Amanda West

Associate Dean Student Recruitment and Academic Development

Sport & Exercise Sciences

University of Sunderland

Sociology of sport, Risk and adventure sports, Risk and play, Gender and sport, Social class and sport, Assessment in higher education

Amanda West taught at the University of Northumbria and the University of Cumbria before commencing employment at the University of Sunderland in 2010. Amanda’s main teaching areas are the sociology of sport and research methods. She has taught modules about sport and social theory, sport equity, sport and the media and sport and social issues. academic discipline is sociology and she has a broad interest in qualitative and quantitative research methods and methodology. Amanda is currently researching the meanings attached to risk by adventure sport participants utilising Mary Douglas’s theoretical treatise about risk and identity. She is also examining climbing habitus (after Pierre Bourdieu), physicality and the intersections of age and gender. Further work about risk is planned in more...

PhD (University of Manchester) MPhil (Sheffield Hallam University) PGCEd (University of Northumbria) BA (Hons) Human Movement Studies (Leeds Polytechnic)

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  1. Allin, Linda and West, Amanda (2016) Careers in the outdoors. In: International Handbook of Outdoor Studies. Routledge, London, pp. 159-167. ISBN 9781138782884
  2. Allin, Linda, West, Amanda and Currie, Stephanie (2014) Mother and child constructions of risk in outdoor play. Leisure Studies, 33 (6). pp. 644-657. ISSN 0261-4367
  3. Allin, Linda and West, Amanda (2013) Feminist theory and outdoor leadership. In: Outdoor Adventure and Social Theory. Routledge, London, pp. 113-124. ISBN 978-0-415-53267-9
  4. West, Amanda and Allin, Linda (2000) Does play pay? The production and conversion of physical capital by sports coaches and outdoor leaders in the UK. International Review of Women and Leadership, 6 (2). ISSN 1323-1685
  5. West, Amanda and Allin, Linda Chancing your arm: the meaning of risk in rock climbing. Sport in Society, 13 (7/8). pp. 1234-1248. ISSN 1743-0437
  6. Bloxham, Sue and West, Amanda (2007) Learning to write in higher education: students' perceptions of an intervention in developing understanding of assessment criteria. Teaching in Higher Education, 12 (1). pp. 77-89. ISSN 1356-2517
  7. Bloxham, Sue and West, Amanda (2004) Understanding the rules of the game: marking peer assessment as a medium for developing students' conceptions of assessment. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 29 (6). pp. 721-733. ISSN 0260-2938
  8. Allin, Linda, West, Amanda and Ibbestson, Adrian (2003) Social climbing. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Inclusion. Leisure Studies Association, Eastbourne, pp. 179-192. ISBN 978-0-906337-93-6
  9. West, Amanda, Brackenridge, Celia, Green, Eileen and Woodward, Diane (2001) Leading the way: women’s experiences as sports coaches. Women in Management Review, 16 (2). pp. 85-92. ISSN 0964-9425 (Submitted)