PhD 'The paradox of English sport development policy and practice: Examining the mass participation agenda during an era of austerity and continued change' Liverpool John Moores University, 2016.
MA (Hons) Social Policy and Welfare Issues, The University of Manchester, 2005. Dissertation - Partnership working in the New Deal for Communities area of Manchester - the role of sport and arts in crime prevention.
BSc (Hons) Human Geography, The University of Sheffield, 1997, Dissertation - "The Ambivalence of Being Asian".
Liverpool John Moores University, Senior Lecturer in Sport Development, 2012-2016.
Nottingham Trent University, Senior Lecturer in Sport Education, 2006-2012.
Edge Hill University, Lecturer in Sport Management, 2002-2004.
Knight Kavanagh and Page Sport Management Consultancy, Research Consultant, 2000-2002.
Sport Wales, Policy Research Officer, 1997-2000.
French - intermediate
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Sport Policy and Management ?
Sport management is one of the most dynamic and expanding subjects and professional spheres there is. It also can have siginificant impacts on local and national communities as well as the lives of those individuals it impacts upon. Sport is also a political animal and is inherently fascinating to see how different governments use it, adapt where it is used in in what ways. People taking part in sport, volunteers and policy makers invest meanings in very different ways.
Communities also don't agree on the best way to manage, organise and deliver sport policy and management. Studying this subject since first working in it in 1997 has given me opportunities to write, teach and research my passion. It also gives me a critical 'lens' on sport and allows me to consider new and innovative ways that sport can be seen to work globally. Students increasingly need to explore sport as a global phenomenon and consider themselves in the global professional marketplace.
BA (Hons) Sport Management
BA (Hons) Sport Management and Marketing
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
External PhD supervsions (in progress).
Chris Mills, MMU (due to be completed 2020) An ethnographic study of volunteering in golf in England with Prof Cathy Urquhart.
Laura Egan, MMU (due to be completed 2022), A study of community badminton governance in England, With Prof Mark James (DoS)
Lewis Maani, MMU (due to be completed 2022) A grounded theory study of academic-practitioner networks, collaboration and partnership working with Dr Mark Crowder (DoS).
Denise Wright (due to be completed 2019) 'An exploration of Family Accesss to the Tate Modern', Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), second supervisor with Dr Jo Frankham (DoS, LJMU).
Kate Mori (due to be completed 2018) 'An examination of community sport development workers in Southern England: Positioning the community in community sport development', University of Gloucester, second supervisor with Prof Andrew Parker (DoS, UoG)
Adam Dwight (due to be completed 2019) 'A Case Study review of The Equality Standard for Sport', University of Wolverhampton, third supervisor with Dr Paul Campbell (2nd supervisor, UoW) and Dr Kay Biscomb (DoS, UoW).
External examiner roles
External Examiner BA (Hons) Sport Management - University of Wolverhampton Business School 2011-2016.
External International Partnership Advisor - University of Wolverhampton: Undertaken reviews in Singapore (MBA, MA Sport Management), Malaysia (BA Tourism and Media Management), Greece (BA (Hons) Media and BA (Hons) Journalism portfolio) and UK (various, 2012 - 2016).
External Examiner BA (Hons) Sport Management - Southampton Solent University, 2015 - present.
External Examiner BA (Hons) Sport Development - St Mark and St John University, Plymouth, 2016 - present.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Chris has the following key areas of research expertise and interest:
international sport policy analysis
community sport organisations, agencies and communities
public sector community sport policy
qualitative research methodologies
Interpretive public policy theoretical frameworks
He is interested in receiving PhD and research proposal enquiries in any of these or related areas. He currently supervises three PhDs in the inter-related fields of National Governing Body (NGB) of sport organisation and management, community sport development policy in England and a study of family access to Art through the use of ethnography.
Chris has undertaken, managed or commisioned over 100 external research projects in the field of sport policy and community sport management and practice. He has worked with many of the UK's NGBs, senior officers in local government including Head of Sport/Leisure and Chief Officers. He has also led projects with Sport England, Sport Wales, Street Games and the Sport and Recreation Alliance amongst other national sport agencies.
