The three PhD projects are as follows:
- Race to Zero: An Olympic journey
An interdisciplinary project featuring experts from the University’s Energy and Environment Institute and the Logistics Institute, this project aims to help Team GB understand its carbon footprint and develop a goal to reduce the overall environmental impact of its operations.
The research will be supervised by Dr Simon Waldman, who leads the MSc Renewable Energy programme at the University of Hull, alongside Professor Nishikant Mishra and Professor Dan Parsons, Director at the Energy & Environment Institute.
The aim of the proposed PhD programme is to develop a model for effectively implementing socially-prescribed greenspace activity in economically-disadvantaged areas.
Based in the University of Hull’s Sport, Health and Exercise Science department, the successful PhD candidate will work with a wide range of partner institutions, with the initial project being run in East Yorkshire. The project will involve the University partnering with high-profile regional and national non-profit organisations such as the National Forest Company and Wildlife Trusts.
The research will create recommendations on greenspace activity and how Team GB can make tangible steps within social impact to drive a healthier nation.
Green2Gold will be supervised by Professor John Saxton, Head of the Department of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Hull and Dr Caroline Douglas, a sport and exercise psychologist at the University.
- Sustaining Team GB athletes post-elite sport
Retirement from sport is an extremely significant ‘hot topic’ in contemporary sports research and is an area of huge importance to Team GB.
Together the University of Hull and Team GB hope to research and identify characteristics of various Olympic sports and post sport experiences. Longer term the project will provide critical insight and knowledge that can be used to support athletes’ careers and well-being in their life beyond sport.
Crucially, the aim is for the research is to inform and shape support provision for athletes both in the years preceding and post retirement.
Research will be supported by Dr Luke Jones, Professor Adam Nicholls and Dr John Toner.