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Dr Thomas Fletcher


Dr Thomas Fletcher
Contact Details
Dr Thomas Fletcher

Reader

School Of Events, Tourism And Hospitality Management

0113 81 23515 T.E.Fletcher@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Thomas Fletcher

Dr Thomas Fletcher is Reader within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management. Tom is an interdisciplinary applied sociologist with particular interest in equality and diversity, social justice, families and fatherhood. He is committed to social justice and believes in the potential for academic work to be transformative, especially to the lives of those most vulnerable. Tom is especially concerned with how whiteness is manifest, performed, and its privileges sustained throughout all levels of society.

Tom is an internationally recognised researcher. His work can be broadly categorised under three intersecting areas. Firstly, migration and Black and minoritised ethnic communities where he is recognised globally for his work into the South Asian diaspora, race equality and social justice in sport, leisure and events. Secondly, social and cultural aspects of sports events where he has published on topics related ethical event hosting, community development, the Middle East and Islam. The third and most recent area concerns families and family events. Tom is the author of the 2020 monograph Negotiating fatherhood: sport and family practices (Palgrave Macmillan).

Tom is Chair of the University's Race Equality and Diversity Forum and a School Research Ethics Coordinator.

Beyond Leeds Beckett, Tom is Chair of the Leisure Studies Association, a learned society within the Academy of Social Sciences. Tom has a range of editorial roles with international peer review journals. He is currently Reviews Editor for Soccer & Society, Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications and a member of the Editorial Boards of Leisure Studies, Sociological Research Online and Sport in Society.

Current Teaching

Tom is a qualified teacher and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He teaches across the School's Undergraduate and Postgraduate provision in Sports Events Management:

  • Level 4
    • Sports Events in Society
  • Level 5
    • Sport, Media and Culture
    Level 6
    • Politics of Sports EventsResearch Methods
    • Dissertation supervision
  • Level 7
    • Sports Events, Impacts and Policy
    • Research Methods
    • Dissertation supervision

Tom is currently supervising PhD students researching a variety of issues in events, tourism and hospitality. He welcomes applications in relation to:

  • Social justice in events, tourism and hospitality
  • Families and events, tourism and hospitality
  • Sport events, leisure and tourism
  • Organisational cultures in events, tourism and hospitality

Tom is currently supervising the following projects:

  • Nancy Amoudi: A critical analysis of the educational mobilities of Palestinian students in Leeds, UK
  • Gulbahar Abdallah: Female migrant workers in Qatar hospitality industry
  • James Mee: A comparative analysis of the social impacts of adventure sport events in Scotland and Mongolia

Research Interests

Tom has an excellent track record of attracting external funding from consultancy and commissioned research. He has conducted projects for research organisations, public sector bodies and private companies, including the Economic and Social Research Council, Higher Education Academy, Sport Wales, England and Wales Cricket Board, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Public Health England and Meetings Professional International. Tom's work has influenced and shaped policy formation. For example, findings from work into South Asian communities for the ECB and Yorkshire Cricket Foundation have influenced policies and practices locally and nationally, for example the ECB’s South Asian Action Plan, which drew heavily on this work.

Tom has supervised a number of PhD projects through to completion:

  • 2019: Margaret Carmouche (first supervisor): The role of community events in negotiating social class identities;
  • 2018: Alexandra Witte (Director of Studies): A mobile ethnography of walking tourism on China's Ancient Tea Horse Road;
  • 2017: Ali Abdallah (first supervisor): The Lebanese diaspora and settlement in London: Hospitality, identities and mobilities.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (35)

Books (6)

  • Fletcher TE (2019) Negotiating fatherhood: Sport and family practices. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Channon A; Dashper K; Lake RJ; Fletcher T (2017) Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture Promises and Pitfalls. Routledge.
  • Long JA; Fletcher T; Watson R ed. (2017) Sport, Leisure and Social Justice..
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315660356
  • Fletcher TE ed. (2015) Cricket, migration and diasporic communities.
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K (2014) Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure. Sport in a global society London: Routledge.
  • Dashper K; Fletcher TE; McCullough N ed. (2014) Sports Events, Society and Culture. Routledge: Advances in Events Research Routledge.

Chapters (20)

