Jordan Donnelly

Jordan Donnelly


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Coaching for psychosocial development.
Sport Coaching conceptualisations of Transformational Leadership Theory.
Sport-based trauma-informed interventions.


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr Jordan Donnelly is a lecturer in Sport Development in the Division of Sport & Exercise. Both Jordan’s teaching and research interests are housed in the areas of socio-economic inequalities, trauma and sport. His PhD examined and explored the journeys and practices of coaches and their participants in Scottish Sport-for-Development programmes and ultimately the impact of that these relationships and experiences have on their lives. In terms of teaching and learning, Jordan contributes broadly to the areas of sport sociology, sport development and to specific coaching contexts such as coach transformational leadership and coach-created motivational climates.

Currently, Jordan works with several Sport-for-Development programmes across Western Europe to understand and maximise their potential impacts of socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

Prior to joining UWS in 2022, Jordan held a position with the Scottish Legal Aid Board and Scottish Government as a Research Officer in Policy and Development.

Desired research direction

Jordan would like to continue his work exploring the role of sport as a panacea to societal issues including poverty, trauma exposure, and inequalities.

Target collaborative organisations

Sport-based third sector organisations. 

UK Sport.

The NHS. 

SPFL Trust. 

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Jordan would be keen to work with sport-based organizations that are looking to develop their developmental culture for the benefit of psycho-social outcomes. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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