Dr Paul Darby
Reader in Sport & Exercise
- School of Sport
- Research Institute
- Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
- Jordanstown campus
- +44 28 9036 6416
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 (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.
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- The pride of East Belfast: Glentoran Football Club and the (re)production of Ulster Unionist identities in Northern IrelandInternational Review for the Sociology of SportDate: (2017)
- Getting in the game and getting on the move: Family, the intergenerational contract and internal migration into football academies in GhanaSport in SocietyDate: (2017)
- Football and Identity Politics in GhanaRoutledge Handbook of Sport and PoliticsDate: (2016)
- Ireland and the Irish DiasporaRoutledge Handbook of Sport, Race and EthnicityDate: (2016)
- 'The downfall of a man is not the end of his life': Navigating involuntary immobility in Ghanaian footballSociology of Sport JournalDate: (2016)
- "They eat football, they sleep football, they do everything football": Intra-family negotiations and recruitment into football academies in GhanaStudi Emigrazione: An International Journal of Migration StudiesDate: (2016)
- ‘The downfall of a man is not the end of his life’: The intergenerational contract, shameand ‘sacked’ football academy players in GhanaDate: (2015)
- The GAA, Nationalism and the Irish Diaspora in the United States, 1913-1923The GAA and Revolution in Ireland, 1913-1923Date: (2015)
- Gaelic Games, Ethnic Identity and Irish Nationalism in New York City c. 1880–1917.Sports HistoryDate: (2014)
- The Gaelic Athletic Association and the Irish Diaspora in LondonNew Perspectives on the Irish Abroad: The Silent People?Date: (2014)