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Tom Gibbons

T:
01642 342398
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise (Sport Studies)
E:
t.gibbons@tees.ac.uk
School/department:
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
 
 
Research:
Social Sciences, Business & Law research
 
 
ORCID:
0000-0002-1778-5997

About Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons
Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise (Sport Studies), School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
T: 01642 342398
E: t.gibbons@tees.ac.uk
Research: Social Sciences, Business & Law research

Dr Tom Gibbons has been Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies at Teesside since 2007. Tom previously worked as a researcher at Teesside (2004-2005) and St Martin's College, Lancaster (2005-2007). 

Tom's main areas of research and teaching expertise are the sociology and history of sport. He was awarded his PhD on the relationship between English national habitus and football fandom at Teesside in 2013 and from this published his first monograph titled English National Identity and Football Fan Culture: Who are ya? (Ashgate, 2014). Tom has since co-edited (with Dr Kevin Dixon) a book titled The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties (Palgrave, 2015) as well as another co-edited text with Dr Dominic Malcolm (Loughborough University) titled Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited' Kingdom. Tom has also published in a range of international peer reviewed journals, including: Sociological Research Online; Disability & Society; Soccer & Society; Sport in Society; International Review for the Sociology of Sport; International Journal of Sport Communication; and, Annals of Leisure Research. Tom became a Christian during his PhD studies and is currently involved in developing a Christian Sociology of Sport.

Dr Gibbons currently has PhD students studying aspects of cycling culture, ultra-running, the globalization of darts and football fandom and would welcome applications from potential PhD candidates in any aspect of the sociology, theology and/or history of sport.

Research interests

Tom's research interests are in the sociology, theology and history of sport subject areas and revolve around: Christianity; English/British national identity; globalisation and European integration; fandom; media; violence/hooliganism; disability; football; endurance sport (particularly running and cycling); and, qualitative methods (particularly those using new technologies).

Publications

Recent Books 
Gibbons, T. and Malcolm. D. (Eds.) (2017) Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited Kingdom'. London, Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Sport-and-English-National-Identity-in-a-Disunited-Kingdom/Gibbons-Malcolm/p/book/9781138120594

Gibbons, T. (2014) English National Identity and Football Fan Culture: Who are ya? Surrey, Ashgate. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472423283

Dixon, K. and Gibbons, T. (Eds.)(2015) The Impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Diminishing Contrasts, Increasing Varieties. Basingstoke, Palgrave Pivot. http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137405081 

Recent Article
Gibbons, T. (2016) Christianity as Public Religion in the Post-Secular 21st Century. In J. F. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Communication, available at: http://communication.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228613.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228613-e-115

Recent Conference Paper
Gibbons, T. (2013) Who are ya? Interpreting fan debates on English national identity. Paper presented at the Football 150 Conference, National Football Museum, Manchester, 2-4 September 2013:
http://football150conference.wordpress.com/

View Tom Gibbons' Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • What football highlights about English identity
    Newstalk, 30/03/2017
    Tom Gibbons, Senior Lecturer in Sports Studies at Teesside University has published a book called English National Identity and Football Fan Culture: Who Are Ya?


  • Why the Disabled Do Not Watch the Paralympics
    New Republic, online, 17/03/2014
    A team of sports researchers investigated disabled people’s attitudes towards the Paralympics by surveying 32 disability activists in the UK.


  • Teesside University comment
    Evening Gazette, 20/10/2012, p.9; Gazette Live (Web), 20/10/2012
    Tom Gibbons, senior sports lecturer at Teesside University, said racism is as much of an issue on the pitch as well as off it. "I think the John Terry incident highlights that it is still an issue in