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Ali Bowes

Ali Bowes

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


Dr Bowes is a Lecturer/Senior Lecture in the Sociology of Sport, leading the first year module ‘Sport, Culture and Society’, whilst also contributing to the second year ‘Sociology of Sport, the Body and Health’ module, and the third year ‘International Perspectives on Sport and PE’ module.

Career overview

Prior to working at NTU, Dr. Bowes was a Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Physical Education at Loughborough College, delivering on Sport Science and Sport Coaching degree programmes, as well as the Course Leader for the Blended/Online degree provision.  Dr. Bowes has previously taught at NTU and Loughborough University, where she was an invited guest lecturer.  In 2013, Dr. Bowes was awarded her PhD at Loughborough University under the supervision of Prof. Alan Bairner.  She also holds a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education from Loughborough University.

Research areas

Dr. Bowes current research centres on sociological examinations of women’s sport:

  • The intersections of gender and national identity in sport
  • Englishness and English nationalism in sport
  • Sociocultural examinations of professional/elite women’s sport
  • Media representations of women in sport
  • Professional women’s golf
  • Gender and sport

Sponsors and collaborators

Collaborating with Dr. Niamh Kitching (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick).


  • Bowes, A. and Bairner, A. (2018) England’s proxy warriors? Women, war and sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.53(4), pp. 393-410.
  • Bowes, A. (2017) England’s Lionesses: English women and sport. In D. Malcolm and T. Gibbons, eds. Sport and English National Identity in a Dis-United Kingdom. London: Routledge. pp. 110-125.
  • Bowes, A. and Bairner, A. (2013) Sport, war, gender, and nationhood.  East Asian Sport Thoughts. 3. pp.5-23.
  • Bowes, A. (2013) Book Review: Japanese Women and Sport: Beyond baseball and sumo. Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science. 2(1), pp.70-1

Press expertise

  • Women's golf
  • Women in sport
  • Professional women's sport
  • Media coverage of women's sport
  • Elite English women's sport
  • National identity in women's sport