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Professor in Sociology and Sport, Edge Hill University

Mike Hartill is Professor of the Sociology of Sport at Edge Hill University (Department of Social Sciences) and director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport (CPSS). He has conducted research into child sexual exploitation in sport for the past twenty years, working on a number of national and international projects aimed at preventing abuse of children in sport. He has delivered undergraduate programmes on child welfare in sport since 2002 and authored research articles, book chapters and the research monograph 'Sexual abuse in youth sport: a sociocultural analysis' (Routledge, 2016). Recent projects include the VOICE Project - a collaboration between eight European countries focused on the experiences of victims of sexual abuse in sport - and the CASES (Child Abuse in Sport: European Statistics) Project (both funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme). He is an academic expert on sexual violence in sport and recently acted as the child protection in sport expert for the English Football Association's independent review into allegations of child sexual abuse in football led by Clive Sheldon QC. Mike works with many organisations such as the Council of Europe, Sport England, the Football Association, NWG Network, the Child Protection in Sport Unit, Lime Culture, and Survivors Manchester. Mike is also a trustee of the Male Survivors Partnership (MSP).


  • 2016–2020
    Reader, Edge Hill University