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Dr Beth Clarkson

Senior Lecturer

Beth Clarkson

Research Interests

Broad research specialisms:

  • Leadership and emotion
  • Gender and leadership
  • Women and football

I currently pursue two distinct research programmes. The first, and topic of my PhD, addresses the impact of emotions in a leadership context. I am particularly interested in individual differences and emotional mechanisms that explain leader (e.g., coach) effectiveness.

The second research programme focuses on gender and leadership issues in sport, presently related to underrepresentation of women in coaching. I am interested in understanding organisational and sociocultural barriers (and supports) for women coaches in male-dominated sports.

I am an external reviewer for a number of journals, including:

  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • The Sport Psychologist
  • Leadership & Organization Development Journal
  • Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice
  • Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal
  • UKCoaching Applied Coaching Journal
  • Managing Sport and Leisure
  • SAGE Open

Teaching Responsibilities

I contribute to teaching in the area of Sports Management across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including module coordination of Strategic Leadership in Sport (L7), Marketing and Promotion of Sport (L6) and Sports Business Management (L5). I also contribute in a supervisory capacity to undergraduate and postgraduate projects within the disciplines of Sports Management and Sport Psychology. 

In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am a member of the departmental Extenuating Circumstances Committee and I am a member of the Athena Swan Working Group.


I graduated from Bangor University with a BSc in Sport Science, and subsequently completed an MRes in Sport and Exercise Psychology under the supervision of Dr James Hardy. Following this, I moved to America where I worked as an academy football coach and gained qualifications and experience as a performance analyst. I later returned to the UK in 2014 to begin a PhD at the University of Portsmouth alongside working as a business development manager in the sport coaching sector. I then undertook a teaching position at the University of Winchester, where I was the Programme Leader of the BA Sport Business and Marketing degree. I returned to the University of Portsmouth in August 2016 as a Lecturer, and where I am now a Senior Lecturer.

I am a UEFA/FAW "B" License (Level 3) football coach and I have 13 years experience coaching in elite youth football in the U.K., Europe and America. I am available to provide coach education workshops on the broad topics of leadership, gender, and emotion. 

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