Who we are

For the Love of the Game? is a team effort from researchers absed across the country. The project can also be followed on Twitter @ForTheLoveOfTheGame

Dr Mark Doidge is is Principal Research Fellow in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Brighton. His research focuses on political activism among football fans across Europe, particularly anti-racism, supporting refugees, environmentalism, anti-violence, and the broader political identities associated with football fandom. He is part of the Tackling Online Hate in Football project (https://tohif.com/) and the author of a number of books, including Ultras: The Passion and Performance of Contemporary Football Fandom (2020), Collective Action and Football Fandom (2018), and Football Italia (2015). He is also a trustee of the British Sociological Association and co-convenor of the BSA’s Sport Study Group, a committee member of Football Supporters Europe and a fan of Whitehawk FC. @MarkDoidge

Dr. Aarti Ratna (she/her): Much of my research has focused upon the intersections of race and gender in the context of women’s football. In particular, about the lives, identities, needs and pleasures of British Asian communities. In addition to advising various sporting organisations about racial and gender equity, I’ve worked with third-sector and charitable organisations to tackle social inequalities in and through localised sport and leisure contexts. That is, translating black and transnational feminist thought into practice.

Professor Peter Millward is Professor of Contemporary Sociology at Liverpool John Moores University.  His key research interests are in fan movements and progressive politics in football.  Together with Dr. Jan Andre Le Ludvigsen and Dr. Jonathan Sly, he published Sport and Crime:  Towards a Critical Criminology of Sport (Routledge, 2022) and in March 2023, Football Fans, Sexualities and Activism will be published (Routledge).

Dr Fiona Skillen is a senior lecturer in History in the Dept of Social Sciences, School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests concern modern history, in particular aspects of sport, gender and popular culture. She has worked on projects focusing on aspects of Scottish sports history including, the sporting heritage of Glasgow, the history of Scotland’s role in the Commonwealth Games, as PI on the EU Funded VolPower. She currently holds a FIFA/CIES Research Scholarship to research the development of women’s football in Scotland.  @FionaSkillen