Professor Kevin Hylton, Emeritus Professor

Professor Kevin Hylton

Emeritus Professor

Kevin Hylton PhD is Emeritus Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education. Kevin is the first Black Professor to hold this honour in Carnegie history.

Kevin’s research is world leading in regard to 'race' research in sport and education. Kevin authored ‘Race’ and Sport: Critical Race Theory (Routledge, 2009) and Contesting ‘Race’ and Sport: Shaming the Colour Line (Routledge, 2018). Kevin is Chair of the Sheffield Race Equality Commission, Special Advisor to the Sport Monitoring Advisory Panel and Co-Editor of the Routledge Critical Series on Equality and Social Justice in Sport and Leisure.

Kevin was bestowed an Honorary Doctor of Science for an inspirational career in race relations, equality and social justice (University of Kent) and is an Honorary Fellow (Leeds Trinity). Kevin is Patron of the Advance HE Race Equality Charter, Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales, Visiting Professor at KU Leuven (Belgium) and was previously Head of the Research Centre for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (LBU), and Interim Pro Vice Chancellor Culture Equality and Inclusion at the University of Sussex.

Current Teaching

Kevin is supervising a range of postgraduate researchers on PhD/EdD programmes across a range of topics and areas of social science.

Research Interests

Kevin worked closely with Sport England on their report focusing on Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic communities' And the Royal Yachting Association on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Kevin is also working closely with Devon Malcolm (ex-England pace bowler) to develop a national Caribbean Cricket Association. Kevin has conducted thought leadership work with Nike and English Heritage.

Kevin's work in the area of social justice and critical race studies has helped to broaden the lexicon and understanding of ‘race’ in sport and leisure related contexts, while also building on the university's legacy of work on gender relations. His development of Critical Race Theory in the UK and its application across professions has underpinned his work with national governing bodies and national organisations where issues of under-representation, racial inequalities, individual, cultural and institutional racism, and intersectional issues in coaching and sport have required new perspectives to explain and disrupt them.

Professor Kevin Hylton, Emeritus Professor

Ask Me About

  1. Equality and inclusion
  2. Diversity
  3. Ethnicity
  4. Leisure
  5. Physical education
  6. Race
  7. Sociology
  8. Sport

Selected Outputs

  • Hylton K; Rankin-Wright AJ (2020) Black Women, Intersectionality and sport coaching. In: Bradbury S; Lusted J; van Sterkenburg J ed. 'Race’, Ethnicity and Racism in Sports Coaching. Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2019) CRT and the Critical Analysis of Gender, Sexuality and Blackness in Sport Excerpts from Contesting ‘Race’ and Sport: Shaming the Colour Line. In: Mack-Washington M; Carter D ed. Gender, Sexuality and The Black Athlete. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press,

  • Hylton K (2019) 'Race', Racism and Race Logic. In: Dagkas S; Azzarito L; Hylton K ed. ‘Race’, Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Health: Global Perspectives. Routledge,

  • Dagkas S; Azzarito L (2019) Introduction: The Project. In: Dagkas S; Azzarito L; Hylton K ed. RACE, YOUTH SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTH: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES. Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2018) Talk the talk, walk the walk: Defining critical race theory in research. In: Dixson A; Gillborn D; Ladson-Billings G; Parker L; Rollock N; Warmington P ed. Critical Race Theory in Education: Major Themes in Education. Routledge,

  • Rankin-Wright A; Hylton K; Norman L (2017) The policy and provision landscape for racial and gender equality, diversity and inclusion in sport coaching. In: Long J; Fletcher T; Watson R ed. Sport Leisure and Social Justice, Routledge, London.. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 194-208.

  • Long J; Hylton K (2017) ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’: biographies and subjectivities in the study of ‘race’. In: Long J; Fletcher TE; Watson R ed. Sport, Leisure and Social Justice. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2017) „Rasse“ und Sport: Critical Race Theory. In: Muller M; Steurwald C ed. »Gender«, »Race« und »Disability« im Sport Von Muhammad Ali über Oscar Pistorius bis Caster Semenya. Transcript Verlag,

  • Hylton K (2016) FOREWORD - Critical race Theory and American Sport. In: Hawkins B; Carter-Francique A; Cooper JN ed. Black Athletic Sporting Experiences in the United States Critical Race Theory. Palgrave Macmillan,

  • Hylton K (2016) Reflections and Influences, this way…this explains my reality: Critical Race Theory in sport and leisure. In: Doll-Tepper G; Bailey R; Koenen K ed. Perspectives on Sport, Education and Social Policy – The State of the Social Sciences in Sport. Routledge,

  • Hylton K; Rankin-Wright AJ (2016) ‘Race’, sport and politics. In: Kelly J; Lee J; Bairner A ed. Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. pp. 336-345.

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

  • Hylton K; Morpeth N (2015) London 2012: ‘Race’ Matters, and the East End. In: Bloyce D; Smith A ed. The 'Olympic and Paralympic' Effect on Public Policy. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2015) This way, this explains my reality: Critical Race Theory in Sport and Leisure. In: Cunningham G; Fink J; Doherty A ed. Routledge Handbook of Theory in Sport Management.

