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)

Morris, P., Mills, JP., Hope, E. and Foulsham, T., (2023). Dancing out for a voice; a narrative review of the literature exploring autism, physical activity, and dance. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 33, 202-215

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., 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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