2020 Global Sport Research Conference


Event Type: 

Other Global Sport Events


Virtual Event

2020 Global Sport Research Conference (ReCon) is a virtual gathering of researchers worldwide to listen, present and connect on current work and findings, held on July 22, 2020.

The theme is ‘exploring edgework and risk taking in sport’ with presentations from Arizona State University’s Global Sport Institute researchers and University of Brighton Sport and Leisure Cultures research group on areas within sport and social sciences.

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Event begins at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific, US); 11:30 a.m. (Eastern, US); 4:30 p.m. (BST)


8:30 AM: Conference opens; 30-minute e-poster session

9:00 AM - 11:40 AM: Research presentations (15 minute presentation followed by 5 min Q&A)

  • 9:05a     Daniel Burdsey (PDF iconAbstract)
  • 9:25a     Scott Brooks & Anastasiya Khomutova (PDF iconAbstract)
  • 9:45a     Rachel Lofton (PDF iconAbstract)
  • 10:05a  Tom Carter (PDF iconAbstract)

~15 minute “intermission”

Researcher Bios:

Dr. Alex Channon is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University of Brighton.  He is the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport Business Management and BA (Hons) Sport Studies degrees.  Alex’s research focuses on the social scientific study of martial arts and combat sports, covering themes including gender, violence, pedagogy, risk, and medical support.  He is a member of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network Advisory Board and a member of the Special Advisory Group of the UNESCO International Centre of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement.  He has published numerous research articles and book chapters, as well as edited three books, much of which can be accessed on the University of Brighton’s repository, or by request at a.channon@brighton.ac.uk.

Dr. Paul Gilchrist is Principal Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, UK. He teaches social and cultural geography and has research expertise in the geographies of sport, leisure and popular culture, publishing widely in these areas. He is a founding convenor of the Political Studies Association's Sport and Politics Study Group and is joint editor of the book series Advances in Leisure Studies (Routledge). Paul's research has been funded by the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. His current research is on the legal conditions and political conflicts of leisure events and practices in a variety of spatial contexts. He believes the best research is collaborative and in areas where you have a passion. He tweets @paulgilchrist. 


Dr. Daniel Burdsey is Deputy Head of School (Research and Enterprise) in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton, UK; and Associate Professor (Status Only) in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, Canada. His current research theorises race and racism in football (soccer), with a particular focus on connecting ideas around Empire, de/coloniality, and anti-racist resistance. His new book Racism and English Football: For Club and Country will be published by Routledge in fall 2020.

Dr. Karen Gallagher is the Senior Researcher at the Global Sport Institute. She serves as Project Manager on collaborative research efforts. She works in developing programs and research projects related to athlete post-sport transition. Gallagher earned her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University in 2017. Dr. Gallagher's dissertation work and subsequent publications and presentations have focused on military service-related conditions, including mild traumatic brain injury, and military-to-civilian transition and their impact on higher-order cognitive processes. She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been featured in multiple news and feature stories by a variety of media outlets, including Fox Sports. She has taught graduate courses in Traumatic Brain Injury and Motor Speech Disorders. Dr. Gallagher is a U.S. Army Airborne Gulf War 1 veteran where she deployed with the 35th Signal Brigade as a chemical specialist.

 Dr. Scott Brooks is an Associate Professor with the T. Denny Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at ASU. As Director of Research for the Institute he acts as campus liaison, assists in the allocation of research grants, and coordinates the Institute's research agenda and projects. As a scholar, Brooks is primarily interested in: youth and sport; inequality in sport, coaching and leadership; and community based sports interventions. His book, Black Men Can’t Shoot (University of Chicago, 2009), tells the importance of exposure, networks, and opportunities towards earning an athletic scholarship. Additionally, Dr. Brooks has consulted the NFL, MLB, college and high school coaches and athletes; and is a senior fellow at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Yale Urban Ethnography Project.

Dr. Luke Brenneman is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute. He performs research, produces written and audio content, and directs educational workshops for the Institute. Brenneman earned his Ph.D. in Communication from ASU and conducted his dissertation research at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Brenneman’s research focuses on enhancing the fan experience and leveraging the unifying power of sport to reduce prejudice and foster positive contact between fans of various group identities. He has developed strategies and templates for organizing events to achieve these goals based on his research at the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup, and other events.

Rachel Lofton has her Masters in International Cooperation and Development from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Her focus is in Sport for Development. Prior to moving to Italy for her Masters, she graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies. Following her studies, she worked in Community Relations and Events for the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. She then transitioned into the world of entertainment where she worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment in their Worldwide Distribution Analytics group and served as the events chair on the board of OUT @ SPE, their employee business resource group.


Dr Anastasiya Khomutova was born in Ukraine (Donetsk), she got her masters and PhD degrees in the Czech Republic (Palacky University in Olomouc), and currently, she works as a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton in the UK. Her research focuses on culturally diverse sport teams, as well as on coach-athlete relationships in combat sports. She is a member of Managing council at FEPSAC (European Federation of Sport Psychology).

Sean Heath is Social Anthropologist specializing in the body, movement, the senses, and human-water interactions. Currently he works as a PhD candidate at the University of Brighton on pain and injury amongst competitive youth swimmers in the UK and Canada. "The anthropologically informed ethnographic research for my PhD explores questions around pain, injury, identity and embodiment of youth who are enrolled in competitive swimming clubs in the South East of England. How do youth come to know and understand their bodies through their practice of competitive swim training and competition and what are the socially constructed meanings in this sport? How does the pain of training their bodies through rigorous programs affect their social relationships and identity, and what effects do an injury have on a young person who then cannot be in the water, train and compete? I want to explore these changes in progress as adolescence is a time of extreme change, both physiological and socially."

Dr. Mark Doidge is currently a Senior Research Fellow and a trustee (Membership Services) and co-convenor of the Sport Studies Group for the British Sociological Association (BSA). He is also Director of the Anti-Discrimination Division of Football Supporters Europe (FSE). He is an expert in the sociology of European football fan cultures and the author of Football Italia: Italian Football in an Age of Globalization (2015, Bloomsbury Academic) and co-author of Ultras: the passiona nd performance of contemporary football fandom (2020, Manchester University Press, wtih Kossakovski and Mintert), and Collective Action and Football Fandom (2018, PalgraveMacmilan, with Cleland, Millward and Widdop). Thanks to a UEFA Grant, he researched anti-racism in Poland, Germany and Italy. Dr Doidge is also co-author of The Short Guide to Sociology (2020, Policy Press, with Saini), and co-editor of Sociologists’ Tales (2015, Policy Press, with Twamley and Scott) and Transforming Sport (2018, Rouledge, with Carter and Burdsey).

Dr. Thomas Carter is a Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton School of Sport and Service ManagementHe now directs Footbll4Peace, an international NGO dedicated to using values-based education programmes delivered through sport to address divisions in conflict-ridden societieis as a means to initiate and foster conflict resolution.  He has given invited talks at the University of Toronto (Canada), Universidad Federal do Rio Grande du Norte (Brasil), University of Leeds (UK), University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (Norway)  on the embodied power relations and cultural politics surrounding spectacle, violence, and movement.