Sport Social Science Research

Sport Social Science

Our work

Drawing on the disciplines of economics, finance, management, sociology, sport for development and coaching, the group’s work is concerned with understanding and reflecting critically on the ways in which sport affects and impacts society.

Our group

S3RG is led by Stephen Morrow, whose research focuses on financial aspects of sport, with a particular interest in the ownership and governance of football clubs and in the changing role of the football manager.

Group members

Professor Leigh Robinson. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport and Dean of Internationalisation. Leigh’s work focuses on evaluating the governance, capacity and effectiveness of National Federations and National Olympic Committees.

Dr Justine Allen whose research focuses on coach development and what coaches do, why, and how it impacts on participants with a particular interest in the motivational climate and life skills development.

Dr Joe Bradley whose research interests lie in sport's relationship with ethnicity, nationalism, identity, race, religion and politics.

Dr Paul Dimeo whose main areas of research interest and expertise relate to drug use in sport and anti-doping policy.

Dr Andrew Kirkland whose research is concerned with the epistemology of sports coaches, understanding what coaches know and why do they know it and in relating coaching practice to academic theory.

Dr Marie Overbye whose main research areas relate to performance-enhancing strategies in elite sport, elite sporting lives and working conditions, doping and anti-doping policy.

Dr Irene Reid whose research interests are located in the critical analysis of sport as a social and cultural practice. Her work concentrates on sport, nationalism and cultural identity and media representations of identity through sport.

Dr Nicolas Scelles whose main area of research interest is the economics of professional football, more specifically on competitive balance and competitive intensity.

John Taylor who works across a broad range of sports topics including sports policy, strategic planning development, youth sport, youth leadership and sports participation.

Dr Mathieu Winand whose research examines performance management and innovation in non-profit sports organisations, particularly how they develop innovative ideas to tackle sport related issues.

Our group currently has ten PhD students.

Contact: Stephen Morrow, 01786 466495,

Twitter: @S3RGStir

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