Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

Expertise in the areas of sport development; gender and sport; community sports clubs and the role of voluntary sports clubs in policy delivery; inclusivity in sport; sport and exercise history.

My research interest and expertise ranges from contemporary sport research (such as inclusivity & equity in sport, and grassroots club development) to more historical sport research (with my PhD thesis focusing on women’s exercise experiences in the lifecycle throughout the twentieth century).

I am an interdisciplinary researcher with links to various areas of the wider sport sector, including NGBs and physical activity charities, and I have completed commissioned research for these types of organisations. I also maintain links with the historical academic community: I have acted as a steering committee member of Women’s History Scotland since 2009 and was the convenor of their sport-themed conference in 2014; I was co-conference convenor of the British Society of Sports History conference in 2012; I served as the postgraduate rep for the Social History Society between 2010-12; and I currently hold the position of Book Reviews Editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.


Current research activities

I have recently published a book on experiences of exercise throughout the female life-cycle, in a historical context, and am currently researching contemporary experiences of exercise and physical activity during pregnancy. I am also engaged in research with UWS colleagues looking at community sport, walking programmes for older adults, and the development of women's boxing.

I am currently supervising 3 PhD students and 2 MRes students within the general topic areas of:

  • Sport development & digital marketing (partly funded by Uddingston Hockey Club)
  • Sport facilities and community health & wellbeing (partly funded by Oriam: Scotland's Sport Performance Centre)
  • Gender & sport, for example, managing menstruation as an elite athlete
  • Digital healthcare in the NHS (funded by the Digital Health & Care Institute and in collaboration with Storm ID)

Desired research direction

I am interested in working with any researchers or postgraduate students keen to explore issues related to gender, sport and inclusivity, particularly the development of female athletes and female participation rates in sport generally, and especially male-dominated sports.

I am also interested in developing our understanding of the impact of mega-events and international competitions on the process of sport in the UK, with regards to funding distribution, support, and the grassroots management of sport at the community level.

Target collaborative organisations

Given my expertise in the development of women's sport, I am keen to collaborate with any National Governing Bodies regarding the development of their female athletes, and I can provide research and recommendations for development in this area. I supervise an MRes student who is looking directly at this subject in relation to women's rugby, and I recently acted as external examiner for an MRes investigating the development of women's football in Scotland.

I am also interested in the development of sport for older individuals, having conducted ESRC funded research in this area, and I am thus available to provide research expertise to organisations to provide evidence and recommendations in this area.


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I am an expert in qualitative research. I have expertise in the field of women's sport from a historical and contemporary development perspective, particularly the barriers faced by women in engaging with physical activity throughout various life stages (such as adolescence, pregnancy, motherhood).

I have previously conducted consultancy research on behalf of the Scottish Government and Glasgow Sport. My work at Glasgow Sport involved research into sports club preparation for the Commonwealth Games. I worked as a consultant researcher for the Justice Directorate at the Scottish Government, conducting social research into access to justice services in local communities and reporting my outcomes and recommendations from this to external stakeholders. I am thus available for consultancy work in a range of fields.

Education / Academic qualification

University of Glasgow

1 Oct 20091 Apr 2013

University of Glasgow

1 Sep 20081 Sep 2009

University of Glasgow

1 Oct 20031 Jul 2008


  • HM Sociology
  • Sport
  • Gender
  • Policy
  • Management Theory and Strategy
  • Volunteers
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Sport Development
  • Sport Management

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Scotland Arts & Humanities
Sports Social Sciences
Privilege Arts & Humanities
Cycling Arts & Humanities
New Woman Arts & Humanities
Physical Arts & Humanities
Pregnancy Arts & Humanities
life cycle Social Sciences

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Research Output 2010 2016

Open Access
Sport participation

Exercise in the Female Life-Cycle in Britain, 1930-1970

Macrae, E. 2016 Palgrave Macmillan. 254 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook

life cycle
working life
oral history

Risky or Relaxing? Exercise during Pregnancy in Britain, c. 1930-1960

Macrae, E. H. R. 3 Sep 2015 In : Women's History Review. 24, 5, p. 739-756

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

New Woman

Activities 2014 2017

  • 5 Participation in conference
  • 2 Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk
  • 1 Examination
  • 1 Oral presentation

MRes Examination, External Examiner

Macrae, E. (Examiner)
16 Aug 2017

Activity: Examination

Invited Talk -The Impact of Walking Football on Health and Wellbeing

Macrae, E. (Speaker), Cowan, D. (Participant), Arthur, R. (Participant), Buchan, D. (Participant), Sanderson, M. (Participant)
30 May 2017

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Scottish Women In Sport

Macrae, E. (Participant)
19 May 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar

Macrae, E. (Participant)
17 Jan 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Netball Scotland Annual Conference 2016

Macrae, E. (Invited speaker)
10 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference


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