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Dr Steven Bradbury BSc, PG DIP, MA, PhD, FHEA

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Lecturer in Sport, Equality and Diversity

Dr Steven Bradbury has completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Sociology (1991-1994), a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (1994-95), an MA (distinction) in Public Order (1996-97) and a PhD in the Sociology of Sport (1998-2002) at the University of Leicester. He has worked as a Research Assistant at the Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research (1994-1996) and as a Research Methods Tutor (1998-2001) at the University of Leicester. He has also worked as a (Senior) Research Associate (2002-2013) and as a Lecturer in Young People and Sport (2013-2019) at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. 

Since 2019 Dr Bradbury has worked as a Lecturer in Sport, Equality and Diversity at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University. He is presently the module leader for one undergraduate module: ‘Sport, Inclusion and Diversity’ and from 2020 onwards will be the module leader for two new undergraduate modules: ‘Sport, Social Justice and Diversity’ and ‘Sport Law, Equity and Inclusion’. He is a member of the Sociology and Sport Management Teaching Group and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Over the last 20 years, Dr Bradbury has conducted high quality and impactful research. The findings from this research have been published as reports, book chapters and academic articles and have been presented to a range of academic, practitioner and governmental audiences at a national and international level. This is especially the case in relation to work examining the under-representation and racialised experiences of BAME coaches and leaders in professional football in Europe, and work with key stakeholder bodies to evaluate the effectiveness of measures designed to redress racialised inequities in the sport. He is also the co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection book for Routledge entitled ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Racisms in Sports Coaching’.

 

 

Since 2002 Dr Steven Bradbury has led a number of research projects on behalf of a range of regional, national and international sports bodies and development agencies. These projects have focused on evaluating work to develop young people in and through sport and to promote more equitable participation across all aspects of sports amongst BAME youth and adult populations. Most recently, his research has focused on examining the representation and racialised experiences of elite level BAME coaches in professional football in Europe and evaluating the effectiveness of measures designed to redress racialised inequalities. These funded research projects include:

  • Evaluation of the FA coach inclusion and diversity programme, funded by the Football Association (2016-2019)
  • Cracking the glass ceiling: Levels of representation of minorities and women in leadership and coaching in European football and the experiences of minority coaches in England, France and the Netherlands, funded by the FARE Network (2012-2014)
  • Evaluation of the FA COACH Bursary programme: activities, experiences, benefits and challenges, funded by the Football Association (2013-2014)
  • Evaluation of the Football Unites, Racism Divides, Football and Belonging (asylum seekers and refugees) project, funded by Football Unites, Racism Divides and the Big Lottery (2010-2013)
  • Evaluation of McDonalds contribution to grassroots football in the UK and identification of potential future contribution, funded by McDonalds and Red Consultancy (2012-2013)
  • Representation and structural discrimination in football in Europe: The case of minorities and women, funded by UEFA (2010-2011)
  • Evaluation of the Football Foundation Community Strategy and Facilities Programme, funded by the Football Foundation (2010-2011)
  • Evaluation of the Sport Scotland Active Schools programme, funded by Sport Scotland (2008-2011)
  • Evaluation of Living for Sport youth volunteering programme, funded by the Youth Sport Trust (2008–2009)
  • Evaluation of Black and Minority Ethnic adult and youth participation in local football in Leicestershire and Rutland, funded by the English FA (2006)
  • Evaluation of the Step into Sport young volunteers programme, funded by the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England and Sports Leaders UK (2002-2009)

Since 2006 Dr Steven Bradbury has presented research findings to a range of academic, practitioner and governmental audiences in the UK, Europe and North America. These include:

