Prof David Kirk

Head Of School Of Education

School of Education

Personal statement

I am currently Professor and Head of the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde. I am an educational researcher with teaching and research interests in educational innovation, curriculum history, and physical education and sport pedagogy. I am founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Routledge) and editor of Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport. I have held academic appointments previously in universities in England, Australia, Ireland and Belgium and am currently Honorary Professor of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. My book Physical Education Futures (Routledge) was published in 2010. My most recent authored book, co-authored with Dr Kimberly Oliver, Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Perspective, was published by Routledge in August 2015. A book co-edited with Professor Patricia Vertinsky (University of British Columbia) Female Traditions in Physical Education: 'Women First' Revisted was published by Routledge in 2016.


Has expertise in:

    • Curriculum historian
    • Qualitative researcher
    • Curriculum designer
    • School-based intervention designer
    • Physical education teacher educator

Prizes and awards

Best Paper Award by the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group in Research on Instruction and Learning in Physical Education 2017
Fritz Duras Memorial Lecture
International Fellow

more prizes and awards


Understanding body image in physical education : current knowledge and future directions
Kerner Charlotte, Haerens Leen, Kirk David
European Physical Education Review, (2017)
An activist approach to sport meets youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds : possible learning aspirations
Luguetti Carla, Oliver Kimberly L., Dantas Luiz Eduardo Pinto Basto Tourinho, Kirk David
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, pp. 1-35, (2016)
Transformative pedagogies for challenging body culture in physical education
Oliver Kimberly , Kirk David
Routledge Handbook of Physical Education PedagogiesRoutledge International Handbooks, (2016)
“Is TGfU a model only test pilots can fly?” : teacher-coach development in game-centered approaches
Kirk D.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport Vol 87, pp. S4-S5, (2016)
‘The life of crime does not pay; stop and think!’ : the process of co-constructing a prototype pedagogical model of sport for working with youth from socially vulnerable backgrounds
Luguetti Carla, Oliver Kimberly L., Dantas Luiz E.P.B.T., Kirk David
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, pp. 1-22, (2016)
Towards an activist approach to research and advocacy for girls and physical education
Oliver Kimberly L., Kirk David
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Vol 21, (2016)

more publications


  • Physical education and sport pedagogy
  • Curriculum change, including curriculum history
  • Curriculum design

Research interests

Professor Kirk has research interests in curriculum innovation and change, curriculum history, and physical education and sport pedagogy.

Current Projects

Research project: AHRC funded Early Career project Understanding the Gendered Roots of Sport:A study of female fandom and physical activity, 1945-2000, mentor and Co-I to Dr Stacey Pope, University of Durham, 2016-2019.

Book published August 2015 (co-author Professor Kimberly Oliver, New Mexico State University), Girls, Gender and Physical Education: An Activist Perspective, Routledge, publication June 2015. Associated research pilot project now completed, Adolescent girls valuing the physically active life: An Activist Approach, August 2015-June 2016. Papers presented from this project to the BERA Conference (September 2016) and the SERA conference (November 2016) and are available by emailing

Research Project (collaborator with Professor Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia) Reconsidering the demise of the female tradition in physical education: its legacies and impact upon current practices in physical education for girls, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded, 2014-2018. Associated edited book published by Routledge in 2016, The Female Tradition in Physical Education: Women First Reconsidered, co-edited by Kirk and Vertinsky.

Research Project (co-Investigator with Professor Doune Macdonald et al., University of Queensland), External provision of the school curriculum: Local needs to global networks in Health and Physical Education, Australian Research Council funded, 2014-2017. Kirk will chair and contribute a paper to a research Symposium 'Outsourcing and the commodification of HPE: Turning the process inside-out' at the AIESEP Congress Guadeloupe November 2017.


Professional activities

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Journal)

more professional activities


Female Sports Fandom in the North East: A Historical study of Female Fandom & the Critical Intersections Between Sports Spectatorship and Participation (Mentor for Stacey Pope)
Kirk, David (Principal Investigator)
Period 31-Aug-2016 - 30-Aug-2019

more projects


School of Education
Lord Hope Building

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