David Howe, PhD


  • PhD - Medical Anthropology (University College, London)
  • MA - Social Anthropology (Toronto)
  • BSc - Anthropology (Trent)

Academic Appointments

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Sociocultural Studies

Research Interests

  • Culture of disability
  • Embodied philosophical ethnography
  • Ethics of Paralympism
  • Health and (dis)ability
  • Medical and policy discourse surrounding the (dis)ability sport
  • Social history of the Paralympic Movement

Additional Information

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

  • Collison, H. Darnell, S., Giulianotti, R., and Howe, P.D. (2018) Routledge Handbook for Sport Development and Peace. London: Routledge.
    Huang, C.H. and Howe, P.D. (2018) ‘Foucaudian Biopower in Action: the case of disability sport events in Taiwan, 1972-1992. The International Journal of the History of Sport
  • Darnell, S., Giulianotti, R., Howe, P.D. and Collison, H., (2018) Re-Assembling Sport for Development and Peace Through Actor Network Theory: Insights from Kingston, Jamaica Sociology of Sport Journal, Vol. 35, 89-97 https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2016-0159
  • Perkin, S.J. and Howe, P.D (2018) ‘A Foucauldian Interpretation of Paralympic sport in the United Arab Emirates: an exploration through a virtual lens’ The International Journal of the History of Sport https://doi.org/10.1080/09523367.2018.1464441
  • Howe, P. D and Silva, C. F. (2018) ‘The fiddle of using the Paralympic Games as a vehicle for expanding [dis]ability sport participation’ Sport and Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics. Vol. 21(1) 125-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2016.1225885
  • Silva, C. F. and Howe, P. D. (2018) ‘The Social Empowerment of Difference: The Potential Influence of Parasport’ Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. Vol. 29(2): 397-408. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmr.2018.01.009
  • Collison, H., Darnell, S., Giulianotti, R., Howe, P.D. (2017). Sport for Social Change and Development: Sustaining Transnational Partnerships and Adapting International Curriculums to Local Contexts in Rwanda. The International Journal of the History of Sport. doi/full/10.1080/09523367.2017.1318850
  • Kerr, S. & Howe, P. D. (2017). Using Disability Studies to Ground High-Quality Paralympic Research. Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies, 1, 117–134. Retrieved from http://diagorasjournal.com/index.php/diagoras/article/view/10
  • Howe, P. D. (2018) ‘Athlete, Anthropologist and Advocate: moving toward a lifeworld where difference is celebrated’ Sport and Society: Culture, Commerce, Media, Politics. Vol.21(4) 678-688. doi/full/10.1080/17430437.2016.1273628
  • Howe, P.D. and Silva, C. F. (2017) ‘Challenging “Normalcy”: possibilities and pitfalls of Paralympic Bodies’ in South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation. Vol. 39(1-2): 191-204.
  • Howe, P.D. and Silva, C. F. (2017) ‘The Cyborgification of Paralympic Sport’ in Movement & Sport Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1051/sm/2017014.

Teaching Areas

  • Sport, the Body and Culture
  • Olympic and Paralympic Issues

Professional Activities

  • Series editor: Disability Sport and Physical Activity Cultures with Routledge
  • Member of the scientific committee of International Paralympic Committee VISTA Conference to be held in Amsterdam in September 2019
  • Founding Member of the European Network Sport and Disabilities. Sport and Citizenship: sport serving society
  • Guest Professor on the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Adaptive Physical Activity at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2007- present)
  • Irish Research Council, Outer International Assessment Board member (2013- present)
  • Editorial Board Member
    • Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly (2011- present)
    • Diagoras: International Academic Journal on Olympic Studies (2017- present)
    • European Journal of Adapted Physical Activity (2009 – present)

Ongoing Funded Projects

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council – UK ‘Re-presenting para-sport bodies: Disability and the cultural legacy of the Paralympics’ (PI M. Silk; Co-holders C.E.M Hodges, R. Scullion, R. Rich, P. Howe, L. Misener, D. Jackson, C. F. Silva, and K. D. Stutterheim Feb 2017 – Aug 2019 £694,576.
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council – Canada, Insight Development Grant ‘Invisible Me: A SocioCultural Exploration of Women in Paralympic Sport, Past and Present’ (PI – Andrea Bundon; Co-I P.D. Howe) Sept 2016 – January 2017: $65,456 CDN.