Stephen is Senior Lecturer in Sport Finance at the University of Stirling. He was Head of the Department of Sports Studies, the predecessor to the School of Sport, for five years until summer 2011. His academic background is in accountancy and finance and he was a lecturer in these subjects at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from 1990 until 2000. Stephen is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and trained with the international firm of accountants, Ernst & Young.
Stephen's research concentrates on financial aspects in sport, particularly in the football industry. He is the author of The People's Game? Football, finance and society (Palgrave, 2003) and The Business of Football: Image Management in Narrative Communication (2005, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland). Ongoing research work includes projects on Leadership in football management, Financial fair play and Football club reporting. His knowledge transfer activities include leading workshops on Management Training for Football Managers as part of the SFA/UEFA Pro Licence.