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Samantha Punch
Samantha Punch
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Sept. 17, 2015
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Bridge Player
about me

Professor of Sociology at the University of Stirling, UK. Working to establish the 'Sociology of Bridge' as a new academic field and leading the Keep Bridge Alive campaign. Currently undertaking several bridge research projects, such as an exploration of partnership interactions and team dynamics including gendered inequalities; and a survey on the social benefits of playing bridge.

I play bridge for Scotland - in the women's team since 2008 (semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016; 6 UK Lady Milne wins; qualifying for Venice Cup 2019) and in the open Camrose team (2013, 2016-18).   Twitter: @soc_of_bridge

United Kingdom

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Bridge Accomplishments
Winning Transnational Commonwealth Teams in Glasgow 2014; 6 wins UK Lady Milne Home Internationals; Semi-finalist World Bridge Games 2016 in Wroclaw, qualifying for Venice Cup 2019.
Regular Bridge Partners
Paula Leslie, Stephen Peterkin, Tim Rees
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KBA: Reflections on Learning to Play Bridge
I have to say when introducing the Sociology Bridge PhD student, Kevin, to the Bridge Winners community, as an outside observer to our game, then we did both hope he would be welcomed more warmly. It is also disappointing because I heard recently about perceived negative reactions to new players ...
KBA: Reflections on Learning to Play Bridge
For general clarity and background info - we did have two card playing sessions first, and then were trying out a new 8 fast track lessons course. This was always going to be challenging and everyone was warned about the experimental nature of trying to teach the basics over 8 weekly ...
Keep Bridge Alive
I have been asked a few questions about donating in other currencies. The Crowdfunder accepts credit cards (visa, mastercard etc) so they make the conversion from Pounds Sterling to Dollars (or another currency). So £10 (pounds sterling) is about 13 US dollars. Or the other way round, 20 dollars is ...
Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Shame you don't still have the thesis Norman, would've been great to read it. Which discipline was it for? Did it also discuss the possible reasons for the gender differences, i.e. nature versus nurture?
Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Thanks for your comments Nigel. I'm certainly keen to investigate China's approach and would love to set up a meeting before the Venice Cup with people involved in promoting bridge in China. If anyone knows who I could contact for this, do let me know.
Gender and Bridge in 'the Zone'
Apologies that was the link to the show on 19 Dec. Today's one is:
Bridge Research Projects
The intention was to use something 'punchy' (pun intended) to catch the attention of the media so that we can promote all the positive reasons for greater investment in bridge. The initial campaign will run throughout February and March (closing at the end of the Memphis national) and one of ...
Sociology of Bridge on the Bridge Zone
Yes both papers in relation to the survey with 7000 bridge players are available on EBED's website: McDonnell, D., Punch, S. and Small, C. (2017) Individual Wellbeing and Bridge: An Empirical Analysis, Aylesbury: English Bridge Education & Development (EBED), Galbraith, C., Punch, S. and ...
Sociology of Bridge on the Bridge Zone
Please note that we would like to include any comments posted here anonymously in our ongoing research. Please indicate if you don't want anything included (or PM me), thanks.
Guidelines for BBO Vugraph Commentators
I agree that voice is great. It's just not the same entertainment without it. The Roland/Bird duo is always fun to listen to. For me it's (C) so long as there's voice available.

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