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Dr Kevin Dixon is a social scientist specialising in the sociology of sport, exercise, leisure, and health. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Staffordshire in 2011 and from this published his first monograph Consuming Football in Late Modern Life’ (Routledge, 2013). Kevin has co-authored / edited a further 4 books:


  • The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing contrasts increasing varieties (Palgrave, 2015
  • Studying Football (Routledge, 2016
  • Screen Society (Palgrave, 2018)
  • Online Research Methods in Sports Studies (Routledge, 2020).


Kevin’s research interests are loosely related to the theme Sport and Civic Responsibility. This theme covers a breadth of important social issues relevant to the role of sport in public health, criminal justice, education, identity formation and maintenance, and social inclusion. In keeping with this theme, his latest book contract with Routledge publishers is titled Sport, Crime and Society. To find out more about Kevin’s previous and current research click here


As a measure of research quality, Dr Dixon has been returned in the Research Excellence Framework on two occasions. In 2014, he was returned under unit 22 Social Work and Social Policy. This Teesside University submission was ranked joint 5th in the country from 62 submissions. In 2020, Kevin was returned under unit 24 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure, and Tourism. This submission placed 12th from 61 submissions.


Dr Dixon is currently supervising several PhD candidates and is always happy to discuss future applications.


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