Dr Sarah MacIsaac

Lecturer in Physical Education

Undergraduate teaching

  • Health and Wellbeing 2
  • Health and Wellbeing 3: sociological and philosophical perspectives
  • Physical Education 4B: Sociocultural
  • Education Studies 4 Research 

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Lisa Thomson - PE teachers' personal and professional experiences of eating disorders and supporting adolescents with eating disorders within the PE context (PhD commenced 2024)

Vincent Coleman -  Trauma Aware Pedagogies (PhD commenced 2022)

Chenqi Wang - Health and body-related cultures and engagements with mobile apps among Chinese female students in UK universities  (PhD Commenced 2020)

Graham Condie - Experiencing and living with cerebral palsy and finding meaning in recreation and disability sport (PhD commenced 2017).

Research summary

My main research interests lie within the sociology of health, the body and Physical Education. My current research explores young people's engagements with digital health technologies.

Research areas include:

  • Healthism and ideal body discourses
  • Social media, wearable devices, and the body
  • Social power relations and the body
  • Embodied identities
  • Young people's experiences of, and engagement with, the Physical Education environment
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Critical pedagogy

Current project grants

Una Europa funding - DigihealthPE project
The aim of this project is to co-develop and evaluate innovative pedagogical ideas relating to critical digital health in schools, and specifically in Physical Education (PE).