Broadly speaking, my research area comprises a critical sociology of sports pedagogy and coaching. The purpose is to generate critical insight into an increasingly important part of cultural life, namely that of sports participation, and how that experience is framed by coaches. It is an outcome-focussed investigative agenda, which currently includes 11 books, 38 book chapters, over 75 peer-reviewed articles and 120 conference presentations of which 40 were invited/key note addresses. A selection is presented below.
Jones, R.L. & Potrac, P. (in press) (3rd ed.)
Understanding sports coaching: The social, cultural and pedagogical foundations of coaching practice. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L. & Kingston, K. (2013) (Eds.) (2nd ed.)
An introduction to sports coaching: Connecting sports science theory to practice. London: Routledge
Jones, R.L., Potrac, P., Cushion, C. & Ronglan, L.T. (2011) (Eds.)
The sociology of sports coaching. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L. (2006) (Ed.).
The sports coach as educator: Re-conceptualising sports coaching. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Armour, K.M., & Potrac, P. (2004).
Sports coaching cultures: From practice to theory. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Allison, W., & Bailey, J. (2016). Coaching journeys. In W.Allison, A.Abraham & A.Cale (Eds.),
Advances in coach education and development: From research to practice. (pp.149-159). London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Thomas, G., Felix, T., Viotto Filho, T., & Edwards, C. (2016). Yrjö Engeström. In L. Nelson, R. Groom & P.Potrac (Eds.),
Learning in sports coaching: Theory and application. London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Bailey, J. & Thompson, I. (2013). Ambiguity, noticing, and orchestration: Further thoughts on managing the complex coaching context. In P.Potrac, W.Gilbert & J.Denison (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of sports coaching (pp.271.283). London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Bailey, J., Santos, S. & Edwards, C. (2012). Who is coaching? Developing the person of the coach. In D.Day (Ed.),
Sports and coaching: Pasts and futures (pp.1-12). Crewe: MMU press.
Jones, R.L., Kingston, K. & Stewart, C. (2011). Negotiating expectations in football's complex social culture. In D. Gilbourne & M. Andersen (Eds.),
Critical essays in sport psychology. (267-288). London: Human Kinetics.
Jones, R.L. et al. (2011). Erving Goffman: Interaction and impression management: Playing the coaching role. In R.L.Jones et al. (Eds.)
The sociology of sports coaching (pp. 15-26). London: Routledge.
Jones, R.L., Bowes, I. & Kingston, K. (2010). Complex practice in coaching: Studying the chaotic nature of coach-athlete interactions. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.),
Sports coaching: Professionalism and practice (15-26). London: Elsevier.
Jones, R.L. (2006). How can educational concepts inform sports coaching? In R.L.Jones (Ed.),
The sports coach as educator: Re-conceptualising sports coaching, (pp. 3-13). London: Routledge.
Jones. R.L., & Wallace, M. (2006). The coach as orchestrator. In R.L.Jones (Ed.),
The sports coach as educator: Re-conceptualising sports coaching, (pp.51-64).London: Routledge.
Peer reviewed articles
Hemmestad, L.B. &
Jones, R.L. (2017). Deconstructing high performance Nordic sport: The case study of women's handball ('the team as method').
Sport in Society.
Jones, R.L. & Ronglan, L.T. (2017). What do coaches orchestrate? Unravelling the 'quiddity'
Sport, Education and Society. DOI:
Magill, S., Nelson, L.,
Jones, R.L., & Potrac, P. (2017). Emotions, identity, and power in
video-based feedback sessions: Tales from women's professional football.
Sports Coaching Review, 6(2), 216-232.
Jones, R.L., Batista, P. & Mesquita, I. (2016). Latent learning in the work place:
The placement experiences of student-coaches.
Sport, Education and Society. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1141287
Jones, R.L., Edwards, C. & Viotto Filho, I.A.T. (2016). Activity theory, complexity and
sports coaching: An epistemology for a discipline. Sport, Education and Society, 21(2), 200-216.
Jones, R.L.& Thomas, G. Ll. (2015).Coaching as 'scaffolded' practice: Further insights into sport pedagogy.
