Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University

I am Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Australia, Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath, UK and Research Associate in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London, 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.

I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in 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:

Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of ‘Nationing’ in Contemporary Australia (edited with Graeme Turner and Emma Waterton, Routledge, 2018).

Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? (edited with Jay Scherer, Routledge 2014).

Digital Media Sport: Technology, Power and Culture in the Network Society (edited with Brett Hutchins, Routledge, 2013)

Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (authored with Brett Hutchins, Routledge, 2012)

Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011)

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.


  • –present
    Professor of Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney


  • 1986 
    University of Essex, UK, PhD, Sociology