Dr Beth Clarkson
Dr. Beth Clarkson is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Development. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a regular reviewer of articles for a wide variety of academic journals owing to her multi-disciplinary approach to research that encompasses the disciplines of sports management, organisational psychology, sport psychology and sport sociology.
Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in 2016, Beth had 13 years’ experience coaching in elite youth football in the U.K., Europe and America, and holds a UEFA/FAW B License. She has held roles within the coaching industry as an academy soccer coach, performance analyst, PE specialist, area manager and also as a business development manager. Previous to her current role at Portsmouth, Beth also held a teaching position at the University of Winchester where she was the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Sport Business and Marketing degree.
Beth has worked as a consultant to high profile sporting organisations delivering strategy, operations and leadership workshops to coaches and managers. She is available to deliver bespoke workshops on a variety of management topics.
Beth’s research interests are focused on three broad areas and their intersections: leadership, gender, and emotion. Specifically, Beth’s recent research has covered:
- Leadership, gender, race and ethnicity – focusing on the organisational and sociocultural barriers for women coaches from diverse backgrounds.
- Governance and management of women’s elite football.
- Leadership and emotion in performance groups.
Beth’s research has been previously featured in international and national media, including The Telegraph, The I, BBC Radio 4, the New York Times and Reuters. Beth has also written media articles for The Conversation on the lack of women coaches in football and the impact of Covid-19 on the future for women’s elite football.
Her research has also been recognised internationally, most recently winning the 2020 Celia Brackenridge International Research Award for excellence in scholarship on women in sport. You can read her winning article here.
Beth teaches on the MSc. Sport Management and the BSc (Hons) Sport Management and Development degree programmes.
Beth currently supervises undergraduate, postgraduate and Prof. Doc research projects in a number of diverse research areas related to the three broad areas of leadership, gender and emotion.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Beth is a member of the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and part of the Diverse Action Network.