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Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2021 as a Lecturer in the School of Education. I am a sociologist of education that conducts research and teaches on topics related to qualitative research methods, critical theory, health and physical education, and sociocultural foundations of Education. I received my PhD from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and two postgraduate degrees (EdM and MA) from Columbia University (New York, USA). I have held previous academic appointments at the University of Auckland and Towson University (Maryland, USA) in the areas of sociology of education, health and physical education, and research methods in education. In 2019-2020, I held an honorary academic appointment at Teachers College, Columbia University. I currently serve on the Editorial Boards at Sport, Education and Society (Q1, Routledge) and Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.

Research Interests

Dr. Dillon Landi has a research background in the sociology of education with specific interests in qualitative methods, social theories, health and physical education, and gender/ sexuality. He has published papers in prestigious journals in fields such as gender studies, education, health and physical education, and research methods. Dr. Landi won the paper of the year award from Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy (Q1, Routledge) for his work on queer inclusivity in health and physical education. His PhD thesis examined LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences in sexuality, health, and physical education in Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2019, Dr. Landi won the Lawrence F. Locke Graduate Student Research Award from the American Educational Research Association.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Research Design and Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Sexuality and Relationships Education
  • Critical Social Theory
  • Sociology of Education: Gender and LGBTQ+ Issues

Teaching Interests

Current Taught Papers/ Courses:

  • Methods of Enquiry, Literature and Scholarship (PG)
  • Education Studies Professional Values (Sociology of Education) (PG)
  • Health and Wellbeing: Policy, Practice and Pedagogy (PG)
  • Social Research Methods (UG)
  • Policy and Politics in Education (UG)

Previous Taught Papers/ Courses:

  • Research Design in Movement Science and Education (PG)
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research (PG)
  • Data Analysis in Qualitative Research (PG)
  • Social Theory in Health, Physical Activity and Education (PG)
  • Sociocultural Foundations of Education (PG)
  • Sexuality Education Teaching Methods (UG)
  • Mental Health Education Teaching Methods (UG)
  • Assessment in Health and Physical Education (UG)
  • Introduction to Health and PE (UG)
  • Sociology of Sport (UG)

Academic / Professional qualifications

Editorial Board Member

  • Sport, Education and Society
  • Frontiers in Sports and Active Living

Peer Reviewer 

  • Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
  • Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Journal of Sociology
  • Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology
  • Journal of Gender Studies
  • European Physical Education Review
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Education
  • Policy Futures in Education
  • Educational Policy
  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
  • Journal of Homosexuality
  • American Journal of Sexuality Education
  • Curriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education
  • Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
  • Journal of Physical Activity and Health
  • Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport
  • Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise
  • International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Auckland

Award Date: 18 Oct 2019

Master of Education, Columbia University

Award Date: 13 Feb 2015

Master of Arts, Columbia University

Award Date: 18 Feb 2012

Bachelor of Science, Campbell University

Award Date: 15 May 2010


  • Health Education
  • LGBT
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sexuality Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Physical Education
  • Sport
  • Social Theory


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  • Beyond the BEEPs: affect, FitnessGram®, and diverse youth

    Safron, C. & Landi, D., 4 Aug 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Sport, Education and Society. 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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  • Outside the box: LGTBQ-inclusive physical activity programs

    Landi, D., 31 Dec 2021, Before- and After-School Physical Activity Programs: Frameworks, Critical Issues, and Underserved Populations. Marttinen, R., Centeio, E. E. & Quarmby, T. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon, p. 154-165 12 p. (Routledge Studies in Physical Education and Youth Sport).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter