Paul Darby

Paul Darby is a Reader in the Sociology of Sport at Ulster University in Northern Ireland where he leads the Centre for Sport in Society. His teaching and research interests lie in the social sciences and history of sport and he has a particular interest in sport and migration and the role and place of sport in Africa. He is author of Africa, Football and FIFA: Politics, Colonialism and Resistance, published in 2002 and Gaelic games, nationalism and the Irish Diaspora (2009). He has also co-edited two books on football related disasters and the role of sport in the lives of Irish immigrant communities around the world. More recent work has focused on children’s rights in professional football.

He was previously editor of the international journal Soccer and Society and
currently sits on its editorial board. He has also guest edited special issues of African Historical Review, Sport in Society and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. Paul’s research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the British Academy, the European Union, UK Sport and UNICEF.