Nottingham Trent University sport sociologist academic in the media

Nottingham Trent University sport sociologist academic in the media

 June 23, 2021

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Dr Ali Bowes is a sociologist in sport at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) whose research on inequalities that exist for women in sport is regularly drawn upon and quoted in the mainstream media. 

Dr. Bowes supervises research dissertations in the sociology of sport, primarily around women's sport, related to media coverage, social media, gender and sexuality, professionalisation and commercialisation.

Researching impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on elite sportswomen

In an Irish Times article, Dr. Bowes' research on the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on elite sportswomen was used to highlight the perseverance of Irish rugby international player Linda Djougang.

Dr Bowes' research finds that 16 per cent identified being an athlete as their sole, full-time work; 47 per cent identified as students, 32 per cent were in other, full-time employment and 5 per cent identified as being in multiple occupations. Despite the low numbers of full-time athletes, 77 per cent had competed at an international level, with 22 per cent at a national level and 1 per cent at a regional level.

It also reveals that 57 per cent of the athletes involved in the study received some form of financial reimbursement for their involvement. Of that cohort, 54 per cent received less than £5,000 for competing in sport, with only 15 per cent receiving an approximate salary that totalled £20,000 or more.

Dr Bowes' expertise has been featured by multiple major media outlets, including BBC News and Sky Sports News.

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