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Academic Biography

Stuart Braye is an ex-Paralympic bronze medalist from Barcelona 1992, with a particular research interest in the Paralympic Games and disability equality in the UK. Stuart is a senior lecturer in the sociology of sport and the programme leader for BA (Hons) Sports Development, one of the programmes of the Department of Psychology, Sport & Exercise in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law. After a range of occupations, including six years in the Army, he worked in sports development for eight years. During this time he became Northern regional manager for disabled people in sport, advising local authorities on appropriate policies and strategies, as well as training staff on equality issues related to disabled people. He then joined Teesside University in June 2000 to develop the progamme he now leads. Stuart has an MSc in Sport Management from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He teaches on a range of modules across the Sport & Exercise programmes.

Summary of Research Interests

Stuart is is an active researcher with recent publications in peer reviewed journals Disability & Society, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Disability & Religion, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. He has a specific interest in the views of disabled activists on the Paralympic Games and the media’s portrayal of Paralympic athletes. The connection between the established Disabled People’s Movement and the Paralympic Games has traditionally been tenuous and Stuart aims to draw attention to this anomaly through his research. Unlike the field of disability studies, disability sport and Paralympic sport discourse have omitted the voice of disabled people and disability activists in particular. Disability studies has had little to say about the Paralympics and the intention is to generate greater interest in this debate.

Stuart is also interested in the area of Christians in sport and theology related to the Paralympic Games. He is seeking to merge sport, disability and Christian experience with a view to discussing a disability theology. He has published journal articles using theology to make sense of the relationship between the Paralympics and disability equality in the UK. Stuart is keen to develop students’ engagement with disability studies discourse to generate a more critical view of the Paralympics. He is also discussing with students the notion that Christian athletes have a distinct perspective on their sports activities. He also works with students to provoke an interest in the consumption of sport.

Research Projects & External Funding

Gibbons, T. and Braye, S. Co-editors of 'Christianity and Social Scientific Perspectives on Sport' (Special Edition) Sport in Society, (2017).

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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 7 Article
  • 6 Chapter
  • 1 Other chapter contribution

"You Shall Not Murder": Atos at the Paralympic Games

Braye, S., 3 Jul 2018, Theology, Disability and Sport: Social Justice Perspectives. Watson, N. J., Hargaden, K. & Brock, B. (eds.). Routledge

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Christianity and Social Scientific Perspectives on Sport: introduction to the special issue

Gibbons, T. & Braye, S., 2 Aug 2017, In : Sport in Society. p. -

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Disabled athletes as outsiders to English sporting national identity

Braye, S., Dixon, K. & Gibbons, T., 23 Feb 2017, Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited Kingdom'. p. -

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"I pray that I can be contagious…" Exploring the faith of Christian elite athletes using a socio-theological approach

Gibbons, T. & Braye, S., 2017, Gods, Games, and Globalization: New Perspectives on Religion and Sports. p. -

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

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