Connor Penfold, (PhD Researcher)

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Connor is a PhD researcher in the School of Sport. Connor graduated from Southampton Solent University with a First-Class Honours degree in (BA) Football Studies, before obtaining a Distinction from his Master of Arts in Culture, Society and Globalisation at the University of York. Connor was awarded a full three-year PhD scholarship at Ulster University.

Connor's PhD research focuses on disability activism, social inclusion and football fandom. His research interests include the sociology of sport; social inequalities; social inclusion; football; fandom; identity; social media; and qualitative research methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MA Culture, Society and Globalisation, University of York


Award Date: 30 Sept 2019

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Football Studies, Southampton Solent University, UK


Award Date: 22 Aug 2018


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Qualitative methods
  • HM Sociology
  • Sport
  • Football
  • Fans
  • Social inclusion
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social justice
  • Disability
  • Social Media


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