Dr Ross D. Neville PhD

Dr Ross D. Neville

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research and Teaching Fellow in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
(Lecturing in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy as Maternity Cover for Dr Kyriaki Makopoulou)

Contact details

Address
School of Sport, Exercies and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Neville is a research and teaching Fellow in the area of physical education and sport pedagogy. His broad research interests centre on the place and role of fitness culture within the modern health landscape. Dr Neville’s initial research focused on the sociology of health and fitness largely took the form of theoretical analyses of how the fitness movement has grown and developed alongside all of the public health risk factors that it was supposed to militate against. 

Since moving to the School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr Neville’s research interests have grown to encompass further considerations which align more closely to education, such as the education and development of exercise professionals within the fitness industry. His current research seeks to combine sociological and educational insights and he now focuses on an expanded conception of fitness, i.e. that of ‘social fitness’, which aligns more closely with the ongoing evaluation work he has been conducting in the field of inclusive physical education.

Qualifications

  • PhD Leisure Management - Dublin Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • BSc Leisure Management (1st Class Honours) - Dublin Institute of Technology, 2007.
  • BA Leisure Management (Distinction) - Dublin Institute of Technology, 2006.

Biography

Dr Neville currently works within the School, both in a lecturing and a researching capacity. He teaches on modules which are available to students across the BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences and the BSc Sport and Exercise Sciences degree programmes. He also currently works on the independent evaluation of Sainsbury’s Active Kids for Life Inclusive PE Training Programme, which is a national professional development initiative designed and delivered to improve the quality of inclusive teaching practice in schools. See: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/research/showcase/inclusive-pe-training.aspx

In July 2013, Dr Neville was awarded a prestigious two year position at Birmingham as a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of sociology, health and fitness. He was hired on the back of his potential to contribute to the School’s research into Active Lifestyles, which, at the time of being appointed, was one of five interdisciplinary research themes. Besides continuing to focus on and publish in the area of health and fitness culture, between September 2013 and August 2015, Dr Neville took on an extended repertoire of sport- and physical education-related research interests. Collaborative work that he has engaged in on the education and professional development of fitness workers is a prime example of how Dr Neville’s research interests developed and now span two of the School’s newly defined interdisciplinary themes – Exercise, Medicine and Health and Sport Performance, Policy and Education.

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 (September 2008 – January 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.

Teaching

Dr Neville currently teaches on the BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences programme within the School. In his capacity as maternity cover for Dr Kyriaki Makopoulou, Dr Neville currently leads the Year 1 ‘Teaching and Coaching: Games and Athletics’ module and the Year 2 ‘Development of Teaching and Coaching: Gymnastics and Dance’ module. In terms of modules which cross the School's other programmes, Dr Neville serves as project supervisor on the Year 3 ‘Project’ module. He contributes to teaching on the Year 3 ‘Sociology of Sport: Participation and Performance’ module, and has facilitated seminar work on both the Year 3 ‘Politics and Sport’ module and on the ‘Sport Policy and Politics’ module for the MSc in Sport Policy, Business and Management.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Neville currently supervises postgraduate students in the area of physical education and sport pedagogy.

Current PhD Supervision:

  • Durayra AL Maqbali – ‘The Impact of Continuing Professional Development on PE Teachers’ Practice and Students’ Achievement in Oman’ (Acting First Supervisor)
  • Choman Kamil Amin – ‘An examination of CPD experiences for PE teachers in Kurdistan Regional Iraq’ (Acting First Supervisor)
  • Alexander De Lyon – ‘The role of fitness professionals in ‘performing’ contemporary health agendas: a critical analysis of professional training, development and practice’ (Acting Second Supervisor)

Current MRes Supervision:

  • Anna Maria Gatt – ‘An analysis of the professional development of physical education teachers in Malta’
  • Tania Abela Kraus – ‘An investigation of beginning Physical Education Teacher’s experiences of mentoring in Malta’
  • Karl Cortis – ‘Assessment in physical Education: an analysis of the physical and health education (PHE) assessment process in Malta and its effectiveness’

Research

Education:

Physical education and sport pedagogy; continuing professional development of PE teachers; inclusive physical education

Sociology:

Health and fitness culture; the body/embodiment; body consciousness; the professional development of fitness workers.

Research identifier: orcid.org/0000-0002-2064-5952

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications and Book Chapters:

Neville, R.D. (Forthcoming, 2017). ‘Sociology and physical activity’. Paper in preparation for in N. Draper & G. Stratton, (eds.) Physical activity: a multidisciplinary introduction. London:  Routledge.

De Lyon, A.T.C., Neville, R.D., & Armour, K.M. (Accepted). The Role of Fitness Professionals in Public Health: A Review of the Literature. Undergoing final revisions for Quest.

Neville, R.D. & Grix, J. (Reviewed, In Revision). Leveraging affects: A preliminary analysis of the feel-good-factor in sports mega events. For resubmission to Leisure Studies.

Neville, R.D. & Gorman, C. (2016). Getting ‘in’ and ‘out of alignment’: some insights into the cultural imagery of fitness from the perspective of experienced gym adherents. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health, 8(2), 147-164. doi: 10.1080/2159676X.2015.1099561

Neville, R.D., Gorman, C., Flanagan, S., & Dimanche, F. (2015). Negotiating fitness, from consumption to virtuous production. Sociology of Sport Journal, 32(3), 284-311. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2013-0115

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. (2013). The pragmatics of leisure revisited. Leisure Sciences, 35(4), 399-404. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2013.797717

Neville, R.D. (2013). 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. (2013). 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. (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.

