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Dağhan Irak, PhD, is a lecturer-researcher and a former sports journalist from Istanbul, Turkey, currently based in Yorkshire, UK. He received his undergraduate degree in journalism, and Master's degree in Modern Turkish History, before having completed his doctoral research in sports sociology at the University of Strasbourg, in France. He had also worked for Eurosport TV channel, as a live commentator for ten years. Between 2018 and 2020, he taught geopolitics, history, media and popular culture at Aix-Marseille University, while he was a research fellow at MédiaLab of Sciences Po Paris. Since 2020, he has been teaching journalism and screen production at the Department of Media, Journalism and Film of the University of Huddersfield. He authored three books on the sociopolitics of football and the political use of social media in Turkey, the latest of which entitled “Football Fandom, Protest and Democracy: Supporter Activism in Turkey” was published by Routledge in 2019.


  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, University of Huddersfield
  • 2018–2020
    Lecturer, Université Aix-Marseille
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer, Université de Strasbourg
  • 2018–2018
    Researcher, Sciences Po Paris


  • 2017 
    Université de Strasbourg, Doctorat