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Current research interests include digital leisure, music and leisure and diaspora, heritage and tourism, nationalism and identity in music, goth sub-culture, extreme metal and extreme music, and music and leisure and cultural theory.

Karl Spracklen is a Professor of Music, Leisure and Culture based in the School of Film, Music and Performing Arts. He was previously a Professor of Leisure Studies here at Leeds Beckett University.

Karl is the founder and principal editor of the journal Metal Music Studies, and an Ambassador for the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He has written extensively on music, subcultures, identity and leisure and culture, with interests in alternativity and marginalisation, and social inclusion and exclusion.

As well as popular music studies, Karl's research is based in the subject fields of leisure studies and leisure theory. He is a former Chair and of the Leisure Studies Association, and a current Ambassador for them. He is the Secretary of Research Committee 13 (Sociology of Leisure) of the International Sociological Association. He is the co-editor of a book series for Palgrave called Leisure Studies in a Global Era, and the author of a number of key monographs and textbooks on leisure.

Teaching on MA Popular Music as Leisure and Culture.