In July 2013, Dr Neville was awarded a prestigious two year position as a Birmingham Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Sociology of Health & Fitness. Since moving to Birmingham in September, he has been working on complementing The School’s existing research on Active Lifestyles. His primary focus in this role is to further establish his status as an independent researcher by conducting research that goes to the very heart of the School’s mission: understanding the relationship between the quantity and quality of engagement in physical activity so as to influence behavioural change and inform lifestyle intervention strategies.
Subsequent to his successful undergraduate studies, Dr Neville was awarded an ABBEST PhD Scholarship to extend his tenure at the DIT and to complete doctoral research into role, development and value of the fitness movement within the modern health landscape. He completed his PhD viva in November 2012, entitled “A Phenomenology of Fitness: From Consumption to Virtuous Production.” The thesis was passed without corrections, and Dr Neville subsequently graduated in February 2013. During his PhD research, Dr Neville also served as a part-time Assistant Lecturer within the DIT’s College of Arts and Tourism (Sept 2008 – Jan 2010), teaching on various modules relating to leisure services and industry studies.
Dr Neville completed his undergraduate studies in Leisure Management at the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin, Ireland. During that time, he was awarded both the DIT Gold Medal for Academic Excellence (2006) and The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel Group Award (2007) for finishing top of his class and with top honours.
Neville, R.D. (2014). Leisure, and the luxury of expérience, Leisure Sciences, 36(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2014.860768
Neville, R.D. (2013c). The pragmatics of leisure revisited, Leisure Sciences, 35(4), 399-404. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2013.797717
Neville, R.D. (2013b). Considering a complemental model of health and fitness, Sociology of Health & Illness, 35(3), 479-492. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2012.01494.x
Neville, R.D. (2013a). Exercise is medicine: Some cautionary remarks in principle as well as in practice, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 16(3), 615-622. doi: 10.1007/s11019-012-9383-y
Neville, R.D. (2010). ‘False dichotomies, facts and values, and the snares of objectivism: Planning for leisure from an experiential perspective’, in D. Chatziefstatiou & L. Mansfield, (eds.) Leisure Identities and Authenticity (LSA Publication No. 110), Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp.97-110.
Neville, R.D. (2009). Objectivist problematics: Planning for leisure from an experiential perspective? Paper presented at the Leisure Studies Association Conference, Leisure Experiences: Participating, Planning, Providing, Canterbury Christ Church University, July 7th 2009.
Neville, R.D. (2008). Peculiarities and parameters affecting health and fitness research, in C. Hu, (ed.) Proceedings of the 2008 International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) Conference, Dublin, September 29 – October 2, 2008, St. Clair Shores, MI: International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators, pp.197-211.