Dr John Day

School of Health and Social Care
Dr John Day



John is a Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care, where he co-leads research training for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He holds a PhD from Canterbury Christ Church University and has designed, conducted and disseminated substantive qualitative research studies in the areas of physical activity and men’s experiences of living with obesity. He is currently writing and publishing work from both studies. John was previously the Research Manager at Healthwatch Essex, where studies conducted by the research team that he led were funded by the UKRI, Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund. John has also been commissioned by Essex County Council to develop weight management programmes and by Healthwatch England to deliver qualitative research design sessions for local Healthwatch across England. Research Interests: • Physical activity • Families • Obesity • Men’s health • Life histories • Generational sociology


  • PhD Canterbury Christ Church University,

  • MSc University of Chester,

  • PGCE Edge Hill University,

  • BSc (Hons) Loughborough University & University of Technology Sydney,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Clinical Research 1 (HS763)

  • Clinical Research 2 (HS773)

  • Clinical Research 3 (HS783)

Current supervision


Journal articles (4)

Day, J. and Krauze, S., (2023). Valued tactics: Men's reframing of participation in football-based weight management programmes as a working utopia of collective action. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health. 3, 100228-100228

Day, J., (2023). The intensification of parenting and generational fracturing of spontaneous physical activity from childhood play in the United Kingdom. Sociology of Health & Illness

Day, J., Burns, J. and Weed, M., (2022). The Sentient, Skilled and Situated of Sustaining a Physical Activity Career: Pleasurable Interpretations of Corporeal Ambiguity. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 57 (7), 1061-1077

Day, J., (2020). Negotiating fatherhood: sport and family practices. Leisure Studies. 39 (3), 463-464

Book chapters (1)

Day, J., (2017). Physical activity, families and households. In: Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. 298- 310. 9781138943087

Conferences (11)

Day, J., Weight management in context: services, practice and social support. Weight Management Training for Primary Care, NHS Mid Essex CCG Time to Learn, 21 Sep 2021

Day, J., Research issues in the sociology of physical activity, health and well-being in the context of ‘families’. Psychology, Sociology and Politics Conference for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers, Sheffield Hallam University, 26 Jun 2014

Day, J., “Then it started...” physical activity, sibship intimacies and well-being. World Congress for the International Sociology of Sport Association, L’Université Paris Descartes, 11 Jun 2015

Day, J., Physical activity careers and oral histories of family membership: a synthesised approach to understanding physical activity and wellbeing in family contexts. World Congress for the International Sociology of Sport Association, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, 10 Jun 2016

Day, J., The social becoming of family memberships and physical activity careers. 5th International Conference for Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, University of Chichester, 31 Aug 2016

Day, J., Physical activity, wellbeing and families. Leisure Studies Association, Evaluation in Sport, Leisure & Wellbeing, Bournemouth University, 09 May 2018

Day, J., Experiences of gaining weight amongst men living with obesity: Battling life course expectations and unanticipated events. ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Supporting People Living with Obesity, Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, 19 May 2021

Day, J., Lived experiences of obesity and reflections on researching families. Parental and Childhood Obesity Early Prevention Research Group, University of East Anglia Health and Social Care Partners, University of East Anglia, 16 Oct 2019

Day, J., Work, work, eat, work: Weight gain and work pressures amongst men living with obesity. University of Essex Centre for Work, Organisation and Society (CWOS) Research Seminar, University of Essex, 20 Oct 2021

Day, J., Men’s experiences of weight cycling, weight management practices and living with obesity

Day, J., Men’s experiences of weight cycling, weight management practices and living with obesity

Grants and funding


Community Research and Engagement Programme (COURAGE)

UK Research and Innovation



Colchester Campus

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