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Kevin  Harris

Dr Kevin Harris PhD

Course Leader

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3520 ext. 3520 Room no. RM321

Biography

Kevin is course leader for the BA Hons Sport Coaching and Development degree and teaches across a wide range of subject areas including sport development, public health, monitoring and evaluation and sustainability. He was recently successful in gaining professional accreditation for the course through CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for Management Sport and Physical Activity) which recognises the employability focus of the course in line with national occupational standards.

Within his areas of teaching Kevin has developed the curriculum around experiential and employability fields and has pioneered Solent's Coaching Innovation Programme (CIP) which mobilises student-led coaching for social change projects. These are supported by a strong steering group of sport development and public health practitioners and now constitute a significant volume of the sport development provision that takes place in Southampton. Kevin was awarded the Solent University 2016 Staff Award for Innovation and Creativity regarding his work in the CIP.

Kevin holds a PhD in the area of collaborative approaches to evaluation with practitioners working within Sport for Social Change environments. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Before moving into academia full time, Kevin worked within the leisure industry as a sports practitioner encompassing the voluntary and public sector...

    Before moving to academia full time, Kevin worked within the sport and leisure industry across Southampton and the surrounding areas. These roles consisted of firstly working as a sport development practitioner at Southampton City Council and secondly managing a football foundation sport for social change programme within the area of Southampton. This experience has enabled Kevin to mobilise the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of industry, and challenges students to develop a critical consciousness of the sport and leisure profession. 

  2. Teaching experience

    Click below to read more about Kevin's main teaching interests.

    Kevin has taught at Solent University for the last 10 years across a wide range of courses within the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

    His main teaching interests focus on the following areas:

    • Sport development / sport policy
    • Sport for social change / sport for development
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Realist programme theory development and evaluation
    • Physical activity and public health

    External examining

    • Leeds Trinity University - Sport Development and PE provision (Sep 2014 to present)
    • University of Gloucester - Sport Development and PE provision (Sep 2014 to present)

    External academic review and validation events

    • MARJON University, Dec 2015 External panel member for the validation of the FdA Sport Development and Coaching Foundation Degree and BA Hons Sport Development Degree
    • MARJON University, July 2013 External panel member for academic review of Sport Development provision.
  3. Research interests

    Kevin’s main research interests lie within the area of evidence and realist collaborative approaches to evaluation with practitioners in sport for development and public health. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Kevin’s main research interests lie within the areas of evidence, and realist collaborative approaches to evaluation with practitioners in sport for development and public health. This formed the main focus of his PhD work that involved developing a suitable monitoring and evaluation framework with students and practitioners within the Coaching Innovation Programme at Solent University. Kevin has published with Dr Andrew Adams at Bournemouth University in this subject area. 

    Additional research interests focus around the areas of student employability and volunteering. Kevin is a key member of the research and innovation team at Solent and is involved in a variety of evaluation briefs, working with local authorities and national charities with Professor Steven Henderson. Additionally, Kevin collaborates with academics at other UK and international institutions around evaluation. In particular Kevin was involved with Dr Iain Lindsey from Durham University, in the evaluation of the Saints for Sport programme at Southampton Football Club.

    In terms of external work, Kevin has carried out external examining with Marjon University in their sport development programmes in course validation and programme review. He has also worked with the University of Gloucester and Leeds Trinity University.

  4. Recent publications

    Kevin's recent publications include academic journal articles and conference papers. For more information, follow the link below...
    • Harris, K. (2018) Building sport for development practitioners' capacity for undertaking monitoring and evaluation - reflections on a training programme building capacity in realist evaluation. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 1-20.
    • Adams, A., Harris, K. & Lindsey, I. (2017). Examining the capacity of a sport for development programme to create social capitalSport in society
    • Harris, K and Adams, A (2016) Power and Knowledge in the field of sport for development. Sport Management Review 19 (2), 97-106
    • Adams, A and Harris, K (2014) Making sense of the lack of evidence discourse, power and knowledge in the field of sport for development. International Journal of Public Sector Management. Vol 27, issue 2
    • Harris, K (2012) Evaluating Sport Development Programs – Professionalisation and Praxis. Research overview provided as part of the LSA Research Showcase. Leisure Studies Newsletter 92 July 2012. Pages 48-49
    • Harris, K and Mwaanga, O (2011) Empowerment through Volunteering: Understanding the processes and experiences within a student community of practice. In Aarti Ratna and Brett Lashua (eds),  Community and Inclusion in Leisure Research and Sport Development. LSA Publication 114, Brighton, Leisure Studies Association
    • Harris, K and Mwaanga, O (2010) Empowerment through Volunteering. Leisure Studies Newsletter July 2010
    • Harris, K and Mwaanga, O (2010) The Solent Community of Practice. Engaging students through the broader legacies of the games. HLST Link 26 Newsletter November 2010

