Dr Tansin Benn was a Professor at the University of Birmingham, UK, where she worked, for 27 years in the School of Education after initially teaching in schools. She became an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK from 2012 – 2017 and is now an independent scholar.She is a past president of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), an Executive Board member from 2005 – 2017 and author of the recent history ‘IAPESGW 1999 – 2019’. She also served on the Executive Board of the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) and the International Committee of Sport Pedagogy (ICSP).
Dr Benn started her career as a teacher of physical education and dance and was a volunteer coach and international judge in the sport of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics for over 20 years. She has been an eminent researcher in the social sciences with many publications focusing on gender, culture, diversity and ethnicity. She is most highly acclaimed for her work with Muslim women and sport in the UK and internationally. She has won several awards for her research including from: the Women’s Sport Foundation, USA; the Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation, UK; and ICSSPE; and she won a Leverhulme Fellowship to conduct research with Muslim women physical educators in Oman. Dr Benn has been a keynote and invited speaker across the world including Iran, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Turkey, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, India, China, Japan, Cuba, South Africa, USA, Europe and Australia.