Dominic Malcolm is Reader in the Sociology of Sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Following completion of a BA in Politics at Nottingham University, and MA in the Sociology of Sport at the University of Leicester, he was appointed Research Associate in the Centre for Research into Sport and Society. He subsequently became Research Fellow, Lecturer and Director of Masters Programmes and completed his PhD (by published work) at Leicester in December 2004. He started at Loughborough in 2005.

Dominic has authored 5 monographs, edited 9 anthologies and written over 100 journal articles and book chapters. These publications cover a wide range of subjects within the sociology of sport, including an analytic overview of the subdiscipline in Sport and Sociology (Routledge 2012) which has now been translated into Chinese.

Initially this work focused on cricket, and in particular aspects of violence, imperial and postcolonial relations and national identity, and in 2013 this strand of work culminated in the publication of Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity (Bloomsbury).

Most recently, research has focused on the intersection of sport, medicine and health. This body of work includes journal articles on the working practices of doctors and physiotherapists in sport, including their and inter-professional relations and management of confidentiality, and their role in the management of pain and injury.  In 2016 he published Sport, Medicine and Health: the medicalization of sport? (Routledge) and, in 2020, The Concussion Crisis in Sport (Routledge).

Current research projects include examinations of the media representation of concussion and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the construction of medical expert knowledge on concussion, and the impact of sport’s concussion crisis on a range of non-elite sports participants.

Additionally he is working with an international team of respiratory physicians on a major NIHR funded project, Global RECHARGE. The project seeks to design, implement and evaluate culturally applicable rehabilitation programmes for populations with or recovering from various forms of lung disease.

  • Research Fellow, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • Fellow, Norbert Elias Foundation

Selected External Research-Related Roles

  • Honorary Member, National Institute for Health Research Diet, Lifestyle & Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit based at University Hospitals of Leicester and Loughborough University.
  • Editor-in-Chief, International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Executive Board member, International Association for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Convenor, British Sociological Association Sport Study Group (2002-2011).

Selected Recent Research Projects and Sources of Funding

  • Sport and Exercise Medicine: A social science research agenda (Seminar series) National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.
  • The Medical Management of Sports Injuries: Costs and Cures, Wellcome Trust, £4000.
  • Methods of Appointment and Qualifications of Football Club Doctors in English Professional Football: A Follow-up Study (with A. Scott and I. Waddington, Chichester University Research Facilitation Fund, £5,000.
  • Physical Activity and Respiratory Health Study, Department of Health, £135,000.
  • Effect of the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine Programme on wider social outcomes for young people (with H. Musson and M. Nevill), Cricket Foundation, £20,000.

Featured publications

  • Malcolm, D. (2020) The Concussion Crisis in Sport. London: Routledge
  • Gibson, K. and Malcolm, D. (2019) Theorizing Physical Activity Health Promotion: towards an Eliasian framework for the analysis of health and medicine, Social Theory and Health,
  • Malcolm, D. and Pullen, E. (2019) ‘Everything I enjoy doing I just couldn’t do’: sport-related injury and biographical disruption, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine,
  • Malcolm, D. (2018) Concussion in sport: public, professional and critical sociologies, Sociology of Sport Journal, 35(2):
  • Malcolm, D. (2017) Sport, Medicine and Health: the medicalization of sport? London: Routledge.
  • Malcolm, D. (2013) Globalizing Cricket: Englishness, Empire and Identity. Bloomsbury: London.