2012-2013: Nottingham Trent University (Associate Lecturer)
2013-2014: Loughborough University (Associate Lecturer)
2013-2014: University of Birmingham (Teaching Associate in Sport Policy)
2014-2017: University of Birmingham (Teaching Fellow in Sport Policy)
2017-2018: Manchester Metropolitan University (Lecturer in Sport Management)
2018- : Manchester Metropolitan University (Senior Lecturer in Sport Management)
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Sport Politics, Policy and Management?
From media rights to stadium sponsorships and cities and states’ hosting of Olympic Games and World Cups, the sports industry is today a global, multibillion dollar market. Due to its ever-increasing popularity and investment worldwide, the industry continues to grow rapidly, expanding its reach into new lands, and creating a complex political, social and commercial environment made up of players, state officials, sports agencies, sponsors, broadcasters and beyond. As the industry continues to expand, public and private sector employment opportunities are opening up for those with the right passion, knowledge and qualifications to succeed within it.
Paul teaches in the areas of sport policy, business and management across our BA (Hons) Sports Management and Sports Marketing Management degree programmes.
Paul is also Programme Lead for our MSc in Sport Business, Management and Policy, and unit leader for our MSc 'Sports Business and Managament' and 'Sports Events Management and Policy' units.
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
- Mr Brian Jeong (started October 2017, in progress). PhD Thesis Title: 'How hosting Sport Mega-Events influences a nation’s soft power: A new rise of East Asia.'
- Mr Dominic Edwards (started October 2018, in progress). PhD Thesis Title: 'The Making of British Professional Footballers: Understanding the Transition from Youth-to-First-Team in International Football'.
- Miss Luci Smith (started October 2018, in progress). PhD Thesis Title: 'The Transition Experiences of Professional Football Players during International Loan Transfers.'
- Miss Lorraine Bedwell (started October 2018, in progress). PhD Thesis Title: 'Premier League Footballers: Knowledge sharing and peer learning.'
- Mr Danny Hannun (started January 2019, in progress). PhD Thesis Title: 'The Nation-State, Sports Mega-Events and Sustainability: The case of Qatar and the 2022 FIFA World Cup'
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Paul is a Political Sociologist, specialising in the study of sport. His research primarily focuses on the role and use of sports mega-events by national governments for achieving certain political, economic, social and/or cultural objectives.
To-date, Paul’s research has centred most specifically on sport in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the State of Qatar and its forthcoming staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Through this, Paul has uncovered the crucial role sport is playing in seeking to place Qatar on the global map, promote the state’s broader achievements and, ultimately, acquire forms of ‘soft power’ and influence-through-attraction. A core part of Paul’s research also places emphasis on uncovering the ways through which achieving certain aims through the use of sports mega-events can backfire, generating a significant amount of damage to states’ international image.
Paul’s research has been published in some of the leading political science and sports studies journals, including Leisure Studies, Global Society, Diplomacy and Statecraft and International Affairs.
Paul is also the International Lead for the Deaprtment of Economics, Policy and International Business, and Programme Lead for the MSc in Sport Business, Management and Policy.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
J. Grix, P. Brannagan, D. Lee (2019). Entering the Global Arena: Emerging States, Soft Power Strategies and Sports Mega-Events. Palgrave Macmillan.