PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship @ Loughborough University: Representation and the experiences of minorities in football coaching and leadership in Europe

minorities-coaching-leadershipFollowing the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.

The broad focus of this PhD is on representation and the experiences of minorities in football coaching and leadership in Europe. More specifically, the PhD will examine the levels of involvement in the game amongst different ethnic, cultural and religious minorities as players, coaches and in leadership positions. It will also seek to examine the range of social, cultural and institutional factors which have both enabled and constrained minority inclusion across these tiers of the game. In doing so, it will explore a number of key issues including; the extent, shape and impact of overt and coded forms of racial stereotyping, and practices of conscious and unconscious systemic bias which underpin inequality of access, opportunities and outcomes and disadvantage citizens drawn from outside dominant (white) social and cultural networks. The PhD will utilise both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and will involve working closely with key stakeholders in the sport, including; national FA’s, the FARE network and UEFA.

The PhD supervisors will be Dr Steven Bradbury and Dr Mahfoud Amara and the PhD student will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Additional guidance and support will be provided by Piara Powar, the Director of the FARE network. The PhD findings will substantially advance knowledge and understanding of processes of racialised exclusion in football and have significant transferability to wider sporting and social contexts.

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see:

Applicants will normally need to hold at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant sports science or social science based subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience of working to address issues of ‘race’ and discrimination in sport or other social settings would be an advantage. Applicants should also have excellent written and oral communication skills.

General information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at:

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Steven Bradbury at

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link:

The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015

Interviews will take place in March

Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M3

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