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Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University. She conducts conversation analytic research to understand how talk works - from first dates to medical communication and from sales encounters to hostage negotiation. She has worked as an industry fellow at Typeform and is currently on secondment at Deployed. In addition to academic publishing, she is passionate about science communication, and has given talks at TED, New Scientist, Google, Microsoft, and The Royal Institution, and performed at Latitude and Cheltenham Science Festivals. Her book, Talk: The Science of Conversation, was published by Little, Brown (in 2018) and she has a co-authored book on Crisis Talk coming out later this year. Her research and biography were featured on BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific. She is a Wired Innovation Fellow and in 2021 was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society.


Professor Martin Roderick is currently Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University and is an experienced sociologist undertaking research in the field of ‘sports work’, with expertise in life-course, biographical and career-related qualitative research. His published research to date has examined the ways in which the social identities of young, elite and professional athletes develop: his research has interrogated the fashion with which athlete identities are contoured by the structural aspects of their lives. Martin’s early research published as a book in 2006, The Work of Professional Football: A labour of love? was motivated by a desire to improve the working conditions for all professional athletes, a desire that remains a driving force behind his ongoing research ambitions. Martin has maintained his longstanding research interests connected with the problems associated with work and careers in professional sport, but his more recent focus has concerned the inter-connections among family life, issues of work-life balance, and mental health. Martin has recently completed research funded by the British Academy (2016), examining the effects of public recognition on the private selves of high profile athletes, and for The Football Association (2020), on player experiences of international representation. He recently edited a Special Edition of the Sociology of Sport Journal on ‘The Sociology of Sports Work, Emotions and Mental Health’ and serves on the Editorial Board for Qualitative Research into Sport, Exercise and Health.


Kerry R. McGannon is a Professor at Laurentian University, Canada. Her research program advances critical qualitative methodologies (e.g., discourse analysis, narrative analysis) to understand sport and physical activity behaviour. Specific streams of this work explore socio-cultural influences on self-identity and critical interpretations of sport and physical activity and the psychological implications. Professor McGannon also studies the media as a cultural site of self-identity construction within the context of sport, physical activity participation and health.  Peer reviewed scholarship includes over 150 publications in refereed journals and scholarly books and the forthcoming co-edited book Motherhood and sport: Collective stories of identity and difference. She is Co-Editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology and Psychology of Sport and Exercise.