Dr Mark Doidge, Senior Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences, will be speaking on “fan activism” at the British Science Festival, hosted by Swansea University and supported by Siemens, between 6-9 September.
Dr Doidge said: “Earlier this year, thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of their football match against Sunderland in protest to the decision to increase ticket prices. This is one of many examples of fan activism as they struggle to shape the direction of their clubs.
“Football fans represent one of the most active political groups in contemporary Europe. By ‘political’, it’s not necessarily around ideological politics of left and right, even if this does come into it. By ‘political’, it is about mobilising as a group to champion fan culture, to lobby politicians and to challenge legal and police repression.