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Milly Blundell

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty of Science

Milly is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Social Inclusion and her primary research focus explores gender issues in sport. She is currently completing her PhD, which is longitudinally examining women's engagement in sport and physical activity and how behaviour changes occur. This work builds on the Sport England Funded 'I Will if You Will' evaluation, on which Milly was the principal investigator. That project informed the national roll-out of the 'This Girl Can' ( campaign.

Milly completed her undergraduate degree in sport development and physical education, followed by a masters degree in sport management at LJMU. She is a member of the Physical Activity Exchange in the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences.


Spanish; Castilian


2021, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2011, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PGCLTHE
2009, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA (Distinction)
2006, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Social Inclusion, School of Sport Studies, Leisure & Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present
Research Assistant, Centre for Sport, Dance & Outdoor Education, Liverpool John Moores University, 2008 - 2012

Journal article

Blundell M, Sprung T, Knowles Z. 2024. We are Courageous: Speaking Out Boldly and Acting for Change: Women in Sport and Exercise Academic Network Conference, 20–22 June, 2023 Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 32 DOI Publisher Url

Hayton J, Blundell M-C. 2020. Exploring the relationship between social class and sport event volunteering Sport Management Review, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Gaston L, Blundell M, Fletcher T. 2020. Gender Diversity in Sport Leadership: A Review of United States of America National Governing Bodies of Sport Managing Sport and Leisure, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Hayton JW, Blundell M, Cullinane D, Walker C. 2019. Building an inclusive cycling "movement": Exploring the charity-led mobilisation of recreational cycling in communities across Merseyside, England. Sport Management Review, 22 :21-37 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Walker C, Stanley G, Blundell M, Burton D, Jones M, May S, Walker S. 2013. Lessons learned - Increasing participation of children with disabilities in Physical Education through a collaborative school and third sector partnership approach educationalfutures, 1 :1-27

Vickerman PB. 2012. English Learning Support Assistants Experiences of Including Children with Special Educational Needs in Physical Education European Journal of Special Needs Education, :1-20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Vickerman P, Blundell ME. 2010. Hearing the voices of disabled students in higher education: experiences of induction through to employability Disability and Society, 25 :21-32 DOI

Vickerman PB. 2010. Hearing the Voices of Disabled Students in Higher Education Disability and Society, :21-32 DOI Author Url Publisher Url


Hayton JW, Blundell M. 2018. Exploring Repeated Sport Event Volunteering Through Longitudinal Field-Based Research Sage Research Methods, DOI Publisher Url

Conference publication

Richards K, Blundell M, Roberts S. 2015. Richards, K., & Blundell, (2014). 'I will if you will': intial findings from a Sport England Pilot Designed to postiively change women;s sporting behaviour. The 6th International World Congress on Women In Sport. Finland, Helsinkin, June

Reeves MJ, Blundell M. The 2 Cultures of Sport Sports policy factors leading to international sporting success (SPLISS)


Blundell M, Richards K, Roberts S, McIlroy D, Reeves MJ. 2014. Measuring women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury :1-75


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Award Winner, Teaching & Learning Excellence Awards, LJMU, 2022

Research Grants Awarded:

Royal Society, How do we promote physical activity in girls? A research project with girls, for girls and by girls, Dr Tori Sprung, Dr Cara Shearer, Dr Milly Blundell, Dr Francesca Champ, Dr Lawrence Foweather, Professor Lynne Boddy, Professor Zoe Knowles, Emma Cowley (all LJMU), Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2021

Bury Council / Sport England, The measurement of women and girls sport behaviour and attitude change in Bury, Kaye Richards, Matthew Reeves, Simon Roberts, Grant value (£): 96,000, Duration of research project: 18 Months. 2013

Higher Education Academy, Special Interest Group on Disability in Higher Education, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2012

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Student Learning Mentors Project, Grant value (£): 6,000. 2010

Merseyside Development Foundation, ‘Why Don’t You’ Evaluation, Grant value (£): 3,000, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2009

Teacher Development Agency, Preparing Trainee Teachers and Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) to Include Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Physical Education (PE), Grant value (£): 18,000, Duration of research project: 24 months. 2009

Merseyside Sports Partnership, Club Database Development, Grant value (£): 5,000. 2008

Liverpool City Council, Women Get Active, Grant value (£): 9,000, Duration of research project: 3 years.