Department for Health

Dr Brad Millington

Brad Millington


1 West 3.109
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4357

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects related to any of my research interests. Please contact me if you wish to discuss PhD supervision.


My research is focused on physical culture, which is to say it centres on the meanings, practices, technologies, and spaces associated with the active body in a variety of contexts (in sport, fitness, physical activity, leisure, and physical education). I draw from an eclectic mix of theories in my work and from an array of research methods as well.

In more specific terms, my research involves two main strands of analysis. The first strand is focused on health and fitness technologies, with consideration given to the production, representation, regulation, and consumption of devices such as fitness training apps. The second strand of analysis involves work on sport and the environment, with a focus in this case on environmental discourses, policies, and practices related to sporting industries (golf) and mega-events (the Olympics).

My work has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Sport Canada.

I am an Associate Editor of the journal Leisure Sciences and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and the Editorial Advisory Board for Leisure Studies.

Research interests

  • Health and fitness technologies
  • Sport and Big Data
  • Physical culture, gender, and aging
  • Sport and the environment/sustainable development
  • Mega-events and corporate social responsibility
  • Sport and social movements


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