Sports Coaching Review, 4(2), 65-79.
De Martin Silva, L., Fonseca, J.,
Jones, R.L., Morgan, K. & Mesquita, I. (2015). Understanding undergraduate sports coaching students' development and learning: The necessity of uncertainty.
Teaching in Higher Education, 20(7), 669-683.
Rossing, H. &
Jones, R.L. (2015). 'Stepping away from the computer and into the sweats': The construction and negotiation of exercise identities in a Norwegian public company.
Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7(1),37-52.
Thompson, A., Potrac, P. &
Jones, R.L. (2015).
'I found out the hard way': Micro-political workings in professional football.
Sport, Education and Society, 20(8), 976-994.
Jones, R.L. & Allison. W. (2014). Candidates' experiences of elite coach education: A
longitudinal study ('tracking the journey'). European Journal of Human Movement, 33, 110-122.
Cushion, C. &
Jones, R.L. (2014). A Bourdieusian analysis of cultural reproduction: Socialisation and the hidden curriculum in professional football.
Sport, Education and Society, 19(3), 276-298.
Jones, R.L., Gilbourne, D. & Llewelyn, L. (2013). Changing the face of coach education: Using ethno-drama to depict lived realities.
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 18(5), 520-533.
Jones, R.L. & Mesquita, I. (2013). Do coaches orchestrate? The working practices of elite Portuguese coaches.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 84(2), 263-272.
Jones, R.L., Bailey J. & Santos, S. (2013). Coaching, caring and the politics of touch: A visual exploration.
Sport, Education and Society, 18(5), 648-662.
Jones, R.L., Gilbourne, D. & Nelson, L. (2013). 'Handshakes, BBQs and bullets': Self-interest, shame and regret in football coaching. Sports Coaching Review,1(2), 79–92.
Jones, R.L., Morgan, K. & Harris, K. (2012). Developing coaching pedagogy: Seeking a better integration of theory and practice.
Sport, Education and Society, 17(3), 313-329.
Purdy, L. & Jones, R.L. (2011). Choppy waters: Elite rowers' perceptions of coaching.
Sociology of Sport Journal, 28(3), 329-346.
Jones, R.L. (2011). Leaving.
Qualitative Inquiry, 17(7), 631-638.
Jones, R.L.& Standal, Ø. F. (2010). Phronetic social science: A means of better researching and analysing coaching? Sport, Education and Society, 15(4), 447-459.
Chesterfield, G., Potrac, P. &
Jones, R.L. (2010). 'Studentship' and 'impression management': Coaches' experiences of an advanced soccer coach education award.
Sport, Education and Society , 15(3), 299-314.
Potrac, P. &
Jones, R.L. (2009). Micro-political workings in semi-professional soccer coaching.
Sociology of Sport Journal, 26(4), 557-577.
*Jones, R.L. (2009). Coaching as caring ('The smiling gallery'): Accessing hidden knowledge.
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 14(4), 377-390. *Winner of PESP 'Best Paper of the Year Award' by British Education Research Association (BERA – PE, SIG), 2009.
Jones, R.L., Harris, R.A. & Miles, A. (2009). Mentoring in sports coaching: A review of the literature. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 14(3), 267-284.
Potrac, P. &
Jones, R.L. (2009).Power, conflict and co-operation: Towards a micro-politics of coaching.
Quest, 61, 223-236.
Purdy, L., Potrac, P. &
Jones, R.L. (2008). Power, consent and resistance: An auto-ethnography of competitive rowing.
Sport, Education and Society, 13(3), 319-336.
Jones, R.L.(2007). Coaching redefined: An everyday pedagogical endeavour.
Sport, Education and Society, 12(2), 159-174.
Cushion, C. &
Jones, R.L. (2006). Power, discourse and symbolic violence in professional youth soccer: The case of Albion F.C.
Sociology of Sport Journal, 23(2), 142-161.
Jones, R.L. (2006). Dilemmas, maintaining 'face' and paranoia: An average coaching life.
Qualitative Inquiry, 12(5), 1012-1021.