I am Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia, and Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath, UK. I was Director of the Institute’s earlier incarnation, the Centre for Cultural Research, between 2006 and 2009. Previously, I was Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Cultural Institutions and Practices Research Centre at The University of Newcastle, Australia.
My principal research interests revolve around contemporary media and popular culture, including tabloidisation, practices of journalism, media political economy, cultural policy, popular music, academic public communication, urban leisure, and, especially, media sport and culture.
My latest books are:
Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011)
Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (authored with Brett Hutchins, Routledge, 2012)
Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power and Culture in the Network Society (edited with Brett Hutchins, Routledge, 2013), and
Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? (edited with Jay Scherer, Routledge 2014).
I am a member of several professional academic associations: British Sociological Association, The Australian Sociological Association, Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies, Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, International Association for Media and Communication Research, and International Sociology of Sport Association. I am also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.