Dr Stefan Lawrence joined Newman University in November 2015 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Socio-cultural aspects of Sport and Leisure and Course Coordinator for BA (hons) Sport and Exercise Studies and BA (hons) Sport Development with Coaching. He is the co-editor of Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistance and is regularly asked to provide expert comment by national and regional media on football fans, hooliganism and digital culture. He holds a BA (hons) Sport and Recreation Development from Leeds Beckett University (first-class honours, with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award), MA Sociology from the University of Birmingham (Distinction), and PhD in Sociology of Sport from Leeds Beckett University. Before joining Newman, Stefan held research and lecturing positions at Leeds Beckett University and Southampton Solent University.
Stefan has published on a number of topics and across disciplines. His research interests include digital culture, racism(s) in sport and leisure, discourses of masculinities in popular culture and football cultures.
Current Administrative Duties
Stefan is Course Coordinator for BA (hons) Sport and Exercise Studies and BA (hons) Sport Development with Coaching. Stefan is a member of the university’s Minor Amendments Panel, Employability Task Group, Enterprise Forum and the Sport and Health department’s contact for Marketing.
Membership of Professional Organisations
Stefan served on the executive committee of the Leisure Studies Association for 8 years and currently retains membership of the association. He is founder of the Digital Football Network, an independent member of Birmingham FA’s Disciplinary Commission and Anti-Discrimination Panel and a member of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research. He is also a regular peer reviewer for the journals Leisure Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social and Cultural Geography, Sport and Social Issues and International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.
Publications, Conferences, and Other Research Activity
Lawrence, S. (in press, 2019) White heterosexual men, athletic cultures and the pleasure of unruly racialization. Men and Masculinities
Fletcher, T., Carnicelli, S., Lawrence, S., and Snape, R. (2017) Reclaiming the ‘L’ word: Leisure Studies and UK Higher Education in neoliberal times. Leisure Studies: 1-12.
Hylton, K and Lawrence, S (2016). ‘‘For your ears only!’ Donald Sterling and backstage racism in sport’. Ethnic and Racial Studies: 1-18.
Lawrence, S (2016). ‘‘We are the boys from the Black Country’! (Re)Imagining local, regional and spectator identities through fandom at Walsall Football Club’. Social & Cultural Geography, 17: 282-299.
Ratna, A, Lawrence, S and Partington, J (2016). ‘‘Getting inside the wicket’: strategies for the
social inclusion of British Pakistani Muslim cricketers’. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism,
Leisure and Events 8(1): 1-17.
Hylton, K and Lawrence, S (2015). ‘Reading Ronaldo: Contingent whiteness in the football media’.
Soccer & Society 16 (5-6): 765-782.
Lawrence, S (2015). ‘‘We are the boys from the Black Country’! (Re)Imagining local, regional and
spectator identities through fandom at Walsall Football Club’. Social & Cultural Geography: 1-18.
Lawrence, S (2014). ‘Racialising the “great man”: A Critical Race study of idealised male athletic
bodies in Men’s Health magazine’. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. doi:
Lawrence, S. and Crawford, G. (eds.) (2018) Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistances. London: Routledge.
Lawrence, S. (2019) ‘Le Parkour, Freerunning and young white men: Identities, resistances and digital representations’. In S. Dagkas, L. Azzarito, & K. Hylton, ‘Race’, Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Health: Global Perspectives. London: Routledge.
Lawrence, S. and Crawford, G. (2018) ‘The Hyperdigitalization of football cultures’. In S. Lawrence and G. Crawford (eds.) Digital Football Cultures: Fandom, Identities and Resistances. London: Routledge.
Lawrence, S. (2017) ‘A Critical Race Theory analysis of the English Premier League: Confronting the declining significance of race and racism myth’. In: R. Elliott (ed.) The English Premier League: A Socio-Cultural analysis. London: Routledge, pp. 133
Lawrence, S and Pipini, M (2016). ‘Violence’. In: Cashmore, E. and Dixon, K. (eds.) Studying Football. London: Routledge.
Lawrence, S. (2011) Representation, racialisation and responsibility: Male athletic bodies in the (British) sports and leisure media. In: Watson, B. & Harpin, J. eds. Identities, cultures and voices in leisure and sport. Eastbourne, Leisure Studies Association, pp. 109-124