Jonathan is one of very few political scientists who have turned their attention to sport. His recent work has highlighted the political nature of sport and how the study of sport – while worthwhile in its own right – can also be used to understand wider machinations in the political system, ranging from governance of the public sector, through the use of sport in international relations and national identity formation. Jonathan’s key area of focus is on government involvement in sport and the use of sport by governments.
He convenes a 3rd year option ‘Politics and Sport’ which looks at all aspects of sports politics, from sports mega-events to sport policy. He leads and teaches on the new MSc in Sport Policy, Business and Management which offers full-time Masters from Sept. 2014 in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. He has also written widely on research skills and research methodology.