Sports Scholar Profile | Russell Holden, Southampton Solent University

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  • Director, In the Zone Sport and Politics Consultancy
  • Associate lecturer, Southampton Solent University


Research  interest

  • The use and abuse of sport by politicians, with reference to the influences of economic, social, and international politics agendas.
  • Exploring the Decline of Afro-Caribbean Cricket in England and the issues behind the falling out of love with a game central to West Indian heritage and liberation from colonial history.

Ongoing research

  • An exploration of the tensions central to the decisions made by the International Cricket Council and national governing boards regarding the game’s priorities and future, noting the changing power dynamic between these organisations and the “Indianisation” of the sport in the context of globalization theory.


  • Co-Founder, Political Studies Association Sport and Politics Specialist Study Group,

Selected publications

  • The Politics of Sport. Community, Mobility and Identity, R. Holden & P. Gilchrist (eds.) Routledge 2011
  • Book review of Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings, J. Maguire & M. Falcous (eds.) Routledge 2010; in Leisure/Loisir Vol 35 No 1 2011
  • ”International Cricket – The Hegemony of Commerce, the Decline of Government Interest and the End of Morality” in Sport in Society Vol 12 No 4/5 2009


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