He is currently co-bid lead with Professor Hiroko Kudo (Tokyo, Japan) designing an international seminar series exploring the lessons to be learnt from London 2012 for Japan 2020 Olympics.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
C. Mackintosh (2012). Sport for Sport: Practical and Theoretical insights into sports development. S. Harris, B. Bell, A. Adams, CI. Mackintosh.
CI. Mackintosh, S. Everson, C. Elliott, A. Thompson (2021). If I Wanted to Join a Gymnastics Club.... It's Seen As Being A Girls' Sport: Implications for Primary Schools, Community Clubs and Transition to Secondary Education in England. Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education.
N. Darko, C. Mackintosh (2016). ‘Don’t you feel bad watching the Olympics, watching us?’ A qualitative analysis of London 2012 Olympics influence on family sports participation and physical activity. Qualitiative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. 8(1), pp.45-60.
C. Mackintosh, N. Darko, Z. Rutherford, H-M. Wilkins (2015). A qualitative study of the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on families in the East Midlands of England: lessons for sports development policy and practice. SPORT EDUCATION AND SOCIETY. 20(8), pp.1065-1087.
C. Mackintosh, N. Darko, H. May-Wilkins (2015). Unintended outcomes of the London 2012 Olympic Games: local voices of resistance and the challenge for sport participation leverage in England. Leisure Studies. 35(4), pp.454-469.
CI. Mackintosh, J. Liddle (2015). PE and School Sports Development Governance in England: Big Society, Autonomy and Decentralisation in New Network Relationships. Education. 3-13, pp.1-17.
N. Darko, CI. Mackintosh (2015). An Analysis of Antiguan Sports Policy Development. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. pp.1-28.
CI. Mackintosh (2014). The public realm of community sports development evaluation, policy and practice; innovation, evidence and the paradox of an evolving agenda. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 27(2), pp.1-5.
C. Mackintosh, G. Cookson, G. Griggs (2014). Reflections on the PING! table tennis initiative: Lessons and new directions for sports development?. International Journal of Public Sector Management. 27(2), pp.128-139.
CI. Mackintosh (2013). Pop-up power: a discussion of the pop up sports club phenomenon. Sport & Physical Activity Professional. pp.14-15.
CI. Mackintosh (2013). A complex landscape. Sport & Physical Activity Professional. pp.12-12.
CI. Mackintosh (2013). An Evaluation of the Outdoor Table Tennis Initiative (OTTI): ‘Ping pong in the fresh air - how does that work?’. Managing Leisure: An International Journal. 18(3), pp.226-238.
CI. Mackintosh (2012). Dismantling the school sport partnership infrastructure: findings from a survey of physical education and school sport practitioners. Education 3-13: the professional journal for primary education. iFirst(4), pp.1-18.
CI. Mackintosh (2011). Sports development research communities: Insights from theory and practice. Leisure Studies Association Newsletter. pp.3-4.
CI. Mackintosh (2011). An analysis of County Sports Partnerships in England: The fragility, challenges and complexity of partnership working in sports development. International Journal of Sport Policy. 1(3), pp.45-64.
(2010). International Journal of Sport Policy. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 2(3), pp.1-1.
CI. Mackintosh, C. Cutforth, S. Harris (2010). European Sports Development Network: Building Practitioner and academic bridges. Sport Management. pp.50-51.
CI. Mackintosh, S. Mackintosh (2009). Cycling, PE and Community Sports development. PE and Sport Today. pp.10-13.
CI. Mackintosh (2008). Bonding Issues: Partnership working in sports development. Recreation. pp.20-21.
CI. Mackintosh (2008). Onwards and Upwards: 2012 and sports development,. Inform. pp.32-35.
Chapters in books
CI. Mackintosh (2014). The Charismatic Leadership of Michael Gove?: A Case Study of Change in the School Sport and Physical Education Sector in England?. E. Zehndorfer. In: European Leadership in Crisis: Critical Leadership Series. Emerald,
E. Zehndorfer, CI. Mackintosh (2014). Michael Gove, charismatic leadership and the radical reorganisation of English school sport. J. Liddle, J. Diamond. In: Critical Perspectives in International Public Sector Management.. pp.147-163.
