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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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I am a Senior Lecturer within the School of Sport. My PhD investigated organisational change on managers, staff, and youth participants in para-sport.

I am interested in how social justice is developed through sport, that said I am also interested in how injustice is exacerbated through sport. I examine how management facilitates the discrimination of disabled people and along with colleagues, I am also interested the nexus between sport business, marketing, and gambling.

I am a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and my teaching and supervision focuses on leadership, management, and justice in and through sport organisations.

PhD research supervision:

  • Tunde Adebisi: Football Gambling and Youth in Africa (2025) (Supervisor)
  • Sara Douglas: Placing the athlete in the centre: what are Visually-impaired athletes’ experiences of classification, and how can we improve it? (2024) (Supervisor)
  • Erin McEvoy: Women, Gambling Addictions and Gambling Marketing (2024) (Lead Supervisor)
  • Connor Penfold: The Disabled Supporter as an Activist for Social Inclusion in English Football (completed 2024) (Lead Supervisor)
  • Kyle Ferguson: An analysis of the management process in sport for development projects in Northern Ireland (completed 2021) (Supervisor)

MPhil research supervision:

  • Marc Mac Sharry: A Study of the Political Challenges Associated with the Hosting of an International Cross-Border Sporting Event – Case Study WRC Rally Ireland 2007 (completed 2023) (Supervisor)

External Examiner and External Reviewer roles:

  • Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Campus: External Examiner – Bachelor in Sport and Recreation Management, 2021-current.
  • Bournemouth University, Panel Member, 2024. Validation of MSc Sport Business and Leadership, MSc Sport Innovation and Entrepreneurship, MSc Safe Sport.
  • Leeds Beckett University, Panel member, 2023. Revalidation of BA (Hons) Sport Marketing.
  • European Association of Sport Management: Awards Committee (2021-ongoing)
  • PhD, External Examiner, Yanbing Chen, (UCD, Ireland), 2021.
  • PhD, External Examiner, Simone McCarthy (Deakin, Australia), 2021.
  • UFCB/UEL, Chair of External Quality Panel, 2020-2021. Validation of 9 UFCB BSc (Hons) courses by UEL.
  • Huddersfield University, Panel member, 2020. for BA (hons) Sport & Leisure Management.
  • PhD, External Examiner, Aurélie Pankowiak (Victoria University, Australia) 2020.
  • PhD, External Examiner, James Joachim (University of Technology Sydney) 2020.
  • Viva Chair, Lisa Gordon (MPhil) 2020.
  • MPhil, External Examiner, Nicholas Ashley (Edge Hill University, UK),
  • U92 Salford, Panel member, 2019. Validation of BA (Hons) Sport Management.
  • Viva Chair, Athol Thomson (PhD) 2019.
  • PhD, Internal Examiner, John Bustard 2018.
  • PhD, Internal Examiner, Liz Carlin 2018.
  • PhD, Internal Examiner, Elizabeth Rogers, 2018.
  • Brighton University, Panel member, 2017. Revalidation of BSc (Hons) Sport Management.
  • PhD, External Examiner, Jonathan Roberston (Victoria University, Australia), 2017.
  • PhD, External Examiner, Russel Cowley (Coventry University, UK), 2017.
  • Associate Editor – Managing Sport & Leisure, 2016-2021.
  • Sligo Institute of Technology: Bachelor of Business: External Examiner – Sport Business, 2016 – 2020.
  • PhD, External Examiner, Kenneth Cortsen (Aarhus University, Denmark), 2016.
  • Liverpool John Moores University: External Examiner – BSc (Hons) Sport Business, 2015 – 2019.
  • Sheffield Hallam University, Panel member, 2014 Validation of MSc Sport Management.
  • Editorial Board Member – Managing Sport & Leisure, 2014-current.
  • Waterford Institute of Technology: External Examiner – Bachelor of Business: Sport and Recreation Management, 2009 –2012.
  • International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship: Deputy Editor (2009-2010)
  • London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries: Inaugural editor (2008-2011)

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Loughborough University

1 Sept 200810 Oct 2014

Award Date: 15 Dec 2014


  • HD28 Management. Industrial Management
  • Gambling


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