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Scholarly biography

Dr Mark Doidge is currently a Senior Research Fellow and co-convenor of the Sport Studies Group for the British Sociological Association (BSA). He is also Director of the Anti-Discrimination Division of Football Supporters Europe (FSE).

He is an expert in European football fan cultures and the author of Football Italia: Italian Football in an Age of Globalization (2015, Bloomsbury Academic) and co-author of Collective Action and Football Fandom (2018, PalgraveMacmilan, with Cleland, Millward and Widdop). Thanks to a UEFA Grant, he researched anti-racism in Poland, Germany and Italy. Dr Doidge is also the co-editor of Sociologists’ Tales (2015, Bristol: Policy Press, with Twamley and Scott) and Transforming Sport (2018, Rouledge, with Carter and Burdsey)..

Dr Doidge’s latest research focuses on how football fans are helping refugees, both through practical support in camps and local communities, and through consciousness raising and fundraising. He is also interested in the role sport more generally can play in helping refugees. He has recently worked in partnership with Brighton Table Tennis Club on a Sport England funded 'Refugee Integration Project'.

Research interests

My research predominantly focuses on the political and social role of football fans. This includes the positive affect fans can have in challenging discrimination in football, and helping local communities and refugees. This invariably brings fans into conflict with the various regulatory bodies, such as football federations, governments and the police. Understanding the wider political economy of football helps situate these conflicts in their wider context.

Supervisory Interests

Mark is interested in supervising anyone with a passion for critically examining sport or fandom. This can be through the mobilisation of football fans around the world, challenging discrimination in and through sport, understanding sport governance and corruption or the role sport can play with refugees and asylum seekers.

Approach to teaching

I am passionate about the discipline of sociology and my research and I seek to bring this passion to the classroom through research-informed teaching. My style involves having a clear narrative that critically engages with the theoretical and practical aspects of the topic. Where possible, all examples will be contemporary and I use a wide range of videos, case studies and visuals to engage students in a variety of ways. I consistently receive good feedback from students, and have been nominating for teaching awards at Exeter and Brighton.

Critical engagement is central to my teaching. Students should have an enquiring mind and be willing to challenge their own ideas, me, and theoretical concepts.

I actively seek feedback in order to improve my teaching. As an External Examiner at other universities I can see how things are done elsewhere and I try and incorporate these into my own approach.

I teach on a wide range of undergraduate modules related to sociology, social movements, sport, politics, and sports policy. I have also taught at the University of Exeter and St Mary's University College, Twickenham where I taught a range of sociology and sociology of sport modules.

External positions

Study Group Convenor, British Sociological Association

2017 → …

Member of Inclusion Advisory Group, Sussex County Football Association

2017 → …

Convenor of Sport Study Group, British Sociological Association

2016 → …

Director of Anti-Discrimination Division

2015 → …

Trustee, Hummingbird Refugee Project

2015 → …

Committee Member , Sanctuary on Sea

2013 → …

Early Career Forum Convenor, British Sociological Association


Postgraduate Forum Convenor, British Sociological Association



  • GV Recreation Leisure
  • HM Sociology
  • Sport
  • Refugees
  • Forced Migration

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Research Output 2012 2018

BTTC Refugee Integration Project - Final Report

Doidge, M. & Sandri, E. May 2018 Brighton. 69 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Collective Action and Football Fandom: A Relational Sociological Approach

Cleland, J., Doidge, M., Millward, P. & Widdop, P. 19 Mar 2018 Basingstoke. 221 p. (Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology)

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Refugees United: The role of activism and football in supporting refugees

Doidge, M. 30 Jan 2018 Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices and Structures. Carter, T., Burdsey, D. & Doidge, M. (eds.). Abingdon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Something has got to be done about this: Transforming Sport, Selves, and Scholarship

Burdsey, D., Carter, T. & Doidge, M. 30 Jan 2018 Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices and Structures. Carter, T., Burdsey, D. & Doidge, M. (eds.). Abingdon

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Transforming Sport: Knowledges, Practices, Structures

Carter, T. (ed.), Burdsey, D. (ed.) & Doidge, M. (ed.) 30 Jan 2018 UK. 296 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - edited

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