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About Associate Professor Kirstie Simpson

In terms of notable practitioner experience, Kirstie led the Volunteer Management Team for the World Swimming Championships held in Manchester in 2008 and has subsequently led numerous European Commission-funded projects on learning mobility. For example, working with European colleagues, Kirstie has designed and delivered a European Commission-funded Level 5 sports administration training programme for the Maltese Government sport agency, Kunsill Malti Ghall-Isport (Sport Malta). Kirstie has also led the development and delivery of a sport management and leadership programme for middle managers from 25 European countries at the Institute of Sport, at Viermaki in Finland.

In 2019, Kirstie moderated the Inaugural European Sports Skills Summit at the Finnish Ministry of Education in Helsinki and is currently the Programme Director in a European Commission-funded learning mobility project with four National Olympic Committees in the Western Balkans; Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia.


Kirstie teaches mainly on the Masters programmes and she is passionate about strategy, behaviour change and evaluating impact.



  • Sport Development strategy/ strategic management of Sport Development
  • Partnerships in Sport Development and Community Engagement
  • Evaluation of Sport Development Interventions

Published Work


Kirstie uses practitioner experience to inform her teaching as well as the co-editing of the textbook ‘Strategic Sport Development’ published by Routledge in 2013. She is currently working with her co-editors on a Second Edition due to be published in July 2021.

Robson, S., Tucker, L. and Simpson, K. (2013) (Eds.). Strategic Sport Development. London: Routledge.

Other Papers

Simpson.K. (2005). Curriculum Developments in Sport Development. Link 12, Higher Education Academy, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Network, 28-29.


BSc, (Glouc), MA (Glouc), EdD (Chester – in progress), SFHEA