Dr Paul Darby
Reader in Sport & Exercise
Paul Darby joined Ulster University in 2002 having previously held a lectureship at Liverpool Hope University. He was awarded his PhD from Ulster University in 1997. He is currently reader in the sociology of sport and leads the Centre for Sport in Society at the university.
His teaching and research interests lie in social sciences and history of sport. Alongside over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals and edited collections, he is author of two monographs: Gaelic Games, Nationalism and the Irish Diaspora in the United States and Africa, Football and FIFA: Politics, Colonialism and Resistance; and is co-editor ofEmigrant Players: Sport and the Irish Disapora and Soccer and Disaster: International Perspectives. He has a particular interest in the place of football in Africa and is currently working on a co-authored monograph on Africa, transnational migration and football to be published by Manchester University Press in 2018. His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the European Union, UNICEF and UK Sport.
Paul was editor of the international journal Soccer and Society and currently sits on the editorial board of Soccer and Society, Impumelelo: The interdisciplinary electronic journal of African Sport and Sportsworld: The Journal of global Sport. He has also guest edited special issues of African Historical Review and Sport in Society. He was a member of the ESRC Peer Review College (2010-2014) and has acted as a peer reviewer for numerous international journals. He is a founding member of the Sport Migration Network hosted at Aarhus University in Denmark (http://sportmigration.au.dk/).
He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules across a number of sports related courses at the University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.