Irene A Reid is a Lecturer in Sociology of Sport at the University of Stirling. Her academic background is in the sociology of sport and she taught this subject at the University of Stirling and at De Montfort University's Bedford campus (the predecessor to the University of Bedfordshire) from 1992 until 1997.
Irene's undergraduate degree was in Human Movement Studies (Dunfermline College of Physical Education, Edinburgh); she has an MA in Sociology of Sport (Queen's University, Kingston, Canada) and a PhD (University of Stirling).
Prior to moving into the University sector Irene worked in sports development and administration in Scotland with Perth and Kinross District Council and the Scottish Sports Council. She also taught Physical Education in the secondary school and further education sector.
Irene's 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. Her research focuses on the relationship between sport and nationhood in Scotland, and has included work on football, shinty and curling. She has also examined discourses of nationhood and othering in radio coverage of sport and in sports-related comedy in Scotland. She is curerently working on a new project that examines place of sport in public narratives associated with the independence debate in Scotland. A secondary area of research interest concerns sport and gender.
Dennehy J & Reid IA (2018) Scotland: Over the Starting Line or Still in the Blocks? (Forthcoming). In: Elling A, Hovdin J, Knoppers A (ed.). Gender Diversity in European Sport Governance, London: Routledge.
Reid IA (2013) He's back! But Scotland's national demon never left: Revisiting media representations of Neil Lennon and narratives of bigotry. In: Flint J, Kelly J (ed.). Bigotry, Football and Scotland: Perspectives and Debates, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 145-162.
Reid IA & Bradley J (2007) They Don't Understand Our Culture: Narratives of Outsiders and Otherness in Scottish Football Culture. 8th Annual Conference of the European Sociological Association: "Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society", 3.9.2007 - 6.9.2007, Glasgow, UK.