Kev Harris
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Dr Harris’s main research interests lie within the areas of evidence, and realist collaborative approaches to evaluation with practitioners in sports management, sport for development and public health. Kev has published widely around this area and has recently published the first ‘Evaluation’ book of its kind focused on evidence in sport and leisure with Routledge. Kev has also published in Q methodology and its alliance with realist evaluation. He is passionate about knowledge exchange disseminating academic knowledge into the real world. 

Through the Hartpury Sports Business Hub Kev currently leads the academic evaluation of Active Essex’s Local Delivery Pilot (LDP), as well as the Active Essex deep dive systems evaluation that was completed in January 2023. In addition, alongside Sheffield Hallam University, Kev supports the National Evaluation and Learning Partnership (NELP) for Sport England’s LDP multimillion pound investment, and also the Qualitative Comparative Analysis evaluation of Sport England's place based working. 

Doctoral supervisions and completions

Current PGR Supervisions:

  • Matt Ellis, Hartpury. Realist Evaluation of Dual Career Athletes 
  • Megan Field, Hartpury. Realist Evaluation of social licence to operate 
  • Claire Hannah-Russell, Bournemouth. Realist Evaluation of Storm Break.
  • Chad Oatley, Solent University. Collaborative Evaluation in ABCD.


PGRs supervised to completion:

  • Dr Karen Van Der Vekkan, Ghent University. Realist evaluation within inclusion. 
  • Dr Wayne Bennett, Solent Univeristy. Realist Evaluation of Falls Prevention. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Developing and enhancing monitoring evaluation practice with sport practitioners – professionalisation and praxis, Nottingham Trent University

… → Jul 2017

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods , Southampton Solent University

… → 2012

Postgraduate Certificate in Blended Learning, Southampton Solent University

… → 2011

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching , Southampton Solent University

… → 2008

Sport and Culture , MA, Roehampton University

… → 2004

Sports Studies and Sports Development , BA, Chichester University

… → 2002

External positions

Visiting Honarary Senior Fellow , University of East Anglia

2022 → …


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