The University of Brighton took a pioneering role in the development of sport and leisure research and it has been a key discipline at the university for over 40 years.
Research of international standing and impact has characterised the department throughout this time, and we welcome PhD students to join an environment that takes a critical perspective on sport and leisure and develops a public-facing, interventionist social science.
Recent and current PhD students have been successful in obtaining studentships covering both fees and living costs through the University of Brighton’s involvement in the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Programme.
Current areas of expertise include race and racism; the politics of, in, and surrounding sport; coastal and seaside leisure, refugees; migration; the politics of movement; identity politics; social movements; football cultures and fandom; labour rights; sport and international development; gender and sexuality; sports tourism; combat sports; and sports media and journalism; sport and violence; acculturation; coach-athlete relationships; and cross-cultural communication.
Our current and recent sport and leisure PhD students are investigating a range of topics in relation to marginalised communities in sport, such as women in Palestine, refugee women, bisexual sportspeople, transgender sportspeople, community action in Rio de Janeiro, and seaside gentrification.
Much of our work has real-world application and staff are well-connected to a variety of sporting, development, social justice and human rights organisations. We have our own Sport for Development and Peace NGO, Football4Peace International, and are home to the Love Fighting, Hate Violence anti-violence initiative.
We offer PhD study in both full and part-time modes and welcome students with significant professional experience, who are able to use and share the career skills they have developed, as well as those who have recently completed first degrees and wish to take advantage of their academic momentum.
Many of our graduates continue in academia, becoming lecturers or post-doctoral researchers. Other recent jobs include Head of Commercial Activity at a professional club in Scandinavia and Head of Community Development at a professional club in England.