  • Fletcher TE; Piggott D; North J (2017) Problems at the boundary'? South Asians, Coaching and Cricket. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. : , pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315660356
  • Long J; Fletcher T; Watson B (2017) Introducing sport, leisure and social justice. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. : , pp. .
    https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315660356
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Matzani R (2017) Gender justice? Muslim women's experiences of sport and physical activity in the UK. In: Long J; Fletcher T; Watson R Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. : Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Malcolm DE (2017) The International Cricket Council World Cup: A "Second Class" MegaMediaSport Event?. In: Wenner L; Billings A Sport, Media and Mega-Events. : Routledge, pp. 115-130.
  • Fletcher TE; Channon A; Dashper K; Lake RJ (2017) The promises and pitfalls of sex integration in sport and physical culture. In: Channon A; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Lake RJ Sex integration in sport and physical culture: Promises and pitfalls. : , pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Lusted J (2017) Connecting 'Englishness', Black and minoritised ethnic communities and sport: a conceptual framework. In: Gibbons T; Malcolm D Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited Kingdom'. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 95-110.
  • (2016) Cricket, migration and diasporic communities. In: Fletcher TE . London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; carrington B; McDonald I (2016) The politics of 'race' and sports policy in the United Kingdom. In: Houlihan B; Malcolm D Sport and Society. London: Sage, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Hylton K (2016) 'Race', 'whiteness' and sport. In: Nauright J; Wiggins D Routledge Handbook of Race, Ethnicity and Sport. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) Introduction: Sports events, society and culture. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) This is just the beginning.... In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Russell KA; O'Connor N (2014) Sporting mega-events and Islam: An introduction. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; Mccullough N Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE (2014) Who do 'they' cheer for? Cricket, diaspora, hybridity and divided loyalties among British Asians. In: Nauright J; Cobley AG; Wiggins DK Beyond C.L.R. James: Shifting boundaries of race and ethnicity in sport. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press., pp. 293-312.
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  • Fletcher T (2012) Sport and 'Race' in the British Isles. In: Nauright J; Parrish C Sports around the World: History, Culture and Practice. : ABC-CLIO, pp. .
  • Fletcher T (2012) 'Imran Khan'. In: Nauright J; Parrish C Sports around the World: History, Culture and Practice. : ABC-CLIO, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE (2012) Yorkshire, Cricket and Identity: An Ethnographic Analysis of Yorkshire Cricket's Imagined Community. In: Hughson J; Palmer C; Skillen F The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities. : The Edwin Mellen Press, pp. .
  • Fletcher TE (2012) Cricket, Identity and Community: British Asians and the Magical Recovery of 'Yorkshireness'?. In: Adams A Sport and Leisure Ethics, Rights and Relationships. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 113-138.
  • Fletcher T (2011) Common Cricket Cultures? The British Empire, Homogenisation and Post-Colonial Reinventions. In: Long JA; Fitzgerald H; Millward P Delivering Equality in Sport and Leisure. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 49-68.
  • Fletcher TE (2010) "Being Inside and Outside the Field". An Exploration of Identity, Positionality and Reflexivity in Inter-racial Research. In: Mansfield L; Chatziefstathiou D Leisure Identities and Authenticity. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 77-96.
  • Spracklen K; Fletcher T (2009) They'll Never Play Rugby League in Kazakhstan: Expansion, Community and Identity in a Globalised and Globalising Sport. In: Caudwell J Local Communities and Local Cultures in the UK. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 121-141.

Conference contributions (16)

  • Fletcher TE (2015) Cricket, whiteness and British Muslims Leuven, Belgium 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Piggott D; Fletcher T (2015) Exploring the barriers to South Asian cricket players' entry and progression in coaching Durham University 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
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  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'It's like having Crufts at the Olympics': Dressage, Class and London 2012. Salford University 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'Bring on the Dancing Horses': Social class and Dressage Events at the London 2012 Olympic Games Vancouver 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher TE (2012) Cricket, Ethnic Identities and Whiteness Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher T; Spracklen K (2012) Cricket, the Post-Match Drink and Exclusion of British Asian Communities Leeds, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher T (2012) Playing it White Rose: Cricket, Ethnic Identities and British Asians' Racial Subjectivities 01/01/0001 00:00:00. Northern Ireland:
  • Fletcher T (2012) Cricket and Exclusion Manchester Metropolitan University, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher T (2011) Aye, but it were wasted on thee: Yorkshireness, cricket, ethnic identities, and the 'magical recovery of community' Southampton Solent University, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00. UK:
  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Who do they Cheer for?' Cricket, British Asians and Divided Loyalty The University of the West Indies: Barbados 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Common Cricket Culture?' Cricket, Homogenisation and Globalisation 01/01/0001 00:00:00. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK:
  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Clearing the Boundary': British Asians, Yorkshire Cricket and Exclusion Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds 01/01/0001 00:00:00. Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds:
  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Doing Away with Indigenous Cricket Cultures? Playing Styles, Rationalisation and Homogenisation' 01/01/0001 00:00:00. Huddersfield:
  • Fletcher TE (2009) 'Three Lions on your [Imagined] Shirt?' Fandom and Diasporic Identities 01/01/0001 00:00:00. Huddersfield:
  • Spracklen K; Fletcher TE (2009) "They'll never play rugby league in Kazakhstan": expansion, community and identity in a globalised and globalising sport Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool 01/01/0001 00:00:00.
  • Fletcher TE (2009) "Being Inside and Outside the Field". An Exploration of Identity, Positionality and Reflexivity in Inter-racial Research Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, UK 01/01/0001 00:00:00.

Internet publications (3)

  • Fletcher TE (2019), Men's Cricket World Cup: diversity must be one of the rewards of a successful tournament
  • Fletcher TE; Malcolm D (2017), Cricket: more Twenty20 may sow seeds of demise for the quintessential English game
  • Fletcher TE; Platt L (2017), What 'walkies' says about your relationship with your dog

Reports (8)

  • Fletcher TE; Dowse S (2017) Sports events and community development: Mutual understanding, peace and security.
  • Didymus FF; Norman L; Fletcher T (2017) A systematic review of the Sport Wales elements of engagement. Sport Wales.
  • Fletcher TE; Snape B; Carnicelli S; Lawrence S (2015) Teaching and Learning Issues in the Disciplines: Leisure Studies. Higher Education Academy.
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  • Mulligan J; Kitchen E; Ormerod N; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Wood E (2015) Evaluation of the social and economic value of participation in meetings and conferences. Research Report, Meetings Professional International (MPI). Meetings Professional International (MPI).
  • Hylton K; Long J; Fletcher TE; Ormerod N (2015) South Asian Communities and Cricket (Bradford and Leeds). Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.
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  • Long JA; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Ormerod N (2015) Understanding participation and non-participation in sport amongst Black and minority ethnic groups in Wales. Cardiff: Report to Sport Wales from the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure.
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  • Parsons D; Thomas R; Fletcher TE; Kachel U (2014) Evaluation of the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability and Sustainable Society (BRASS). ESRC.
  • Fletcher TE; Piggott D; North J; Hylton K; Gilbert S; Norman L (2014) Exploring the barriers to South Asian cricket players' entry and progression in coaching. England and Wales Cricket Board.
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