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Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kevin Dixon is a social scientist specialising in the sociology of sport, exercise, leisure, and health. He was awarded his PhD ‘A sociological investigation into football fandom as consumption in the age of liquid modernity’ from Staffordshire University in 2011 and from this he published his first monograph ‘Consuming Football in Late Modern Life’ (Routledge, 2013, re-released in paperback, 2019). His latest monograph (with Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland), Screen Society (Routledge, 2018) ventures outside of the realm of sport, eliciting the thoughts and opinions of 2000 participants to draw together insights into today's digital society as seen by the users of smartphones, tablets, and computers. This book, which includes an analysis of digital health, challenges accepted wisdom on many of the so-called problems associated with screen use. Kevin has also co-edited (with Tom Gibbons) ‘The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing contrasts increasing varieties’ as well as another co-edited text with Ellis Cashmore entitled ‘Studying Football’ (Routledge, 2016). His latest book (with Jamie Cleland and Daniel Kilvington) ‘Online Research Methods in Sports Studies' (Routledge, 2020) is designed to be used as a resource for students and researchers, as well as an aid for lecturers who teach on sport related courses. Kevin has also published in a range of international peer reviewed journals and has chapters in many edited books on social issues relative to sport, exercise, leisure, and health. Dr Dixon welcomes applications from PhD candidates.

Key Publications

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  • Analyzing the presence of homosexually-themed language amongst association football fans in the United Kingdom, Cleland, J., Cashmore, E., Dixon, K., MacDonald, C. 21 Apr 2021, In: Communication and Sport
  • An investigation into the suitability of initial teacher training for the inclusion of disabled children in Physical Education in England, Gibbons, T., Braye, S., Dixon, K., Innerd, A. 15 Nov 2021
  • Disabled children still face exclusion in PE, Gibbons, T., Dixon, K., Braye, S. 5 Nov 2021, In: Researching Education
  • Disabled children still face exclusion in PE – here’s what needs to change, Gibbons, T., Dixon, K. 14 Oct 2021
  • Fan Reflections on Sexuality in Women’s Football in the United Kingdom, Cleland, J., Cashmore, E., Dixon, K., MacDonald, C. 13 Nov 2021, In: Journal of Sport and Social Issues
  • Football is Ready for Openly Gay Players, Cashmore, E., Cleland, J., Dixon, K. 24 Feb 2021
  • Sport, Spectatorship, and Fandom, Dixon, K. 1 Jan 2021, Oxford Handbook of Sport and Society, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Still Outsiders: The inclusion of disabled children and young people in Physical Education in England, Dixon, K., Braye, S., Gibbons, T. 5 Apr 2021, In: Disability & Society
  • Why do sports fans support or oppose the inclusion of trans women in women’s sports? An empirical study of fairness and gender identity, Cleland, J., Cashmore, E., Dixon, K. 27 Jun 2021, In: Sport in Society
  • Demand and the reduction of consumer power in English football: a historical case-study of newcastle United fanzine, the Mag 1988–1999, Dixon, K. 2 Jan 2020, In: Soccer & Society


  • Sociology PhD January 01 2011
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2020

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