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Catherine Phipps

Dr Catherine Phipps BA, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 6107 ext. 6107 Room no. RM213


Catherine completed her PhD at the University of Greenwich in 2019, with her research exploring homophobia and LGBT+ inclusion in university-based sport.

She is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Physical Education (Top-Up) degree, alongside teaching on BA (Hons) Physical Education and BA (Hons) Sport Coaching and Sport Development.  

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Catherine has coaching experience in a number of sports, including Taekwondo, gymnastics and athletics. She holds a range of coaching qualifications.
  2. Teaching experience

    While completing her PhD, Catherine was a professor at Syracuse University London and Foundation for International Education, teaching US students studying abroad in London. She was also a visiting lecturer at York St John University. Prior to joining Solent University in 2018, Catherine was a senior lecturer in sport at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.
  3. Research interests

    Catherine’s research interests lie in the areas of combat sports and issues surrounding gender/sexuality.
  4. Recent publications

    Catherine has contributed to a number of publications; follow the link below for a list.

    Phipps, C. (2019) Thinking beyond the binary: Barriers to trans* participation in university sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, DOI: 10.1177/1012690219889621.

    Phipps, C. (2020) ‘We already do enough around equality and diversity’: Action taken by student union officers to promote LGBT+ inclusion in university sport. Sociology of Sport Journal, DOI:

    Moghadam, S., Phipps, C., Thelwell, R., & Weston. N. (2020) Navigating the rocky road: Elite female boxers’ perceptions of their boxing journey. Martial Arts Studies, 9, 71-85. DOI: org/10.18573/mas.100

    Phipps, C. (2019) ‘They were constantly harassing us and a lot of it was to do with our sexuality’: Masculinities, heteronormativity and homophobia in university-based sport. In: R. Magrath, J. Cleland & E. Anderson (Eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Masculinity in Sport (in press).

    Phipps, C., Khomutova, A., & Channon, A.C. (2019) Coaching female combat athletes: Creating positive environments for women and girls. In: J. Wallace & J. Lambert (Eds.) Sport Coaching with Diverse Populations: Theory and Practice (in press).

    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). Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

  5. Work in progress

    Catherine is currently publishing in the area of transgender inclusion in sport.
  6. Awards

    Catherine has been awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2019), the Norbert Elias Prize (2013), and the Ron and Betty Smith Sport Research Prize (2012).