Dr Edward Hope

School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences
Dr Edward Hope
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    +44 (0) 1206 872886

  • Location

    ESA.3.14, Colchester Campus



I am a lecturer in Sports Performance and Motor Control in the School of Sport Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (SRES). I am also Programme Lead for the Sports Performance and Coaching degree. From a research perspective, my interests lie in examining perceptual-cognitive skill in sport. Specifically, the key factors underlying pattern-recognition and anticipation expertise in team-based sports. I am also investigating the research evidence base underlying video assistant refereeing (VAR) in football, and how decisions are made within these time-constrained situations. Prior to my appointment at the University of Essex, I worked within the applied setting for 7 years at Football Radar, and Everton Football Club, respectively. Alongside this, I also partook in several bespoke projects for a range of elite organisations, including FIFA, UEFA, Nike, and the English Premier League.


  • PhD in Sports Psychology Liverpool John Moores University, (2015)

  • BSc in Sports Science Liverpool John Moores University, (2008)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Sports Performance and Motor Control, School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, University of Essex (1/12/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Lecturer in Performance Analysis, The Academy of Sport and Physical Activity, Sheffield Hallam University (1/10/2011 - 31/5/2012)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Professional Skills and Development 1 (SE101)

  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (SE104)

  • Introduction to Coaching (SE107)

  • Introduction to Performance Analysis (SE136)

  • Professional Skills 2 (SE201)

  • Strength and Conditioning: Application and Theory (SE210)

  • Research Methods in Sport and Exercise (SE230)

  • Research Project (SE309)

  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport (SE334)

  • Research Project (SE740)

  • Cognitive Processes in Sport and Exercise Psychology (SE744)

  • Skill Acquisition in Coaching (SE762)

Previous supervision

Nicholas James Foan
Nicholas James Foan
Thesis title: “Better People Make Better Players”: Exploring the Role of Character in Rugby Union Talent Identification
Degree subject: Sport and Exercise Science
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 25/6/2021


Journal articles (12)

Moran, J., Cervera, V., Jones, B., Hope, E., Drury, B. and Sandercock, G., (2022). Can discreet performance banding, as compared to bio-banding, discriminate technical skills in male adolescent soccer players? A preliminary investigation. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 17 (2), 325-333

Morris, PO., Hope, E. and Mills, JP., (2022). The non-fitness-related benefits of exergames for young individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 94, 101953-101953

Morris, P., Mills, JP., Hope, E. and Foulsham, T., (2022). Dancing out for a voice; a narrative review of the literature exploring autism, physical activity, and dance. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

Morris, P., Hope, E., Foulsham, T. and Mills, JP., (2021). The Effectiveness of Mirroring- and Rhythm-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Review. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 8 (4), 541-561

Morris, PO., Hope, E., Foulsham, T. and Mills, JP., (2021). Dance, rhythm, and autism spectrum disorder: An explorative study. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 73, 101755-101755

Jones, B., Hope, E., Hammond, A., Moran, J., Leeder, T., Mills, J. and Sandercock, G., (2021). Play more, enjoy more, keep playing; rugby is a simple game. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 16 (3), 636-645

Morris, PO., Hope, E., Foulsham, T. and Mills, JP., (2021). Parent-reported social-communication changes in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 1-15

Moran, J., Paxton, K., Jones, B., Granacher, U., Sandercock, G., Hope, E. and Ramirez-Campillo, R., (2020). Variable long-term developmental trajectories of short sprint speed and jumping height in English Premier League academy soccer players: an applied case study. Journal of Sports Sciences. 38 (22), 2525-2531

North, JS., Hope, E. and Williams, AM., (2017). Identifying the Micro-relations Underpinning Familiarity Detection in Dynamic Displays Containing Multiple Objects. Frontiers in Psychology. 8

North, JS., Hope, E. and Williams, AM., (2017). The Role of Verbal Instruction and Visual Guidance in Training Pattern Recognition. Frontiers in Psychology. 8

North, JS., Hope, E. and Williams, AM., (2016). The relative importance of different perceptual-cognitive skills during anticipation. Human Movement Science. 49, 170-177

Williams, AM., North, JS. and Hope, ER., (2012). Identifying the mechanisms underpinning recognition of structured sequences of action. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 65 (10), 1975-1992

Reports and Papers (1)

Morris, P., Hope, E. and Mills, JP., The Non-Fitness-Related Benefits of Exergames for Young Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review

Grants and funding


Exploring the Decision-Making of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in Football

Union of European Football Associations

+44 (0) 1206 872886


ESA.3.14, Colchester Campus

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