Professor Robyn Jones, PhD, FAcSS, FHEA


Professor of Sport and Social Theory

Telephone number: 029 2041 7316
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I am currently a Professor of Sport and Social Theory and the Associate Dean of Research (Sport) at the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a Visiting Professor at the University College of South East Norway, , Norway. My research area comprises a critical sociology of sports coaching in respect of examining the complexity of the inter-active coaching context, and how practitioners manage the power-ridden dilemmas that arise. I am the General Editor of the Taylor & Francis journal Sports Coaching Review, while also serve on the editorial boards of Sport, Education and Society, Theories & Applications: The International Edition, and the European Journal of Human Movement. Additionally, I am a Fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Higher Education Academy.

Research / Publications

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 12 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. (in press). Studies in sports coaching. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars    Publishing

Cassidy, T., Jones, R.L. & Potrac, P. (2016) (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.

Book chapters

Jones, R.L. (2019). Sports coaching research: A brief look around and forward. In C.

Edwards & C. Corsby, Context and contingency: Exploring research in sport coaching pedagogy. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

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

Edwards, C. & Jones, R.L. (2018). Humour in sports coaching: 'It's a funny old game'. Sociological Research Online.

Jones, R.L., Thomas, G.Ll., Nunes, R.L. & Viotto Filho, T. (2018). The importance of history, language, change and challenge: What Vygotsky can teach sports coaches. Motriz; Journal of Physical Education, 24(2), e1018166.

Jones, R.L. & Ronglan, L.T. (2018). What do coaches orchestrate? Unravelling the 'quiddity' of practice. Sport, Education and Society. 23(9), 905-915.

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.

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.

Gomes, R., 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.

Morgan, K., 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.

Santos, S., 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.

Potrac,. P., 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.

Hemmestad, L.B., 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.

Teaching and Supervision

On-going PhD supervision

My coaching life: Discourses, power structures and changing identity (by publication), Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jake Bailey, 2010+

Sports coaching students' learning experiences and identity development: A Portuguese case study, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Joana Fonseca, 2012+

Exploring the impact of a 'Teaching Games for Understanding' approach within coaching: An action research study. Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jose Castro (Second supervisor). 2011+

Trust and distrust in coaching: Better understanding sporting relationships. Chris Baker,

            2017+ (ESRC studentship)

Coach Vygotsky: Developing the pedagogical creativity of coaches: An action research

            approach. Oliver Lum, 2019+ (ESRC studentship)

Doctorate in Sports Coaching/MSc (Sports coaching)

I continue to teach on both the Doctorate in Sports Coaching (DSC) and the MSc at Cardiff Met University.

External Links

I have several external links in various areas. A summary of the most recent is presented below:

2017 – Member of the Scientific Committee of the 4th CriC Coaching Conference, Cardiff, Wales, September 6-7th, 2017

2016/17 – Member of the Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Football Conference: Training methods and social issues, Torrent, Valencia, Spain, March 1st-3rd, 2017.

2015 – A 'Routledge Sport: Featured Author' (a collection highlighting the work of authors who have made significant contributions to the field of Sport and Exercise Studies' [Available]:

2015 - External Professorial Panel Member at the University of Northumbria and Canterbury Christchurch University

2015/16/17 – Consultancy work carried out for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), Welsh Rowing, High Performance Sport New Zealand ('Coach Accelerator Programme'), Swim Wales, the Football Association (FA) and the British Canoe Union (BCU).

2014 - Wales Subject Advisory Board Panel (WJEC) – Physical Education

External advisor of the University of Hull's 2014 REF submission (UoA 26)

Sport / Coaching Profile

I have extensive experience of coaching football over the past 30 years. These include being the u-15 coach at Queens Park Rangers Football Club (1998-99), and the Director of Football for Soccer New Zealand (Federation 7) (200-2002). I continue to help coach the Cardiff Met University men's football team in the Welsh Premier League.