Expert Guide – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games




Team psychology – empowering through coaching

Professor Joan Duda

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences


Professor Duda is a sports psychology consultant specializing in motivation, the impact of coaches’ behaviors on athletes, mental skills training and mental toughness. Recognized internationally for its work with athletes, coaches, instructors and those involved in the performing arts, from the grassroots and recreational to the elite level.

Perceptions of success

Professor Sarah Beck

Reader in cognitive development

School of Psychology


Professor Beck is an expert on ‘what could have been’, disappointment and regret – for example, why silver medalists can be less happy than bronze medalists.

Training success

Doctor Alex Consterdine

Lecturer in sports pedagogy

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Consterdine is a lecturer in sports pedagogy. His research interests are in the sociology of sport, focusing on power, culture and the coach-athlete relationship. His latest work explores the training, education and professional development of community sports coaches, related to imagery capacity, imagery use and stress responses.

Training success

Dr Sarah Williams

Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching Sciences

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Williams is a sports and performance psychologist with an interest in the use of techniques to regulate stress and performance and cope with pressure. She is internationally known for her work on mental imagery to respond to stress and improve performance and well-being. She has published over 40 articles.

Doping prevention/sports ethics

Professor Maria Kavussanu

Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences


Professor Kavussanu’s main research interest is fair play in sport. Some of the questions it seeks to answer are:

  • What drives some athletes to cheat and act aggressively towards other players?
  • What are the consequences of intra-team antisocial behavior for the receiver?
  • What psychosocial factors are associated with doping in sport?
  • Can psychological intervention reduce doping?

Exercise Psychology

Dr Neil Dallaway

Exercise Physiologist and Honorary Researcher

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Dallaway’s expertise is in the brain regulation of endurance performance and mental fatigue – how this affects physical and mental performance and associated strategies to improve performance.

High Performance: Team Sport

Doctor Barry Drust

Director of the Higher School of Sport and Professional Practice


Dr. Drust is an expert in planning and monitoring training, evaluating the effectiveness of preparation strategies for elite players, attempting to develop a detailed understanding of the demands of intermittent exercise, and identifying the importance of movement pattern as a determinant of response to exercise.

Power and performance

Dr Gareth Wallis

Associate Professor in Exercise Metabolism and Nutrition

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Wallis is a sports scientist with major interests in nutrition. His research focuses on finding ways to use nutrition to optimize performance and health in athletes.

Youth sports and mental health

Dr Marie Quinton

Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Quinton is interested in how positive approaches to youth development in sport and community settings improve emotional regulation, social connections and mental well-being in young people.

Motivational support

Matt Cole

Lecturer – Department of History

College of Arts and Law


Brought together a group of students to write biographical profiles of former England team representatives as motivational material for their current athletes. A similar project worked well for Team GB preparing for the Tokyo Olympics.

Extreme climates and physical performance

Dr Rebecca Lucas

Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Rebekah Lucas is an integrative physiologist interested in how exercise and environmental medicine translate into clinical medicine and public health. His research focuses on human tolerance and adaptation to physical and environmental stressors, with a particular focus on thermal vascular physiology.


Judith Coe


School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Judith will work for the England team as a medical headquarters physiotherapist.


Mr. Antonio Belli MD FRCS, FRCS (SN)

Professor of trauma neurosurgery

Institute of Inflammation and Aging

An expert in acute brain injury, Prof. Belli’s research interests include the acute and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on individuals – particularly in athletes.


Valentina di Pietro

Institute of Inflammation and Aging


Molecular neuroscientist Dr. Di Pietro is an expert in traumatic brain injury and leads research on markers in biofluids to diagnose sports-related concussions.

Sport Policy and Sport Policy, Olympic Legacy

Dr Shushu Chen

Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr. Chen is a lecturer in sports policy and management. His main research interests include sports policy evaluation and major event legacy studies (particularly in the areas of Olympic legacy evaluation). His recent research projects examine the legacy of sports participation in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Games.

Security / Fight against terrorism / drones

Professor Dr. David Dunn

Professor of international politics

School of Government and Society


Dr. Dunn is a security and counter-terrorism expert with a particular research interest in the use of drones.


Professor David Hannah

Director, Birmingham Institute of Sustainability & Climate Action (BISCA)

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

The University of Birmingham leads and co-creates research to address the climate crisis and promote sustainability. Professor Hannah leads BISCA – which provides cutting-edge sustainability research and drives climate action, leading to better livelihoods and a more sustainable environment. He holds the UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences and is on the Reuters list of the 1000 most influential climatologists.


Professor Andrew Dove

school of chemistry


Professor Dove is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of academics working together to shape the sustainable future of plastics. As the most sustainable Commonwealth Games to date, Birmingham 2022 offers an opportunity to learn valuable sustainability lessons.

Commonwealth and colonialism

Manu Seghal
Associate Professor of South Asian History
College of Arts and Law

Mo Moulton
Lecturer in Race and Empire History
College of Arts and Law

The University of Birmingham has always been a global university. Manu Seghal and Mo Moulton are historians who have explored the intertwined histories of education and empire that our institution exemplifies.

Commonwealth Culture

Professor Ewan Fernie MA, PhD

Chair in Shakespeare Studies and Fellow

Shakespeare Institute

Professor Fernie leads the Everything to Everybody project which is the subject of a major exhibition which opens on July 22 at the Library of Birmingham as part of the official Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games cultural programme. , interrogates and seeks to update George Dawson’s 19th century mission to establish a ‘cultural commonwealth’ in Birmingham by building an extraordinarily rich multicultural Shakespeare Library for all citizens of the city.

sports history

Vanessa Heggie

Associate Professor in History of Medicine and Science

Member of the Institute for Global Innovation University of Birmingham

Dr. Heggie is a historian of modern science and medicine, with a particular interest in the history of sports medicine, health and exercise.

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