Dr Katie Liston has worked in the Irish and UK Universities sector since 1998. She completed her PhD in sociology at University College Dublin and was the first academic to examine the experiences of elite sportswomen on the island. She joined Ulster University in 2008 as part of the teaching and research team in the social sciences of sport. Dr Liston is a senior researcher in the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute, core member of the Centre for Sport in Society and she specialises in the analysis of the links between sport and identity, including pain and injury, national identity, gender and Irish-British relations
Dr Liston is a former elite athlete whose sporting background includes national and international honours in team sports (Gaelic football, rugby union and football/soccer) and wide-ranging administrative, management and coaching experience. She is also Director of Inspire Education and a regular media contributor to various print and radio outlets on the island of Ireland.