  • Hylton K (2014) 'Race', Racism and Football. In: Hughson J; Maguire J; Moore K; Spaaij R ed. Routledge Handbook of Football Studies. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2013) Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk: Defining Critical Race Theory in Research. In: Chakrabarty N; Roberts L; Preston J ed. Critical Race Theory in England. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K; Totten M (2013) Developing 'Sport for All'. In: Hylton K ed. Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2013) 'Race', Racism and International Football. In: Mason PL ed. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism V2 Rp. Detroit: MacMillan Reference Library,

  • Hylton K; Pilkington A; Warmington P; Housee S (2011) Critical Race Theory in the UK: What is to be learnt? What is to be done?. In: Hylton K; Pilkington A; Warmington P; Housee S ed. Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogue on critical Race Theory. Birmingham: CSAP/Higher Education Academy,

  • Long J; Hylton K; Lewis H; Ratna A; Spracklen K (2011) Space for inclusion? The Construction of Sport and Leisure Spaces as Places for Migrant Communities. In: Community and Inclusion in Leisure Research and Sport Development. Leisure Studies Association, pp. 33-53.

  • Hylton K (2010) Sport and Social Integration. In: Houlihan B; Green M ed. Routledge Handbook on Sports Development. London: Routledge,

  • Hylton K (2009) Critical Race Theory: An extended introduction. In: Pilkington A; Housee S; Hylton K ed. Race-ing Forward: Theorizing 'Race'. Birmingham: C-SAP/Higher Education Academy,

  • Hylton K (2008) Race Equality and Sport Networks: Social capital links. In: Nicholson M; Hoye R ed. Sport and Social Capital. London: Butterworth-Heinemann, pp. 257-284.

  • Hylton K (2013) The Great Sports Debate - Video.

  • Hylton K (2013) What is critical race theory and what is it doing in a nice field like sport and leisure?.

  • The Economist (2019) Subcontinental Slip: Asians are Britain's biggest cricket fans. Why do so few go professional?.

  • Smith N (2019) Solving Cycling’s Diversity Problem.

  • Hylton K (2023) Sheffield Patient and Carers Race Equality Framework (PCREF) Report: Implications from the Sheffield Race Equality Commission [Online]. Sheffield Health and Social Care and Sheffield Flourish.

  • Hylton K (2022) Sheffield Race Equality Commission Report [Online]. Sheffield: Sheffield City Council.

  • Royal Yachting Association (2021) Charting an equal, diverse, and inclusive course for the future of boating: RYA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2030 [Online].

  • Sport England (2020) Sport for All? Why Ethnicity and Culture Matters [Online].

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  • Hylton K; Lawton R; Watt W; Wright H; williams K (2019) Review of Literature, in The ABC of BAME New, mixed method research into black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and their motivations and barriers to volunteering [Online]. Jump Projects.

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  • Hylton K; Long J; Parnell D; Rankin-Wright A (2015) 'Race', Racism and Participation in Sport [Online]. Race Equality Foundation.

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  • Hylton K; Long J; Fletcher TE; Ormerod N (2015) South Asian Communities and Cricket (Bradford and Leeds) [Online]. Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

  • Norman L; North J; Hylton K; Flintoff A; Rankin AJ (2014) Sporting experiences and coaching aspirations among Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups: A report for Sports Coach UK [Online]. Sports Coach UK.

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  • 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 [Online]. England and Wales Cricket Board.

  • Long J; Hylton K; Spracklen K; Ratna A; Bailey S (2009) Systematic Review of the Literature on Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in Sport and Physical Recreation [Online]. Sporting Equals and the Sports Council.

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  • Long J; Welch M; Bramham P; Hylton K; Butterfield J; Lloyd E (2002) Count Me In: The dimensions of social inclusion through culture and sport [Online]. Department for the Culture Media and Sport.

  • Long J; Hylton K; Welch M; Dart J (2000) Part of the Game? An examination of the levels of Racism in Amateur Football [Online]. Kick it out.

  • Hylton K (2003) Local Government, ‘Race’ and Sports Policy Implementation: Demystifying Equal Opportunities in Local Government.

  • eds. Dagkas S; Azzarito L; Hylton K (2019) ‘Race’, Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Health: Global Perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Hylton K (2018) Contesting ‘Race’ and Sport: Shaming the Colour Line in Sport. London: Routledge.

  • eds. Hylton K (2013) Sport Development: Policy, Process and Practice. 3rd Edition London: Routledge.

  • Hylton K; Pilkington A; Warmington P; Housee S (2011) Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogue on Critical Race Theory. Birmingham: CSAP/Higher Education Academy.

  • Hylton K (2009) Race and Sport: Critical Race Theory. London: Routledge.

  • Pilkington A; Housee S; Hylton K (2009) Race(Ing) Forward: Transitions in theorising 'race' in education. Anchor Books.

  • eds. Hylton K; Bramham P (2008) Sports Development. Policy, Process and Practice. 2nd Edition London: Routledge.

  • Flintoff A; Long J; Hylton K (2005) Youth Sport and Active Leisure: Theory, Policy and Practice. 87 Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.

  • Hylton K; Long J; Flintoff A (2005) Evaluating Sport and Active Leisure for Young People. 88 Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.

  • Hylton K; Bramham P; Jackson D; Nesti M (2001) Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice. London: Routledge.