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Shamira Naidu-Young

Research Student

MSc, FCMgr

Research Student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology


Shamira is a PhD student in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, funded by Laureus Sport for Good. Shamira has an MSc in Sport Management from Coventry University, where she graduated top of her cohort and a BA in Classics from the University of Warwick. 

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Shamira’s PhD research explores the impacts of sport for development (SfD) interventions on the lives of girls and young women, particularly in the Global South, taking a socio-anthropological approach in order to gain an in depth understanding and explore long term impacts. The research seeks to understand utility and success of using SfD to achieve a wide variety of development goals. Shamira is conducting ethnographic research with a community based organisation in Nairobi, Kenya that uses the sport of boxing to challenge gender norms and equip girls with life and leadership skills. 

Conference Presentations

Shamira will be presenting at the 2023 EASM (European Association for Sport Management) in Belfast. Her presentation will discuss innovations in sport for development drawing on her PhD research and is titled ‘Developing New Anthropological Insights Into Innovative Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Practices: A Case Study of Boxgirls Kenya

Applied Experience

Shamira has over six years experience working within sport development, particularly within the higher education sector where she was responsible for managing participation programmes aimed at getting students, staff and the wider community to be more physically active. 

Teaching Areas/experience

Shamira is a teaching assistant on the module ’Sports Development’ (22/23) convened by Dr Iain Lindsey

Supervised by

Dr Iain Lindsey (DSES)

Prof Kate Hampshire (Anthropology)

Dr Mike Crawley (Anthropology)