Ian  Wellard Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Ian Wellard


Dr Ian Wellard is an independent researcher and writer based in the South West of England. His academic work mainly focuses on the body, sport , physical activity and health. He has conducted funded research for, among others, the World Health Organization, The Olympic Committee, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Play England and various UK Government Departments such as Education, Health and Sport.

Subjects: Sports and Leisure


Ian’s main research interests relate to embodied practices, physical activity, gender and sport. Much of this research has been generated through ethnographic studies, which draw upon qualitative and reflexive approaches to the ways in which embodied identities are constructed and negotiated. His latest book is, Whose body is it anyway? - a sociological reflection upon fitness and wellbeing, which is a critical look at the ‘healthy’ body within the context of sport and fitness training. Other books include, Researching Embodied Sport (2015), Sport, Fun and Enjoyment (2013), Sport, Masculinities and the Body (2009) and Rethinking Gender and Youth Sport (2007), all for Routledge. Ian has continued to publish articles relating to his research in international journals.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity
    Sociology of the body
    Qualitative research methods


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