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Natalie Darko

Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Sport

Role

Dr Natalie Darko's responsibilities include teaching on the Joint Honours Programme (JHP) in Education, where she is the Subject Strand Leader of Sports Education. As part of this role Dr Darko manages the subject strand and leads on a number of modules. She also supervises final year research projects.

Career overview

  • PhD (MPhil) Loughborough University (Sociology and Sport)

Research areas

Dr Darko is a member of the SHAPE Research Group (Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement).

Research interests include:

  • Caribbean sport- analysis of sports provision, facility infrastructure, sports participation and physical activity levels.
  • Caribbean sport – The challenges and constraints in developing and implementing sports policy and provision in Antigua and Barbuda: What next for the small nation?
  • London 2012 Olympics- The impact of London 2012 Olympics on families in the East Midlands of England: a qualitative analysis.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Dr Darko recently collaborated with the Antigua and Barbuda National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sport for Antigua and Barbuda Government to produce research examining sports provision, sport policy agenda setting, policy development in Antigua and Barbuda.

Publications

Selected publications:

Journal papers:

  • Antigua and Barbuda National Sports and Recreation Policy 2011-2014: Sports participation, physical activity and provision. Darko N and Mackintosh C, International Journal of Sports Policy and Practice, Special Issue on Sport in Small Nations, 2014 (pending publication)
  • A qualitative study of the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on families in the East Midlands of England: Lessons for sports development policy and practice. Mackintosh C, Darko N and Rutherford Z, Sport, Education and Society, 2014, 1-50, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2014.881337
  • 'Get up and shut up, you play like Tarzan, but moan like Jane', Rugby union men and their suppression of body anxiety. Darko N, International Journal of Sport and Society, 2011, Vol 2
  • 'Get up, shut up, stop being a $%£%^': Rugby union men and their suppression of body anxiety. Darko N, Journal of Men's Health, 2009, 6, (4), 331-337

Conferences:

  • Antigua and Barbuda National Sports and Recreation Policy 2011-2014: Analysis of policy, sports participation, physical activity and provision. Darko N and Mackintosh C (Liverpool John Moores University), PSA Sport, Politics and Policy Conference, 2014, University of Bath
  • 2012 London Olympics: Examining the lasting sport legacy- research project. Mackintosh C, Darko N, Rutherford Z and Wilkins H, The European Sports Development Network (ESDN) Third Symposium, September 2012, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 'Get up, shut up, stop being a $%£%^': Rugby union men and their management of pain and injury. Darko N, Invited Speaker by Professor Kenton Morgam, Professor of Epidemiology Liverpool University, The International Rugby Injuries Conference 6-7th October 2010– from Population to Player, Rygbi Gogledd Cymru, Wales
  • Black male identities: narrating the private and public personas through pictorial representations. Wright C and Darko N Promoting methodological innovation and capacity building in research on ethnicity: An ESRC-funded NCRM Network for Methodological Innovation, 2010, University of Manchester

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Press expertise

  • Men's health and sport
  • Aspects of men's health body image concerns including body / muscle dysmorphic, depression, suicide, weight, alcohol consumption, smoking and diet
  • Sportsmen's health and wellbeing and emotional distress as a result of participation in sport, such as injury and depression
  • Masculinities and sport
  • Caribbean sport, including sports policy, sports provision, gender and sport
  • London 2012 Olympics and the sports participation legacy
  • Visual research methods, for example photo-elicitation, video diaries, photo observation