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Reader in Sociology of Sport, Loughborough University

Dominic Malcolm is Reader in the Sociology of Sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Following completion of a BA Politics at Nottingham University, and MA in the Sociology of Sport at the University of Leicester, he was appointed Research Associate in the Centre for Research into Sport and Society. He subsequently became Research Fellow, Lecturer and Director of Masters Programmes and completed his PhD (by published work) at Leicester in December 2004. He started at Loughborough in 2005.

Dominic has published a dozen books and over 100 journal articles and book chapaters on a wide range of subjects within the sociology of sport. Contributions to the field as a whole include The Sage Dictionary of Sports Studies (2008), Sport and Sociology (2012) and Sport and Society: a Student Introduction (2016, edited with Barrie Houlihan).

Historically much of his work has focused on cricket, and in particular aspects of violence, imperial and postcolonial relations and national identity. In 2010 he published The Changing Face of Cricket: From Imperial to Global Game (edited with Jon Gemmell and Nalin Mehta), and in 2013 Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity. This strand of work continues with the 2017 publication of Sport and English National Identity in a ‘disunited kingdom’ (edited with Tom Gibbons).

Most recently research has focused on the intersection of sport, medicine and health. This body of work includes journal articles on the working practices of doctors and physiotherapists in sport, including their and inter-professional relations and management of confidentiality, and their role in the management of pain and injury. In 2012 he published The Social Organization of Sports Medicine: Critical Socio-Cultural Perspectives (edited with P. Safai) and in 2017, Sport, Medicine and Health: the medicalization of sport?

Current research projects include: the experiences of and attitudes towards physical activity amongst those diagnosed with respiratory health problems; the social and economic costs of sports injuries; the provision of medical care in elite football and the clinical management and the social implications of the regulation of concussion in sport.

He is currently organizing a series of six seminars for the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, designed to build interdisciplinary capacity across the Centre’s five research themes and a establish a research network of clinicians, researchers, funders and third sector organizations.


  • –present
    Reader in Sociology of Sport, Loughborough University