ResearchMy main areas of research interest and expertise relate to drug use in sport and anti-doping policy.
Fulbright Scholar I was a visiting Fulbright Commission Scholar at the University of Texas, Austin from September to December 2012, working on a project entitled: ‘The Doping of Elite Athletes in International Sport and the Politics of the Cold War, 1950-1990'.
Teaching I am the co-ordinator of SPS9SP Sports Policy. I also contribute to SPS9R7 Readings in Sports Studies, SPS9D8 Sports Dissertation and dissertation supervision.
My major research interest is doping in sport and the development of anti-doping policies. This has led to several publications including the prize-winning monograph A History of Drug Use in Sport, 1876-1976: Beyond Good and Evil (Routledge, 2007). I hace recently completed three projects funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency. I have published on other policy issues including racism in sport, the migration of football players, tourism, and hosting major sports events.Research Grants
2013 - Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (P-I), The United States’ Government Policy on Drug Misuse in Sport, 1972-1988 (£1750)
2012 - World Anti-Doping Agency, Examining coaches' perspectives on their roles and responsibilities with regard to athletes' use of performance enhancing substances. (co-I) £11,700.
2011 - World Anti-Doping Agency, ‘Team dynamics and doping in sport: A risk or a protective factor?', £21,225
2010 - British Academy, ‘The Sports Doping Policy in the former East Germany, 1968-1990', £7,498
2010 - World Anti-Doping Agency, ‘Doping Behaviour, Causes and Prevention in Elite Level Kenyan Athletes: an empirical investigation', £25,014
2010 - British Mountaineering Council, £8,600
2008 - Leverhulme Trust Visiting Research Fellow, £20,000