  • Bradbury, S. (2019). 'Fit for doing, but not fit for organizing' The under-representation and racialized experiences of BAME coaches in men's professional football in Europe. Critical Conversations in Sport and Popular Culture. Sheffield Hallam University. February 2019
  • Bradbury, S. (2019). The under-representation and racialized experiences of BAME coaches in men's professional football in Europe. Loughborough BAME network. Loughborough. January 2019
  • Bradbury, S. (2018). The under-representation and racialized experiences of BAME coaches in men's professional football in England. The Black Atlantic Footballer. School of Advanced Study. University of London. July 2018
  • Bradbury, S. and Conricide, D. (2018). Game Changer or Empty Promise? An examination of the English Football League mandatory code of coach recruitment. European Association of the Sociology of Sport. Bordeaux. June 2018
  • Bradbury, S. (2018). Racisms in football: historical and contemporary perspectives. Walter Tull Memorial Conference. Northampton Museum. July 2018
  • Bradbury, S, Van Sterkenburg, J, Mignon, P (2017) ‘Levels of representation in leadership and coaching in football in Europe’ Play the Game, Eindhoven, November 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Levels of BAME coaches in professional football: 3rd annual follow up report’ Senate House, London, UK, November 2017.
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Addressing under-representation with action: Sports People’s Think Tank Panel Discussion’ Soccerex Global Convention, Manchester, September 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands’ European Association of the Sociology of Sport, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘Levels of BAME coaches in professional football: 2nd annual follow up report’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2016.
  • Bradbury, S. (2015) ‘Levels of BAME coaches in professional football: 1st annual follow up report’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2015.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, J., Mignon, P. (2015) ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Racial stereotypification and the experiences of elite level ethnic minority coaches in football in Europe’ International Sociology of Sport Association conference, Paris, France. June 2015
  • Bradbury, S. (2014) ‘‘Ethnic minorities and coaching in elite level football in England: A call to action’ All Parliamentary Football Committee, House of Commons, UK, November 2014.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, Mignon, P. (2014) ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Levels of representation of minorities in leadership and coaching and experiences of minority coaches’ UEFA Seminar on Institutional Discrimination. Amsterdam. Netherlands. December 2014
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg., Mignon, P.  (2014). ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? Representation in coaching and management in European football’ UEFA Respecting Diversity conference. Rome. Italy. September 2014
  • Bradbury, S., and Houlihan, B. (2013) ‘Ten years of teamwork: an evaluation of the McDonalds national grassroots football partnerships 2012-2012’ House of Commons (England), Welsh Assembly (Wales), Holyrood (Scotland), Stormont (Northern Ireland). January/February 2013
  • Bradbury, S. (2012). ‘Cracking the glass ceiling? The under-representation of minority coaches and structural discrimination in football in Europe’ 4th Bi-annual Sport, race, and ethnicity. University of Ulster, Belfast. Northern Ireland. September 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘The under-representation of women and institutional discrimination in leadership and football’ Game changers: Equality, social inclusion and activism. Football Against Racism in Europe. Rome. Italy. May 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘Sport and social outcomes for asylum seekers and refugees’ Football: A shared sense of belonging. Sheffield. England. January 2012
  • Bradbury, S. (2011). 'It's just an old boys club': The representation of women in football governance in Europe’ Sport and the European Union conference. Nottingham Trent University. England. March 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2011). 'Cracking the glass ceiling?': The representation of minorities and women in European football' Sport and interculturalism: problems, practice and evaluation, North East Peace 3 sport and leisure programme conference. University of Belfast. June 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2011) ‘Representation and structural discrimination in professional football in Europe: the case of minorities and females’. UEFA conference on institutional discrimination in football. Amsterdam. Netherlands. January 2011
  • Bradbury, S. (2010) ‘From racial exclusions to new inclusions: black and minority ethnic participation in football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ Institute of Youth Sport annual conference. Loughborough University. September 2010
  • Bradbury, S. (2010). 'It's not as simple as black and white': challenging racisms in professional football through locally grounded multi-agency collaboration’ Leisure Studies Association annual conference. Leeds Metropolitan University. June 2010
  • Bradbury, S. (2009) ‘From racial exclusions to cultural fusions: The experience of black and minority ethnic football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ New perspectives on 'race' and football conference. University of Brighton. July 2009
  • Bradbury, S. (2007) ‘Racisms, resistance and identity in local football in Leicestershire’ Annual conference of International Sociology of Sport Association. Copenhagen, Denmark. July 2007
  • Kay, T. and Bradbury, S. (2007). ‘Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital’ Leisure Studies and Social Capital Discourse conference at London Metropolitan University, May 2007
  • Kay, T. and Bradbury, S. (2006). ‘Sport: Stepping into Citizenship’. Paper presented at the ‘Re-imagining Community and Re-envisioning Sport’, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference. Vancouver, November 2006