 

Presentations Given and Conference-Related Research Activity:

Gatt, A.M., Neville, R.D., & Makopoulou, K. (2016). ‘An analysis of the professional development of physical education teachers in Malta’. Presented at the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) Network Conference 2016, Teacher Education from a Global Perspective, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, Malta, May 19th – 21st, 2016.

De Lyon, A.T.C, Neville, R.D., & Armour, K.M. (2015). ‘Fitness professionals in the lifelong physical activity education landscape: A new pedagogy research agenda’. Presented at the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) Annual Conference, Moving Up Physical Education and Sports Participation on the Public Health Agenda: It Is Not Too Late to Act!, School of Sports Science, Universidad Europea, Madrid, Spain, July 8th – 11th, 2015.

Neville, R.D. (2015). ‘On paradigms, pragmatism, and pluralistic qualitative research’. Follow up from SQIP (below), presented at the British Psychological Society’s Qualitative Methods in Psychology (QMiP) Annual Conference, 10 Years of QMiP Reflecting Back Looking Forward, as a part of an updated symposium on Pluralism in Qualitative Research: Emerging Theory or Incompatible Differences? (Symposium Convenor: Dr. Nollaig Frost, Middlesex University; Symposium Co-contributors: Frauche Elichaoff and Deborah Rodriguez, Middlesex University). Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, September 2nd – 4th, 2015.

Neville, R.D. (2015). ‘On paradigms, pragmatism, and making the case for pluralistic qualitative research’. Presented at the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) Annual Conference as a part of an organised symposium on Pluralism in Qualitative Research: Emerging Theory or Incompatible Differences? (Symposium Convenor: Dr. Nollaig Frost, Middlesex University; Symposium Co-contributors: Frauche Elichaoff and Deborah Rodriguez, Middlesex University). The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, New York, US, May 14th, 2015.

Neville, R.D. (2015). ‘Physical activity promotion and the latent function of medical legitimacy’. Presented at the Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) and the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (CMAR) Joint Conference – Living Well, Ageing Well. Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, April 16th, 2015.

De Lyon, A.T.C, Neville, R.D., Armour, K.M. (2015). ‘All hopes and expectations? A critical analysis of the role of fitness professionals in public health’. Presented in conjunction with the University of Queensland’s Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Seminar Series. Human Movement Studies Building, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia, March 13th, 2015.

Neville, R.D., Lucas, S.J.E, Eves, F.F., & Thompson, J.L. (2014). ‘21st century health in Birmingham: Reducing physical activity and sedentary time’. Presented at Birmingham City Council’s, Culture, Learning and Skills Overview and Scrutiny (CLS O&S) Committee Inquiry on Increasing Sport and Physical Activity. Council House, Birmingham City Council Buildings, Birmingham, UK, November 6th, 2014.

Neville, R.D. (2015). ‘No games, just sports’. Presentation given during the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival, themed Sight and Sound, and in conjunction with the event, Ladies of Leisure: A Visual Exploration of Women in Sport, School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, March 18th, 2015.

Neville, R.D. (2014). ‘Conference closing’. Summary remarks given at the Sport Policy Centre (SPC) Postgraduate Research Conference on Sport Politics, Policy and Society. Hornton Grange, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, December 4th, 2014.

Grix, J., Nauright, J., Houlihan, B., Kay, T., & Neville, R.D. (2014). ‘Professional development: Publishing, employment, teaching’. Panel discussion presented to delegates of the Sport Policy Centre (SPC) Postgraduate Research Conference on Sport Politics, Policy and Society. Hornton Grange, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, December 4th, 2014.

Neville, R.D. (2014). ‘Guest blog: On pragmatism, paradigms and pluralistic qualitative research’. Network for Pluralism in Qualitative Research (N-PQR) Blog. Invited blog entry based on contribution to N-PQR event, An Afternoon of Pluralism. School of Health and Education, Middlesex University, London, UK, September 18th, 2014. Available from: http://npqr.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/guest-blog-by-ross-neville-on-pragmatism-paradigms-and-pluralistic-qualitative-research/

Neville, R.D. (2014). ‘The feel-good factor in sports mega events: Potential area of cross-disciplinary collaboration’. Presentation given at the Centre for Policy Research in Sport’s International Collaboration: Sports Mega Events, Elite Sport and the Feel-Good Factor. Hospitality Suite Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, January 15th, 2014.

Neville, R.D. (2012). A phenomenology of fitness: From consumption to virtuous production. Unpublished PhD Thesis, College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Available online: http://arrow.dit.ie/tfschcafdoc/1/

Neville, R.D. (2009). ‘Objectivist problematics: Planning for leisure from an experiential perspective?’ Presented at the Leisure Studies Association (LSA) Conference, Leisure Experiences: Participating, Planning, Providing. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, July 7th, 2009.

Neville, R.D. (2008). ‘Peculiarities and parameters affecting health and fitness research’. Presentation given at the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators (ISTTE) Annual Conference, The Future Success of Tourism: New Directions, Challenges and Opportunities. Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, September 30th, 2008.