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Dr Urszula Wolski

Biography

Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2019, I was a lecturer in the sociology department at the University of Northampton. I had previously worked at Buckinghamshire New University as an associate lecturer and also as an information analyst since January 2014. I am also self-employed as a consultant and trainer, providing support and training in qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis including software such as NVivo, MAXQda and SPSS. I have been a MAXQda professional trainer since 2017. I have also been an External Examiner for Bishop Grosseteste University since September 2018.

My research interests are in new technologies for social research, qualitative research methods and software, the sociology of sport, the sociology of religion and positive psychology. Current research within the sociology of sport is looking at gender inequalities within tennis coaching roles, physical activity amongst adults during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, as well as an exploration into the experiences and beliefs of investigators of paranormal phenomenon.

Previous research within the field of positive psychology looked at the integration of character strengths and mindfulness for achieving flow in tennis performance (a dissertation on the MSc Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks New University). Forthcoming research will examine the relationship between character strengths and participation in sport and physical activity to promote positive ageing.