Ian Boardley

Colleges, School and Institutes


After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science (1st class) at the University of Leeds, Dr. Boardley continued his studies at the University of Birmingham where he obtained a PhD in Sport Psychology. On completing his PhD in 2008, he immediately secured a post at the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Education, was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2016 and recently promoted to Reader in 2020.

Research interests

Ian's work focusses on furthering understanding on the psychosocial processes governing moral behavior in sport and exercise, with a predominant focus on the processes that underpin use of performance enhancing substances. Dr. Boardley is internationally recognized for his work introducing the construct of moral disengagement to the field of sport and exercise psychology. A fairly unique aspect of his research is the use of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, dependent on the specific research question/s being addressed.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy

    Moral Disengagement in Sport

    1 Sep 2005 - 31 Oct 2008

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Ian Boardley’s research investigates personal and social factors influencing prosocial and antisocial behaviour in sport and exercise. His work investigates antecedents of on-field behaviours such as helping (ie, prosocial) and injuring (ie, antisocial) other players, as well as off-field behaviours, with a particular focus on the use of performance enhancing drugs (ie, doping). His work in the field of doping has been supported by funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). His research interests also include coaching efficacy and effectiveness and their influences on athlete behaviour and motivation.

Dr Boardley currently supervises three doctoral researchers, and welcomes applications from potential students in his areas of research interest.