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Deputy Head of School (Research), University of Brighton

Daniel’s research focuses on the areas of race, ethnicity and popular culture. It is linked fundamentally by its central theme of qualitative observational research on ethnicities as lived in public cultures/spaces, and emphasises notions of social justice, sociological intervention and academic activism. Much of his work to date has focused on British Asian experiences in sport (especially football). His more recent interests lie both within the sociology of the seaside and “new” spaces of multiculture.

His latest book is Race, Place and the Seaside: Postcards from the Edge (Palgrave, 2016), and he is also the author of British Asians and Football: Culture, Identity, Exclusion (Routledge, 2007). He is the editor of Race, Ethnicity and Football: Persisting Debates and Emergent Issues (Routledge, 2011). He is the co-editor of Sport and South Asian Diasporas: Playing Through Time and Space (Routledge, 2014, with Stanley Thangaraj and Rajinder Dudrah) and Coastal Cultures: Liminality and Leisure (Leisure Studies Association, 2014, with Paul Gilchrist and Thomas Carter).

During the late 1990s he was a member of the Leicester City FC Anti-Racist Task Force initiated the Foxes Against Racism project and he has since carried out consultancy work on British Asian football fans (with the Asian Football Network) for the FA Premier League and Fulham FC.

Dan has been interviewed about his research on BBC Radio 4 (The Sinha Test; Thinking Allowed); BBC Five Live (Worricker on Sunday; Five Live Sport); BBC Asian Network (Anita Rani Show; Breakfast Show); BBC Sussex (Sarah Gorrell Show); BBC West Midlands (Midlands Masala); and Radio Ramadan Edinburgh (Sports Show). His work has been featured in/on Four Four Two, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, Sunrise Radio, The Sikh Times, The Asian News and The Islam Channel.

Dan is an assessor for the Australian Research Council; and a member of the editorial boards for International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Leisure Studies, Sociological Research Online and Sociology of Sport Journal.

He obtained an Upper Second Class BSc (Hons) in Sport and Recreation Studies (University of Birmingham, 1998), an MA (Distinction) in Sociology of Sport (University of Leicester, 1999) and a PhD in Sociology (Brunel University, 2004).


  • 2004–present
    Deputy Head of School (Research), University of Brighton