• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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1996 …2024

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Research interests

My research concentrates on financial and governance issues in sport, with a particular focus on professional football. I am interested in the intersection between sport organisations as businesses and sport organisations as social institutions and exploring the implications of this dual identity. I have published three single authored academic books on the business of professional football and authored/co-athored around 50 peer reviewed publications, as well as numerous book chapters, 


My academic background is in the areas of accounting and finance. I am a Chartered Accountant (ICAS), who has held academic positions in academic departments of Accountancy and Finance (Heriot-Watt University, Sport Studies / Schol of Sport (University of Stirling) and now in the Management deaprtment of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University. My role involves teaching, primarily on the MSc in International Sport Management and research, where my work focuses on management issues within sport. In addition I work with a number of sport governing bodies on different knowledge excgange projects. Since 2007 I have led management workshops for aspirant football managers as part of the Scottish Football Association's UEFA Pro-licence qualification.

Programme Director, MSc International Sport Management

Co-I, ESRC funded project Alcohol FC - Understanding the role of alcohol consumption in football cultures

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Visiting Professor, Johan Cruyff Institute

31 Jan 2010 → …


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