Paul James Kitchin


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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My twin areas of research coalesce around the use of sport to either engage or to exclude marginalized groups of people. 

Track one is positioned at the nexus of disability, accessibility and the built environment of sport.  I have a long-standing research interest in the engagement of disabled people and ageing populations in and through sport and leisure.  In particular, my research examines the supply-side barriers that reinforce inequality and inaccessibility for these marginalized groups.  Track two is focused on social determinants of health and in particular the relationship between gambling harm and gambling industry marketing tactics. My research aims to provide co-produced and pragmatic solutions to address concerns around these relevant areas. 

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sport Management, the Head of the School of Sport and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests






Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Loughborough University

1 Sep 200810 Oct 2014

Award Date: 15 Dec 2014

External positions

External Examiner for the Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

1 Sep 2021 → …

Awards Committee, European Sport Management Association

30 Jun 2021 → …

The Stadium Access Steering Group , Irish Football Association

1 Dec 2020 → …

Academic Advisory Panel, Sports Grounds Safety Authority

1 Nov 2019 → …


  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management


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