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Dr Sharon Wheeler

Programme Leader for Public Health and Wellbeing

Staff Profile

Dr Sharon Wheeler

Room: B19


+44 (0) 1978 293582


Sharon joined Glyndwr University in 2019 having previously worked at Edge Hill University as a Lecturer in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (2017-2019), York St John University as a Lecturer in Sport Education and Development (2014-2017) and the University of Chester as Visiting Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport (2011-2014). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Chester in 2013 having also completed her MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise (2010) and BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (2009) at the same institution.

FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy; Higher Education Academy, UK

PhD Sociology of Education and Leisure; University of Chester, UK

MSc Sociology of Sport and Exercise; University of Chester, UK

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science; University of Chester, UK

Sharon is currently Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Public Health and Wellbeing. She leads a number of modules on this programme area as well as on the BSc (Hons) Mental Health and Wellbeing and Dip HE Health and Social Wellbeing. 

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Selected works: 

Wheeler, S. & Green, K. (2018) ‘The helping, the fixtures, the kits, the gear, the gum shields, the food, the snacks, the waiting, the rain, the car rides’: Social class, parenting and children’s organised leisure. Sport, Education and Society, (Online First) DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2018.1470087.

Wheeler, S. (2017) ‘Essential assistance’ versus ‘concerted cultivation’: Theorising class-based patterns of parenting in Britain. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 26(3), 327-344.

Wheeler, S. (2017) The (re)production of (dis)advantage: Class-based variations in parental aspirations, strategies and practices in relation to children’s primary education. Education, 3-13, 46(7), 755-769.

Wheeler, S. & Green, K. (2017) Social class and the emergent organised sporting habits of primary-aged children. European Physical Education Review, (Online First) DOI: 10.1177/1356336X17706092.

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

Wheeler, S. (2014). Organised activities, educational activities and family activities:  How do they feature in the middle-class family’s weekend? Leisure Studies (Special Issue), 33(2), 215-232.

Wheeler, S. (2012). The significance of family culture for sports participation. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47(2), 235-252. 

Wheeler, S. & Twist, C. (2010). Methods of assessing body fatness among children: Implications for the National Child Measurement Programme. European Physical Education Review, 16(1), 81-93.

Sharon’s research has spanned a whole range of topics, including childhood obesity and the National Child Measurement Programme, the (re)production of inequalities in education and leisure contexts through families, and the links between parenting cultures, children’s organised activities and health and wellbeing.

Sharon’s current research interests are as follows:

  • The suitability and effectiveness of using ‘green exercise’ to promote health and wellbeing among families.
  • The therapeutic role of hairdressers for mental health and wellbeing.
  • The effectiveness of community care collaboratives.
  • The value of social prescribing schemes.