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Dr Verity Postlethwaite is a member of the Sports Business Team, she joined Hartpury University in August 2021. Verity is a Lecturer in Sports Business Management, who has a background in the social sciences and humanities. Verity's teaching and research contributes to debate about the relations between sport and society in local, national and international contexts.

Research interests

Verity's PhD (completed June 2020) focused on the intersections of legacy and policy during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the past decade, Verity has contributed to national and international policy and governance research, including studies around diplomacy, workforce, clubs, youth policy and equality. A recent research project focused on the legacy potential post-Tokyo 2020 for the Paralympics and para-sport funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. 

Current teaching

For the 2020/21 academic year, Verity will contribute and support the following modules:

  • Research in Professional Practice 
  • International Sports Development
  • The Impact of Sport Events 
  • New Venture Creation
  • Undergraduate Dissertation
  • Sports Business Consultancy Project

External positions and memberships

Verity is an active member of a number of academic and professional networks, including the British Society of Sports History, the UK Sport Development Network and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association of the UK. Recently, Verity completed the Digital Marketing Institute's Certified Digital Marketing Professional course and is now affiliated to their group.

Beyond Verity's role at Hartpury, she is an Associate at Counsel Ltd. an independent business supporting people and communities to achieve their potential; and a Visiting Research Associate at SOAS Japan Research Centre, working on a project connected to Japan and sport. 

In 2021, Verity joined the Leeds Beckett University UKSDN 2022 Conference Steering Group and is the Marketing and PR sub-group lead for the upcoming event.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Worcester

Award Date: 24 Jun 2020

International Law, Ethics and Politics, MA, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 30 Sep 2015

Politics, BA, University of Nottingham

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

External positions

Research Associate , Counsel Ltd.

2019 → …

Research Associate, SOAS University of London

2018 → …


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