Dr Thomas Fletcher, Reader

Dr Thomas Fletcher

Reader

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.
Dr Thomas Fletcher, Reader

Ask Me About

  1. Sport
  2. Race
  3. Events

Selected Outputs

  • Fletcher T (2021) Cricket's racism crisis.

  • Fletcher T (2021) The ECB must launch a national inquiry into racism at all levels of cricket.

  • Fletcher T (2021) Parks, Play And Ethnic Blindspots: Informal Sporting spaces, Opportunities and Exclusions. In: UK Sport Development Network symposium on Sport and Social Justice: If not now, when?, 9 September 2021.

  • Fletcher T (2021) Managing perceptions: The role of sporting event media coverage in reframing or reinforcing representations of street-connected children. In: Leisure Studies Association.

  • Fletcher T (2021) ‘Event Decentring’: A Human-Centred Design Approach to maximising event social impact. In: AEME Forum.

  • Fletcher T; Ormerod N; Dashper K; Calver J; May E (2021) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Events Management Research. In: AEME Forum.

  • Fletcher T (2021) Public space, leisure and inequality. In: The British Sociological Association Leisure and Recreation Study Group, 19 March 2021.

  • Fletcher T (2020) Parks, Play And Ethnic Blindspots : Informal Sporting Spaces, Opportunities and Exclusions. In: Parks And Recreation Services For A Socially Just And Equitable Community, 14 July 2020, Academy of Leisure Sciences Africa.

  • Fletcher T (2020) Ethnic diversity and Yorkshire’s leisure industries. In: This is Yorkshire, 24 February 2020.

  • Dashper K; Fletcher T; Ormerod N; Marvell A (2018) What is events management? Student and academic staff perspectives. In: Association of Events Management Education (AEME, 4 July 2018 - 5 July 2018, Leeds Beckett University.

  • Fletcher TE (2015) Cricket, whiteness and British Muslims. In: Muslims, Sport and Physical Activity, 7 December 2015, Leuven, Belgium.

  • Piggott D; Fletcher T (2015) Exploring the barriers to South Asian cricket players’ entry and progression in coaching. In: PSA Sport SIG, 6 January 2015 - 8 January 2015, Durham University.

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  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'It's like having Crufts at the Olympics': Dressage, Class and London 2012. In: Leisure Studies Association, 9 July 2013 - 11 July 2013, Salford University.

  • Fletcher TE (2013) 'Bring on the Dancing Horses': Social class and Dressage Events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. In: International Sociology of Sport Congress, 13 June 2013 - 15 June 2013, Vancouver.

  • Fletcher TE (2012) Cricket, Ethnic Identities and Whiteness. In: Cricket, Migration and Diasporic Communities conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK.

  • Fletcher T; Spracklen K (2012) Cricket, the Post-Match Drink and Exclusion of British Asian Communities. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference - Sociology in an Age of Austerity, 11 April 2012 - 13 April 2012, Leeds, UK.

  • Fletcher T (2012) Cricket and Exclusion. In: Cricket and Globalisation - Global Studies Annual Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

  • Fletcher T (2012) Playing it White Rose: Cricket, Ethnic Identities and British Asians' Racial Subjectivities.

  • Fletcher T (2011) Aye, but it were wasted on thee: Yorkshireness, cricket, ethnic identities, and the 'magical recovery of community'. In: Leisure Studies Association annual conference, Southampton Solent University, UK.

  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Who do they Cheer for?' Cricket, British Asians and Divided Loyalty. In: The 3rd Sport, Race and Ethnicity Conference, 15 July 2010, The University of the West Indies: Barbados.

  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Common Cricket Culture?' Cricket, Homogenisation and Globalisation.

  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Clearing the Boundary': British Asians, Yorkshire Cricket and Exclusion. In: The Political Studies Association conference, 26 February 2010, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds.

  • Fletcher TE (2010) 'Doing Away with Indigenous Cricket Cultures? Playing Styles, Rationalisation and Homogenisation'.

  • Fletcher TE (2009) 'Three Lions on your [Imagined] Shirt?' Fandom and Diasporic Identities.

  • Spracklen K; Fletcher TE (2009) "They’ll never play rugby league in Kazakhstan": expansion, community and identity in a globalised and globalising sport. In: The Leisure Studies Association Conference, 9 July 2009, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool.

  • Fletcher TE (2009) "Being Inside and Outside the Field". An Exploration of Identity, Positionality and Reflexivity in Inter-racial Research. In: Leisure Studies Association Conference, 7 July 2009, Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury, UK.

