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Dr Paul Darby

Reader in Sport & Exercise

School of Sport
Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Jordanstown campus
Room 15C02
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB
+44 28 9036 6416
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Paul Darby joined Ulster University in 2002 having previously held a lectureship at Liverpool Hope University. He graduated from Ulster with a BA Hons in Sport, Exercise and Leisure in 1994 and was awarded his PhD from the same institution 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. He has published over 80 articles in peer reviewed journals and edited collections as well as two single authored monographs and two edited books. These publications have been focused on sport and identity politics, transnational sports migration, sport for international development, sport and international politics, sport and diaspora and football related disasters. 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 Council, the European Union 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 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 (

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.

Research publications

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