University of chester ken green

University of chester ken green

Professor Ken Green

Head of Department, Professor of Physical Education and Youth Sport


BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd, MSc, PhD


Prior to joining the Department in 1991, Ken spent nine years teaching PE in the South East, the Midlands and the North West of England, including one year in teacher education.

External Roles

Ken is a Professor II at Hedmark University College, Norway and a Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Education Review and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sports Policy and the Scandinavian Sports Studies Forum.



phone: 01244 513424


His specialist teaching and research area is the Sociology of PE. He teaches on the following:

  • Introduction to the Sociology of Sport and Exercise (Level 4)
  • Issues in Physical Education (Level 6)
  • Research Methods (MSc)
  • Sociology of Physical Education (MSc)



Research interests

  • Physical education
  • Youth sport
  • Sports participation in Norway

University of chester ken green

Published work

Selected Publications

Green K. & Smith, A. (eds) (2016) The Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport. London: Routledge.

Jones, L. & Green, K. (forthcoming) Who teaches primary physical education? Change and transformation through the eyes of subject leaders, Sport, Education & Society, London: Routledge. DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2015.1061987

Green, K., Thurston, M., Vaage, O. & Mordal-Moen, K. (2015) Girls, young women and sport in Norway: a case of sporting convergence amid favourable socio-economic circumstances, International Journal of Sports Policy and Politics,7(4): 1-20.

Green, K., Thurston, M., & Vaage, O. (2015) Isn’t it good, Norwegian wood? Lifestyle and adventure sports participation among Norwegian youth, Leisure Studies, 34(5): 529-546.

Wheeler, K. & Green, K. (2014) Parenting in relation to children’s sports participation: generational changes and potential implications, Leisure Studies,33(3): 267-284

Mordal-Moen, K. & Green, K. (2014) Physical education teacher education in Norway: the perceptions of student teachers, Sport, Education & Society, 19(6):806-823.

Mordal-Moen, K. & Green, K. (2014) Neither shaking nor stirring. A case-study of reflective Practice in Norwegian physical education teacher education, Sport, Education & Society, 19(4): 415-434.

Green, K., Thurston, M., Vaage, O. & Roberts, K. (2013) “[We’re on the right track, baby], we were born that way!” Exploring sports participation in Norway,Sport, Education & Society, 20(3): 285-303

Green, K. (2012) London 2012 and sports participation: The myths of legacy,Significance, 9(3): 13-16.

Green, K. (2012) Mission Impossible? Reflections on the relationship between physical education, youth sport and lifelong participation, Sport, Education & Society,  19(6): 806-823.

Smith, A., Thurston, M. & Green, K. (2011) Propinquity, sociability and excitement: exploring the normalization of sensible drug use among 15-16 year-olds in north-west England and north-east Wales, Journal of Youth Studies, 14(3): 359-379.