  • Fletcher T (2021) Examining the role and significance of parental support on children’s uptake of sport. In: Trussell D; Jeanes R ed. Families, sport, leisure and social justice. Routledge,

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  • Dowse S; Fletcher T (2018) Sport mega-events, the 'non-West' and the ethics of event hosting. In: Naha S; Hassan D ed. Ethical concerns in sport governance. Routlege,

  • Fletcher TE; Piggott D; North J (2017) Problems at the boundary’? South Asians, Coaching and Cricket. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice.

  • Long J; Fletcher T; Watson B (2017) Introducing sport, leisure and social justice. In: Sport, Leisure and Social Justice.

  • 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 ed. Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Malcolm DE (2017) The International Cricket Council World Cup: A "Second Class" MegaMediaSport Event?. In: Wenner L; Billings A ed. 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 ed. Sex integration in sport and physical culture: Promises and pitfalls.

  • Fletcher TE; Lusted J (2017) Connecting 'Englishness', Black and minoritised ethnic communities and sport: a conceptual framework. In: Gibbons T; Malcolm D ed. Sport and English National Identity in a 'Disunited Kingdom'. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 95-110.

  • Fletcher T; Hylton K (2016) Whiteness and Race. In: Nauright J; Wiggins D ed. Handbook of Sport, Race and Ethnicity, London: Routledge.. London: Routledge,

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  • Fletcher TE; Piggott D; North J (2016) South Asian cricket coaches. In: Long J; Fletcher T; Watson R ed. Sport, leisure and social justice. Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; carrington B; McDonald I (2016) The politics of ‘race’ and sports policy in the United Kingdom. In: Houlihan B; Malcolm D ed. Sport and Society. London: Sage,

  • Fletcher TE; Hylton K (2016) ‘Race’, ‘whiteness’ and sport. In: Nauright J; Wiggins D ed. Routledge Handbook of Race, Ethnicity and Sport. Abingdon: Routledge,

  • (2016) Cricket, migration and diasporic communities. Fletcher TE ed. . London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) Introduction: Sports events, society and culture. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; McCullough N (2014) This is just the beginning... In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; McCullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE; Dashper K; Russell KA; O'Connor N (2014) Sporting mega-events and Islam: An introduction. In: Fletcher T; Dashper K; Mccullough N ed. Sports events, society and culture. London: Routledge,

  • Fletcher TE (2014) Who do 'they' cheer for? Cricket, diaspora, hybridity and divided loyalties among British Asians. In: Nauright J; Cobley AG; Wiggins DK ed. 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) 'Imran Khan'. In: Nauright J; Parrish C ed. Sports around the World: History, Culture and Practice. ABC-CLIO,

  • Fletcher T (2012) Sport and 'Race' in the British Isles. In: Nauright J; Parrish C ed. Sports around the World: History, Culture and Practice. ABC-CLIO,

  • Fletcher TE (2012) Cricket, Identity and Community: British Asians and the Magical Recovery of 'Yorkshireness'?. In: Adams A ed. Sport and Leisure Ethics, Rights and Relationships. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 113-138.

  • Fletcher TE (2012) Yorkshire, Cricket and Identity: An Ethnographic Analysis of Yorkshire Cricket’s Imagined Community. In: Hughson J; Palmer C; Skillen F ed. The Role of Sports in the Formation of Personal Identities. The Edwin Mellen Press,

  • Fletcher T (2011) Common Cricket Cultures? The British Empire, Homogenisation and Post-Colonial Reinventions. In: Long JA; Fitzgerald H; Millward P ed. 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 ed. 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 ed. Local Communities and Local Cultures in the UK. Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association, pp. 121-141.

  • Fletcher TE (2019) Negotiating fatherhood: Sport and family practices. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • eds. Channon A; Dashper K; Fletcher T; Lake RJ (2017) Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture Promises and Pitfalls. Routledge.

  • eds. Long JA; Fletcher T; Watson R (2017) Sport, Leisure and Social Justice.

  • eds. Fletcher TE (2015) Cricket, migration and diasporic communities.

  • eds. Fletcher T; Dashper K (2014) Diversity, equity and inclusion in sport and leisure. London: Routledge.

  • eds. Dashper K; Fletcher TE; McCullough N (2014) Sports Events, Society and Culture. Routledge.

  • 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.

  • Fletcher TE (2009) Three Lions on your [Imagined] Shirt? Fandom and Diasporic Identities.