S. Harris, B. Bell, A. Adams, CI. Mackintosh (2012). Introduction. In: Sport for Sport? Practical and Theoretical Insights Into Sports Development. Leisure Studies Association, Brighton, UK,
CI. Mackintosh (2012). A Study of Changing Sports Development Officer Professional Practice in England. In: Sport for Sport? Practical and Theoretical Insights Into Sports Development. Leisure Studies Association, Brighton, UK,
CI. Mackintosh (2012). The shifting dynamics of local government sports development officer practice in England: New identities and hazy professional boundaries. S. Harris, B. Bell, A. Adams, CI. Mackintosh. In: Sport for sport: Practical and theoretical insights into sports development. Brighton: Leisure Studies Association, pp.113-130.
CI. Mackintosh (2017). MMU Recommendations. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Metropolitan University/Sport & Recreation Alliance.
CI. Mackintosh (2017). Volunteers in Golf: Training and Education Research Project. , Manchester Metropolitan University.
CI. Mackintosh (2015). A Review of England Golf's Get Into Golf Programme. , Liverpool John Moore's University.
V. Comley, CI. Mackintosh (2014). The Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation in the UK: The Evidence. London: LJMU/SRA, Sport and Recreation Alliance.
CI. Mackintosh (2014). A Literature Review of Barriers in Special Educational Needs Provision Sport Participation for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. , Liverpool John Moore's University.
CI. Mackintosh (2014). The Value of the Outdoor Economy, London, Sport and Recreation Alliance. , SRA, Reconomics, London.
CI. Mackintosh (2012). A National Evaluation of PING! Programme in England. , Liverpool John Moore's University.
CI. Mackintosh (2011). An external evaluation of a London based outdoor table tennis pilot scheme run by the English Table Tennis Association. Nottingham Trent University, English Table Tennis Association (ETTA)/NTU.
Invited roundtable discussions
Leverhulme Fund Sport mega-event seminar, University of Birmingham June 29th 2016.
Expert advisor, Sport and Recreation Alliance, Outdoor recreation policy working group - National Sport Strategy Consultee, May 2015.
University of Bedfordshire Sport Pedagogy Research group - invited seminar on Dismantling of the School Sport Partnership System: the evidence? University of Bedfordshire, March 2013.
Chris is currently Chair of the United Kingdom Sport Development Network (UKSDN) which has been running confefences and symposiums since 2008 at partner UK universities developing links between industry and academia. He was the original foudner of the network in 2008, it has now led to the publication of thee edited book collections and four special editions of journals.
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
I have acted as a reviewer for journals including Leisure Studies, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Education 3-13, Journal of Tourism, Leisure and Sport Events, Journal of Physical Activity and Health,International Journal of Public Sector Management.
I have also reviewed book proposals for Routledge, Sage and Polity Press.
Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Projects and initiatives
To date Chris has brought in external career funding and PhD scholarships of over £466,000 this includes:
Sport England and Sport Scotland - Partnership with Sport and Recreation Alliance - Review of the UK Coaching Certificate, £110,000 (due for completion April 2018)
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Research seminar series 2016-2018 - 23,000 Euros (CI) with Prof Hiroko Kudo (PI) (completed)
England Golf study of volunteering and club membership retention - £15,000.
British Orienteering - £12,000.
Sport England Women get Active - Project, £96,000 (Co-CI) (completed)Equality and Human Rights Commission Inclusive sport project, £75,000 (Co-PI) (completed).
More recently he has also developed two funded PhD scholarships since commencing at MMU,
£60,000 external England Golf funding in partnersip with MMU - a study of volunteering in community golf clubs (2018-2021);
£78,000 as part of wider £340,000 funding application to Sport England with Greater Sport (Greater Manchester County Sport Partnership) - a study of military veternan's use of sport to address unemployment, mental health and alcohol and drug misuse (final award pending) (2019-2022).
Consultancy and advisory roles
National advisor - England Golf (NGB) 2014 - present
National advisor - Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) 2013-present
Table Tennis England - outdoor table tennis and PING! programme evaluator 2010-2014.
Media appearances or involvement
BBC Radio 4 Eddie Mair Show - interview on olympic legacy and 'soft' community legacy in participation and volunteering.
BBC Radio Nottingham - London 2012 Olympic shows May-June 2012