Dr Sharon Wheeler

Job Role
Senior Lecturer in Public Health and Wellbeing


Sharon joined Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2019, having previously worked at Edge Hill University as a Lecturer in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (2017-2019), York St John University as a Lecturer in Sport Education and Development (2014-2017) and the University of Chester as Visiting Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport (2011-2014). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Chester in 2013 having also completed her MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise (2010) and BSc in Sport and Exercise Science (2009) at the same institution.

Sharon is particularly interested in ‘wicked problems’ in public health, such as inequalities, substance use and climate change. She draws primarily from sociology and psychology to understand the human mind and connections and how these help to explain health, mental health and wellbeing.


FHEA Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy; Higher Education Academy, UK

PhD Sociology of Education and Leisure; University of Chester, UK

MSc Sociology of Sport and Exercise; University of Chester, UK

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science; University of Chester, UK


  • Wicked problems in public health
  • Happiness and health
  • Compassion and health
  • Physical activity, health and green space
  • Human beings, interdependence and health



Sharon is currently Programme Leader for . She leads a number of modules on this programme area as well as on the and  


Green, K., Wheeler, S. & Johanssen (forthcoming) ‘Sport, Children, and Socialization’. In L. Wenner (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society.

Wheeler, S. & Green, K. (2019) ‘The helping, the fixtures, the kits, the gear, the gum shields, the food, the snacks, the waiting, the rain, the car rides’: Social class, parenting and children’s organised leisure. Sport, Education and Society, 24(8), 788-800.

Wheeler, S. & Green, K. (2019) Social class and the emergent organised sporting habits of primary-aged children. European Physical Education Review, 25(1), 89-108.

Wheeler, S. (2018) ‘Essential assistance’ versus ‘concerted cultivation’: Theorising class-based patterns of parenting in Britain. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 26(3), 327-344.

Wheeler, S. (2018) The (re)production of (dis)advantage: Class-based variations in parental aspirations, strategies and practices in relation to children’s primary education. Education, 3-13, 46(7), 755-769.