Dr Damion Sturm
About Dr Damion Sturm
Dr Damion Sturm is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in MSc Sports Event Management in the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality. He joined Leeds Beckett as a Senior Lecturer in Events Management in November 2015. Hailing from New Zealand, Sturm has an emerging specialisation in global sport media cultures, inclusive of events, celebrity, fan and material cultures.
Damion Sturm has co-authored the book Media, Masculinities and the Machine with Professor Dan Fleming (University of Waikato, New Zealand), as well as recent works on fan cultures, and sports as mega/media events (Formula One, TV technologies in Australian cricket and the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and nation-building and the 2011 Rugby World Cup).
Sturm's current projects are probing an array of sport, media and event topics, inclusive of the aura and performance of celebrity, the global sports spectacle, affective audience assemblages, commercially-laden media proliferation and complementary digital/social media platforms and their impact and influences across sport events.
Future projects will include analyses of:
- Formula One
- New Zealand national identity
- National and Global Sport Stars
- Fan Cultures
- Sport, Media and Culture (L5)
- Impacts and Legacies of Sport (L6)
- Event Marketing (L5)
- Dissertation Supervision (L7, L6)
- Sports Events: Impacts and Issues (L7)
- Politics of Sports Events (L6)
Sturm's research has explored how media construct and represent major events, as well as the impact of technological innovations in television, digital media and other tools/technologies such as video games, social media etc on specific sports.
This research has practical value and application outside of solely academic publications, thinking about how industries and organisations make use of various media forms to self-promote and represent themselves in relation to their events and activities, as well as the salience of merging and working with both traditional and new media platforms.