    At the Gender Issues in Sport Conference (The Open University, 2016) and the Sport and Discrimination Conference (Oxford Brookes University, 2018) she won prizes for the best conference presentations of the day.