    Conferences

    • Building capacity with practitioners to realistically monitor and evaluate physical activity programmes. The American Evaluation Association conference November 2017, Washington DC
    • To what extent can Student Sport Development Practitioners monitor and evaluate their own physical activity programmes via realistic methods? Second International CARES Realistic Evaluation conference. University of Liverpool, London, October 2016
    • Making sense of how and why physical activity programmes work. BASES national conference, December 2015
    • To what extent can Student Sport Development Practitioners monitor and evaluate their own physical activity programmes via realistic methods? Leisure Studies International Conference. July, 2015.
    • To what extent can Student Sport Development Practitioners monitor and evaluate their own physical activity programmes via realistic methods? First International CARES Realistic Evaluation conference. University of Liverpool, October 2014
    • To what extent can Student Sport Development Practitioners monitor and evaluate their own sport development programmes? European Association of Sport Management conference, University of Coventry, September, 2014
    • Student Practitioners and Monitoring and Evaluation. European Sport Development Network. University of Wolverhampton, September, 2014
    • The Student as Sport Development Practitioner, is there such a thing? Kevin Harris and Henry Dorling. The Student as Producer conference, Lincoln University, June, 2013
    • ‘Enhancing learning through technology: Applying social media to the student experience’. Kevin Harris and Henry Dorling. The Solent Teaching and Learning Conference, March, 2013.
    • ‘To what extent can student led coaching and development interventions create evidence for the sport development landscape?’ – Kevin Harris. European Sport Development Network conference (September 2012)
    • ‘To what extent can student led coaching and development interventions create evidence for the sport development landscape?’ – Kevin Harris. Leisure Studies Association international conference (July 2012)
    • ‘Enhancing employability and collaboration – FBSE and Sport Solent’s creation of Edu Sport Solent’ - Kevin Harris and Oscar Mwaanga / Paul Davies. Solent Teaching and Learning Community Conference  Developing excellence, innovation and transformation (March, 2012)
    • ‘Engaging employers through networking and consideration of the impact of these events on the student experience’ - Jenny Anderson, Christine Fountain, Kevin Harris, Matthew Jope, Oscar Mwaanga, Alan Scrase. Solent Teaching and Learning Community Conference  Developing excellence, innovation and transformation (March, 2012)
    • ‘Sustainability and Social Capital in a men’s health Football programme’ – Kevin Harris. Leisure Studies International Conference July (2011)
    • ‘Empowerment through Volunteering’ - Kevin Harris and Oscar Mwaanga. Conference papers presented at:
      • Leisure Studies Association International Conference July (2010)
      • FBSE Autumn faculty conference Sep (2010)
      • Solent University Solent Exchange Poster Presentation Sep (2010)
      • FBSE Research and Enterprise Conference May (2010)

    Book reviews

    • Harris, K (2012) Review article: Sport and Public Policy, by Santo, A and Mildner, G (2011). Managing Leisure, 17:1, 77-78
    • Harris, K (2011) Review article: Sport policy and governance: local perspectives, by Neil King (2008), International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 3:2, 303-304
  5. Work in progress

    Kevin is currently involved in a wide range of projects. Specifically he is working closely with Solent's Research and Innovation Unit and a number of evaluation briefs focusing on the social change industry (Troubled Families evaluation with Hampshire County Council, Local Area Coordination with Isle of Wight Council). This is in addition to ongoing outputs for publication concerning his PhD.
  6. Awards

    Kevin's awards include a BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Sport Development and MA with distinction in sport and culture. Follow the link below for more information...
    • PhD, Nottingham Trent University (2017)
    • MA with distinction Sport and Culture, Roehampton University (2004)
    • BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Sport Development, Chichester University (2002)
    • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014)
    • PgCert Teaching and Learning (2008)
    • PgCert Blended Learning (2011)
    • PgCert Research Methods (2012)
    • Solent Staff Award for Innovation and Creativity (2016)