Dr Davies Banda

Programme Director: BSc (Hons) Sport & Recreation Management / Lecturer in Sport Policy & Management

Background

Davies Banda is an active researcher in the field of sport-for-development and has published both in peer-reviewed journals and UK government commissioned policy reports. His research interests are centred particularly on: youth sport and social inclusion policies, sport-for-development and social inclusion interventions, and corporate social responsibility through sport. He has advocated for the role that sport plays in the lives of disadvantaged young people, particularly those living in deprived communities.

His academic and practitioner interest within the sport-for-development sector focuses on designing and implementation of social interventions using sport as a tool for development. Davies has experience of working as a consultant in Europe and Africa where he has engaged private, voluntary and public sector bodies using sport as a social good.

Davies has previously held brief posts at Loughborough University and Sheffield Hallam University before spending 10 years (2006 – 2016) at York St John University as a Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy  - Sport Policy and Political Science Analysis  - Loughborough University

Professional Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) -  University of Leeds

Master of Science - Sport and Leisure Management - Loughborough University

Secondary School Teaching Diploma - University of Zambia - Nkrumah Teachers College

Primary Teaching Methods - Kitwe Teachers College - Zambia

Responsibilities & affiliations

Postgraduate and Undergraduate Teaching

Commonwealth Pool of Sport for Development Consultants

Research summary

Research interests involve: 

  • Youth Sport and Social Inclusion policies
  • Sport-for-development and Social Inclusion Interventions
  • National Sport and Leisure Policies and Colonial Legacies - Commonwealth region, 
  • International Development and sport for social good
  • Political Ideologies and Implications on Sport Policy
  • Critique of Corporate Social Responsibility through sport in Global South and Europe. 

Knowledge exchange

Global South and Global North Higher Education knowledge transfer projects between a UK university and a Zambian University for Trainee Teachers. Awarded a British Council -  Development Partnerships in Higher Education Bid to deliver curriculum development outcomes. This project involved:

  • Promotion of Public-Private Partnerships in the sport-for-development sector
  • Institutional development/reforms with particular experience in developing partnerships between Global North and Global South Higher Education Institutions
  • Curriculum development with particular focus on alignment to public policies and  community based sports projects
  • Development of performance indicators and benchmarking of sport for good projects; and development of strategies and policies for the inclusion of target groups in monitoring and evaluation
  • University accredited courses for practitioners in sub-Saharan Africa

Research activities

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Project activity

Partnerships in Sport and HIV/AIDS in Zambia - 2007 – 2008

  • Exploring the role of partnerships within the Global South sport-for-development sector conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Youth Sport, Loughborough University. Awarded £8,600 by York St John University – Role played: Principal Investigator

 

DelPHE Project - 2010 – 2013

  • Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) project together with Dr Michelle Jones, and Sylvester Mbewe of Nkrumah University, Zambia. The project involved curriculum development and enhancement of the PE degree within teacher training colleges.  Awarded funds to a maximum of £60,000 by the Department for International Development (DfID) and the British Council. Role played: Project Director

 

I Have a Dream Project - 2012 – 2015.

  • Funding Bid developer and Assessment Panel Co-Director for a Skillshare International project application working with child miners in five villages in the Dori region of Burkina Faso.  Awarded £298,000 by Comic Relief.

View all 14 publications on Research Explorer