Dr Lynne Duval

Job Title and Responsibilities


  • Faculty
    NSS Strategy work

  • Department
    Level 6 Tutor
    Module Leader for Undergraduate Sports Sociology and Sports History Modules
    Supervisor for Level 6 Dissertations, Level 6 Placements and L5 Placements.

About Me

I graduated from Warwick University with my PhD in 1997, having previously studied there for my BA Joint Honours in Sociology and History and MA Sport, Culture and Society degrees. I taught at Staffordshire University in Sport and Exercise from 1997 until 2004 and then worked on an athletics magazine for three years. After returning to the University as a part time teaching member of staff, I also worked with Stoke on Trent City Council on the Closing the Gap Project between 2008 – 2011 and contributed to research work within the Sport and Exercise department. Since July 2013 I have been a full time member of staff again, primarily responsible for the undergraduate sociology and history modules.

I have a range of sport and exercise interests but my main focus remains athletics, a sport which I competed in for many years from grass roots to international level.


PhD in Social History (focus on emergence of women’s athletics)
MA Sport, Culture and Society
BA Joint Honours History and Sociology

Professional Memberships and Activities

British Society of Sports History


Although I am interested in sporting inclusion in general, my greatest knowledge is in the area of women’s participation.

Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I have worked with Stoke City Council, including the training of staff and preparation of reports for the Closing the Gap project and Newman College as a Critical Friend for revalidation of degrees and evaluating their Phase 3 HEIF 4 Projects. I have also been involved in the writing of reports on young people’s participation for the Staffordshire Sports Forum and evaluating local women’s activity levels for the Ignite project.

Research Interests

Gender equity and inclusion in sport

Selected Publications

Chockalingam, N, Thomas, N and Duval, L (2012) Should preparation for elite sporting participation be included in the rehabilitation process of war-injured veterans? Prosthetics Orthotic International, 36: 270-277

Duval, L (March 2003) In Celebration. Underestimated but Estimable: Sheila Fletcher, The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 20, No. 1

Duval, L (May 2001) The Development of Women’s Track and Field in England. The Role of the Athletic Club, 1920s- 1950s, The Sports Historian, No. 21 (1)

Professional Reports
Duval, L (March 2011) Phase 3 Evaluation Report on HEIF 4 Projects, Newman University College.

Duval, L, Heaward, A, Ryan, P and Suckling, S (March 2010) Closing the Gap Evaluation Report, City of
Stoke-on-Trent Council and Newman University College. (Sport England funded project)

Duval, L, Jones, M, Ryan, P, O’Gorman, J (October 2007) A Survey of Young People’s Participation in Sport in Staffordshire. A Report for Staffordshire Sports Development Forum. Staffordshire University.

Duval, L, Sampson, J & Boote, E (2004) Perceptions of Local Women about Physical Exercise Provision in Shelton, Tunstall, Burlsem and Longton. Staffordshire University, Faculty of Health and Sciences (Ignite project).

Book Review
Duval, L (Summer 2003) M. Ann Hall (2002) The Girl and the Game. A History of Women’s Sport in Canada, The Journal of the British Society of Sports History Vol. 23 (1)


Current Teaching


Sport & Culture in Global Context (Module Leader)
Social, Cultural and Historical Aspects of Sport (Module Leader)
Social Investigations (Module Leader)
Children in Sport & PE
Developing Research Skills
Research & Career Development in Sport
Research & Professional Development
Sports Development & Coaching Placement (Supervisor)
School or Youth Placement (Supervisor)
Research & Professional Development (Supervisor)


Dr Lynne Duval
School of Psychology, Sport & Exercise (P/G, Partnerships & Distance Learning in Sport & Exercise)
Faculty of Health Sciences
Staffordshire University
Brindley Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294341
e: l.duval@staffs.ac.uk