Academic publications

  • Bradbury, S.and Conricode, D. (2020 forthcoming) ‘Game changer or empty promise: an examination of the EFL mandatory code of coach recruitment’ in Wallis, J. (2020) Sport coaching in diverse populations; theory and practice. Routledge
  • Bradbury, S. (2020 forthcoming) ‘Fit for doing but not fit for organising: racisms, stereotypes and networks in coaching in professional football in Europe’ in Bradbury, S., Lusted, J., and Van Sterkenburg, J. (eds) (2020) ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Racisms in Sport Coaching. Routledge.
  • Conricode, D. and Bradbury, S (2020 forthcoming) ‘Game Changer or Empty Promise? The English Football League mandatory code of coach recruitment in men’s professional football in England’ in Bradbury, S., Lusted, J., and Van Sterkenburg, J. (eds) (2020) ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Racisms in Sport Coaching. Routledge.
  • Bradbury, S., Lusted, J., and Van Sterkenburg, J. (Eds) (2020 forthcoming) ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Racisms in Sport Coaching. Routledge. London.
  • Bradbury, S. (2018) ‘The under-representation and racialised experiences of minority coaches in high level coach education in professional football in England’ in Hassan, D., and Action, C. Sport and Contested Identities (pp11-29). Routledge. London.
  • Bradbury, S., Van Sterkenburg, J., Mignon, P (2016) ‘The under-representation and experiences of elite level minority coaches in professional football in England, France and the Netherlands’ International Review of the Sociology of Sport (online first) DOI: 10.1177/1012690216656807
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘The progression of Black and Minority Ethnic footballers into coaching in professional football: a case study analysis of the COACH bursary programme’ in Allison, W., Abraham, A., Cale, A. Advances in Coach Education and Development: from research to practice (pp137-148). Routledge. London and New York
  • Bradbury, S. (2013) ‘Institutional racism, whiteness and the under-representation of minorities in leadership positions in football in Europe’. Soccer and Society, 14(3), 296-314. doi:10.1080/14660970.2013.801262
  • Bradbury, S. (2013) ‘Racisms and the experiences of minorities in amateur football in the UK and Europe’ Handbook of Sport and leisure Studies (pp. 216-229). Sage.
  • Bradbury, S. (2012) ‘Racisms, resistance and new youth inclusions: the socio-historical development and shifting focus of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic football clubs in Leicester’ in D. Burdsey (Ed.), Race, Ethnicity and Football: persisting debates and emerging issues (pp. 67-83). Routledge.
  • Bradbury, S. (2011) ‘From racial exclusions to new inclusions: Black and minority ethnic participation in football clubs in the East Midlands of England’ International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46(1), 23-44. doi:10.1177/1012690210371562
  • Bradbury, S. (2010) ‘It's not as simple as black and white: challenging racisms in English professional football through locally grounded multi-agency collaboration’ in J. Long, & K. Spracklen (Eds.), Sport and Challenges to Racism (pp. 199-213). Palgrave.
  • Kay, T., & Bradbury, S. (2009) ‘Youth sport volunteering: developing social capital? Sport, Education and Society14(1), 121-140. doi:10.1080/13573320802615288
  • Bradbury, S. (2008) ‘Youth Sport Volunteering: Developing social capital’ in Sport, Leisure, Culture and Social Capital: Discourse and Practice (pp. 51-67).
  • Bradbury, S., & Kay, T. (2008) ‘Stepping into Community? The impact of youth volunteering on young people's social capital’ in M. Nicholson, & R. Hoye (Eds.), Sport and Social Capital (pp. 285-317).
  • Bradbury, S., & Williams, J. (2006) ‘New Labour, racism and 'new' football in England’ Patterns of Prejudice 40(1), 61-82. doi:10.1080/00313220500482704

Report publications

  • Bradbury, S. (2019) ‘Evaluation of the FA Coach Inclusion and Diversity Programme:’ Loughborough University
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Evaluation of the FA Coach Inclusion and Diversity Programme: First Annual review (2017)’ Loughborough University
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘BAME representation in the professional coaching workforce: a review of the situation, stakeholder responses and potential future directions’ Loughborough University
  • Bradbury, S. (2017) ‘Levels of BME coaches in professional football in England: 2nd annual follow report’ Loughborough University, Sports People’s Think Tank, FARE Network. October 2017
  • Bradbury, S. (2016) ‘Levels of BME coaches in professional football in England: 2nd annual follow report’ Loughborough University, Sports People’s Think Tank, FARE Network. October 2016
  • Bradbury, S. (2015) ‘Levels of BME coaches in professional football in England: 1st annual follow report’ Loughborough University, Sports People’s Think Tank, FARE Network. October 2015
  • Bradbury, S. (2014). Cracking the glass ceiling? Levels of representation of 'visible' minorities and women in leadership and coaching in football in Europe and the experiences of elite level 'visible' minority coaches. FARE Network and Loughborough University (see summary of report at http://www.farenet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/The-glass-ceiling-in-football-screen3.pdf
  • Bradbury, S. (2014) ‘Ethnic minorities and coaching in elite level football in England: A call to action’ Sports People's Think Tank, FARE Network and Loughborough University (see report at http://www.farenet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/We-speak-with-one-voice.pdf
  • Bradbury, S., Amara, M., Garcia, B., Bairner, A. (2011) ‘Representation and structural discrimination in football in Europe’ FARE Network and Loughborough University