Dr Eilidh Macrae

Lecturer in Sport Development

A426, Almada Building, Hamilton
Tel Ext 8422
Eilidh Macrae


Eilidh joined UWS in 2015 as lecturer in sport development after two years lecturing in the Division of Sport and Exercise Science at Abertay University, Dundee. In 2013 Eilidh successfully defended her Economic and Social Research Council funded PhD at the University of Glasgow, where she also completed her MSc (Distinction) and MA (Hons). In recent years she has conducted consultancy research for Glasgow Sport—examining (in)equalities in sport and voluntary sports clubs—and worked as a social researcher in the Justice Directorate of the Scottish Government examining Access to Justice and legal capability.

Eilidh’s research interests range from historical sport research—with her PhD thesis focusing on women’s exercise experiences in the lifecycle throughout the twentieth century—to more contemporary sport research, such as inclusivity in sport and grassroots club development.

Eilidh maintains links with the historical academic community: she has acted as a steering committee member of Women’s History Scotland since 2009 and was the convenor of their annual conference in 2014; she was co-conference convenor of the British Society of Sports History conference in 2012; she served as the postgraduate rep for the Social History Society between 2010-12; and she currently holds the position of Book Reviews Editor of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

She is interested in supervising qualitative research projects in the areas of sociology of sport; gender and inclusivity in sport and exercise; community sports development; and the history of sport.

  • Qualifications
    1st degree(s): 
    MA (Hons) History, University of Glasgow, 2008

    Higher degree(s): 
    MSc, Social History (with Social Research), Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde (joint degree), 2009
    PhD, Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, 2013

    Other (professional or PGCert etc.):

    PG Certificate Teaching in Higher Education/Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Abertay University, 2014.
  • Teaching Interests
    Sport development
    Qualitative research
    Gender and inclusivity in sport
    Sport and policy
    Sport history and sociology
  • Research Interests
    Sports development
    Sport & exercise history
  • Research activity output book
    E. Macrae (forthcoming, 2016) Exercise in the Female Life-cycle in Britain, 1930-1970. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Research activity output journals
    Eilidh H R Macrae (2015) ‘Risky or Relaxing? Exercise during pregnancy in Britain, c1930-1960’ Women’s History Review.

    Eilidh H R Macrae (2015) ‘The Scottish Cyclist and the New Woman: Representations of Female Cyclists in Scotland, 1890-1914’, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

    Eilidh H R Macrae (2012) ‘Exercise and Education: Facilities for the young female body in Scotland, 1930-1960’, History of Education, 41: 6, pp.749-769.

    Eilidh H R Macrae, (2010) ‘‘Scotland for Fitness’: The National Fitness Campaign and Scottish Women’, Women’s History Magazine, pp.26-36.
  • Research activity output conference presentations
    E. Macrae. September 2014, ‘The Young and Growing Organism’: understanding the young female body in Scotland, 1930-1960’, Women’s History Scotland Annual Conference, Abertay University.

    E Macrae. March 2014, ‘Leading ladies through pregnancy and exercise, 1930-1970’, BSSH sport and leisure history seminar series, Senate House, Institute of Historical Research, London.

    E Macrae. May 2013, ‘Preparing Glasgow Sports Clubs for the impact of the Commonwealth Games’, AHRC postdoctoral cultural engagement event, The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

    E Macrae. September 2012, ‘Negotiating motherhood as a ‘sporty’ woman in Scotland, 1930-1960’, British Society of Sport History Conference, Glasgow.

    E Macrae. June 2012, ‘‘Age need not deter anyone from enjoying the privileges of Keeping Fit’: Negotiating pregnancy as a ‘sporty’ woman in Scotland, 1930-1960’, North American Society for Sport History Conference, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

    E Macrae. April 2012, ‘Physical Recreation throughout the female lifecycle, 1940-1960’, European Social Science History Conference, University of Glasgow.

    E Macrae. June 2011, ‘Conflicts of Fitness and Femininity: The Negotiation of Appropriate Female Space in the 1937 Scottish Fitness Campaign’, Sport and Gender Workshop, International Football Institute, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

    E Macrae. April 2011, ‘Physical Recreation throughout the female lifecycle’, Recording Leisure Lives Day Conference, Bolton Museum/University of Bolton.

    E Macrae. April 2011, ‘Exercise and Education: Understandings of the Young Female Body in Scotland 1930-1960’, Social History Society Conference, Manchester.

    E Macrae. March 2011, ‘Exercise and Education: Understandings of the Young Female Body in Scotland 1930-1960’, History of Education Day Conference, Queen Mary University, London.

    E Macrae. March 2010, ‘The Scottish Cyclist’ and the New Woman: Representations of Female Cyclists in Scotland, 1890-1914’, From the Sources to the Discourses Seminar Series, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

    E Macrae. Invited Paper: January 2011, ‘Exercise and Education: Understandings of the Young Female Body in Scotland 1930-1960’, University of Strathclyde Oral History Centre Seminar Series.
  • Membership of Research Groups / Centres / Institutes
    British Society of Sports History
    Women’s History Scotland
    Economic and Social History Society of Scotland
    Social History Society
  • Consultancy Interests
    Community sport development
    Women’s sport and equality
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