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Dr Thomas Fletcher

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Dr Thomas Fletcher is a Senior Lecturer within Carnegie Faculty. Thomas's current research interests are broadly related to the sociology of sport and leisure and include: "race" / ethnicity, social identities, heritage, and equity and diversity.

Tom specialises in the social and cultural aspects of sport, leisure and events. His current research interests relate to families and fatherhood, race, ethnicity and whiteness and social justice within the context of sport, leisure and events. Tom has undertaken research and consultancy projects for a number of organisations, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Higher Education Academy, England and Wales Cricket Board, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, Sport Wales, Public Health England and Meetings Professional International (MPI)

Tom is a School Research Ethics Coordinator and an active member of the Access and Widening Participation Group and Race Equality and Diversity Forum. Beyond Leeds Beckett, Thomas is Secretary to the Leisure Studies Association.

Thomas is editor of Cricket, Migration and Diasporic Communities (Routledge, 2015) and co-editor of Sport, Leisure and Social Justice (Routledge, 2017); Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture (Routledge, 2017) Sports Events, Society and Culture (Routledge 2014); and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Sport and Leisure (Routledge 2014). He has published his work in a range of peer review journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Leisure Studies, Social and Cultural Geography and Sociological Research Online.

Tom is an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications and Editorial Board member of Leisure Studies, Sociological Research Online, Sport in Society and Soccer & Society.

Tom is currently supervising a number of PhD students in the areas of Tourism Mobilities, Educational Mobilities, Community Events and Sports Events. He invites enquiries from prospective students in the area of sport, leisure and events.

Current Teaching

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

Research Interests

Tom is currently working on a number of research projects including a monograph on sport and family practices (Palgrave), cricket and ageing, ethics and event hosting, Twenty20 cricket, sport and social cohesion, hospitality and diasporic identities and work identities. He is also co-Chair of the Organising Committee for the Leisure Studies Association annual conference (2017).