About me

My name is Verity. I am an early career researcher with extensive industry and higher education research, teaching, and administration experience. Main interests are around how sport and other cultural entities have been used in local, national, and international contexts to govern society. Activities are connected to an established international network of governing actors related to a variety of organisations, where strategies and programmes include engagement with placemaking, international sporting events, sport and cultural policy, and sport diplomacy.

In other words, I like anything to do with governance, sport and society!

I have a BA in Politics, an MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics, and completed my PhD in Spring 2020.

PhD thesis title: Interconnecting discourses between governing actors, policy, and legacy around London 2012

I am currently split my time between activities with Counsel Ltd. and a visiting Research Associate role with SOAS University of London Japan Research Centre.

My activities with these organisations include contributing to:

sportscotland, project title: Equality and Sport Research, April to September 2020;

• Lawn Tennis Association, project title: County Governance Project: Enabling a joined up approach to growing tennis, October 2020 to July 2021;

• Football Foundation, project title: Groundskeeper Volunteering Development Plan, December 2021 to June 2022.

My academic outputs can be accessed through a range of repositories, including Google Scholar. Please contact me directly if there is a publication you do not have access to. I will see what I can do to get it across to you!

My latest industry and media contributions include:

Co-author on a ‘Major cultural and sporting events’, UK Parliament, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry written evidence submission

Contributor to ‘Commonwealth Games looks to change track as it struggles for relevance in crowded field’, Financial Times article