Professor Alan Tomlinson

Professor Alan Tomlinson is an internationally renowned scholar and researcher on the social history and sociology of sport, leisure and popular culture. He studied humanities and sociology at the University of Kent, and took MA and D.Phil degrees in the sociology of culture/literature at the University of Sussex. He has contributed prominently to the growth of sport studies as an established field of scholarly and academic endeavour, co-founded the pioneer degree programme in sport journalism at the University of Brighton, and has edited/authored over thirty volumes and over 100 articles/chapters. Professor Tomlinson edited a leading sport studies journal, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, for four years from 2000. He is a long-term contributor to the soccer periodical When Saturday Comes, has reported on sports matters for newspapers and magazines in the UK, Germany, the Caribbean and the Gulf, and has made numerous contributions to radio and television coverage of sport issues in the UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. He is Professor of Leisure Studies at the University of Brighton, UK, and has worked in close collaboration on sport cultures with Dr Christopher Young, of Pembroke College, Cambridge.