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Stuart Braye

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise (Sports Studies)

Stuart Braye

About Stuart Braye

Stuart Braye, senior lecture in sports science

Paralympic bronze medal winner Stuart talks about his sports science lectures and his Paralympic research.

Stuart Braye is an ex-Paralympic bronze medalist from Barcelona 1992, with a particular research interest in the Paralympic Games and disability equality in the UK. Stuart is a senior lecturer in the sociology of sport and the programme leader for BA (Hons) Sports Development, one of the programmes of the Department of Psychology, Sport & Exercise in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law. After a range of occupations, including six years in the Army, he worked in sports development for eight years. During this time he became Northern regional manager for disabled people in sport, advising local authorities on appropriate policies and strategies, as well as training staff on equality issues related to disabled people. He then joined Teesside University in June 2000 to develop the progamme he now leads. Stuart has an MSc in Sport Management from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He teaches on a range of modules across the Sport & Exercise programmes.

Research interests and activities

Stuart is is an active researcher with recent publications in peer reviewed journals; Disability & Society, Sociological Research Online, Journal of Disability & Religion, and Sport in Society, as well as several book chapters. He has a specific interest in the views of disabled activists on the Paralympic Games and the media’s portrayal of Paralympic athletes. The connection between the established Disabled People’s Movement and the Paralympic Games has traditionally been tenuous and Stuart aims to draw attention to this anomaly through his research. Unlike the field of disability studies, disability sport and Paralympic sport discourse have omitted the voice of disabled people and disability activists in particular. Disability studies has had little to say about the Paralympics and the intention is to generate greater interest in this debate.
Stuart is also interested in the area of Christians in sport and theology related to the Paralympic Games. He is seeking to merge sport, disability and Christian experience with a view to discussing a disability theology. He has published journal articles using theology to make sense of the relationship between the Paralympics and disability equality in the UK. Stuart is keen to develop students’ engagement with disability studies discourse to generate a more critical view of the Paralympics. He is also discussing with students the notion that Christian athletes have a distinct perspective on their sports activities. He also works with students to provoke an interest in the consumption of sport.

Research projects & external funding

Gibbons, T. and Braye, S. Co-editors of 'Christianity and Social Scientific Perspectives on Sport' (Special Edition) Sport in Society, (2017).


Braye, S. (2017) ‘The one that got away’: Feticide, infanticide, andthe deviant Paralympic success story, Christian Social Scientific Perspectiveson Sport (Special Edition), Journal of Sportin Society.

Braye,S. (2017) ‘You shall not murder’: Atos at the Paralympic Games,
Journal of Disability and Religion. 21(2),215-229.

Braye, S., Dixon, K. and Gibbons, T. (2017) Disabled athletes as outsiders to English sporting national identity. In T. Gibbons & D. Malcolm (Eds.) Sport and English National Identity. London, Routledge.

Gibbons, T. & Braye, S. (2017) “I pray that I can be contagious…” Exploring the faith of Christian elite athletes using a socio-theological approach. In A. Remillard & R. Alpert (Eds.) Gods, Games, and Globalization: New Perspectives on Religion and Sports. Mercer University Press (Sports &Religion Series).

Braye, S. (2016) ‘I’m Not An Activist’: An Exploratory Investigation Into Retired British Paralympic Athlete’s Views on the Relationship Between the Paralympic Games and Disability Equality in the UK. Disability & Society, 31(9), 1288-1300.

Braye, S. (2015) ‘Meet my Exes: Theological Reflections on Disability and Paralympic Sport - a Continuum of Ephemeral Deaths and Eternal Resurrection’, in Watson, N. and Parker, A. (Eds.) (2015) Sport, Religion and Disability, London: Routledge.pp. 194-208.

Braye, S., Dixon, K. & Gibbons, T. (2015) The 2012 Paralympics and perceptions of disability in the UK. In K. Dixon & Gibbons, T. (Eds.) (2015) The Impact of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties. Hampshire, Palgrave Pivot. Pp.15-34.

Gibbons, T., Dixon, K. & Braye, S. (2015) The GB football team for London 2012: What’s all the fuss about? In K. Dixon & Gibbons, T. (Eds.) (2015) The Impact of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties. Hampshire, Palgrave Pivot.

Braye, S. (2014) ‘Meet my Exes: Theological reflections on disability and Paralympic sport - a continuum of ephemeral deaths and eternal resurrection’, Sports, Religion and Disability (Special Edition), Journal of Disability and Religion, 18(2), 127-141.

Braye, S., Dixon, K. and Gibbons, T. (2013) ‘A mockery of equality’: An exploratory investigation into disabled activists’ views of the Paralympic Games, Disability & Society, 28(7), 984-996.

Braye, S, Gibbons, T. & Dixon, K. (2013) ‘Disability ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’? The claims of the International Paralympic Committee, the London 2012 Paralympics and disability rights in the UK’, Sociological Research Online

Gibbons, T. & Braye, S. (2011) 'Sport', in: Southerton, D. (ed) Encyclopaedia of Consumer Culture. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp.1370-1374.

Gibbons, T., Dixon, and Braye, S. (2008) ‘The way it was’: An account of soccer violence in the 1980s, Soccer & Society, 9(1), 28-41.

View Stuart Braye's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • Why the Disabled Do Not Watch the Paralympics
    New Republic, online, 17/03/2014
    A team of sports researchers investigated disabled people’s attitudes towards the Paralympics by surveying 32 disability activists in the UK.