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, in particular around notions of inclusivity.

My research 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, events, and society!

I have a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Nottingham, an MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics from the University of Birmingham, and completed my PhD in Spring 2020 titled ‘Interconnecting discourses between governing actors, policy, and legacy around London 2012’ at the University of Worcester. Since then, I have engaged with a number of higher education institutions through exchanges, work contracts, and collaborations, including Toin University of Yokohama (Japan) and the University of Manchester.

I currently split my time between a Doctoral Prize Fellowship at Loughborough University, then activities with Counsel Ltd. and SOAS University of London Japan Research Centre.

A spotlight on a number of these activities (and yes, I like being busy):

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!

Notable 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