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Principal Research Fellow in Sociology of Sport, University of Brighton

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

He is an expert in the sociology of European football fan cultures and the author of Football Italia: Italian Football in an Age of Globalization (2015, Bloomsbury Academic) and co-author of Ultras: the passion and performance of contemporary football fandom (2020, Manchester University Press, wtih Kossakovski and Mintert), and Collective Action and Football Fandom (2018, PalgraveMacmillan, with Cleland, Millward and Widdop). Dr Doidge is also co-author of The Short Guide to Sociology (2020, Policy Press, with Saini), and co-editor of Sociologists’ Tales (2015, Policy Press, with Twamley and Scott) and Transforming Sport (2018, Rouledge, with Carter and Burdsey).

Dr Doidge’s latest research focuses on the role football can play in our understanding of important social issues such as hate crime, climate change and refugees & migration. He has won AHRC funding on footbal and hate crime (an AHRC Network Grant on Football and Hate Crime, and an AHRC UK-Ireland Digitial Humanities Grant on Online Hate). He is also researching the role football can play in communicating about cliamte change. In addition, he researches 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' and a British Academy funded project on Football and Refugees.


  • –present
    Research Fellow in Sociology of Sport, University of Brighton


  • 2010 
    University of Exeter, PhD