Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport
Teaching and supervision
I lead the following modules:
- SSP160 Sport and Physical Activity in Contemporary Settings
- SSP265 Sport and Physical Education
- SSP266 Sport, Power and Social Relations
I also deliver an annual session at masters level on sociological aspects of health and illness. I have in the past delivered masters sessions at the University of Sunderland on drug use in sport and exercise.
I have also delivered modules in the Faculty of Education and Society. In 2016/17, I contributed two sessions to LLS221 (Students as Tutors), on Philosophy and Critical Thinking. I contributed two sessions in the same year to POL201 (European Political Ideas), on Nietzsche and the Existence of God. These two sessions will be repeated in 2017/18. I will also deliver in EDU302 (Ethics and Education) in 2017/18.
Other teaching contributions at the University include:
- SSP325 Sport, Public Health and the Media
- SSP150 Personal and Professional Skills
- Masters sessions on Research Ethics
- Masters session on Typologies and Theoretical Frameworks
- Level 5 Employability module
I am particularly interested in philosophical, ethical, social and cultural aspects of sport. Areas include gender issues, transgression in sport and its ethical character and cultural framings, the aesthetics of sport (especially football), the mind and emotions in sport, and sport (especially football) fandom.
Davis, Paul, Edwards, Lisa and Forbes, Alison (2019) Separate but Equal? A Philosophical Evaluation of Mixed-Sex Football in England. Fair Play, Journal of Philosophy, Ethics and Sports Law, 13. pp. 79-90. ISSN 2014-9255
Davis, Paul (2018) The Purist/Partisan Spectator Discourse: Some Examination and Discrimination. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 13. ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul and Edwards, Lisa (2017) Is it Defensible for Women to Play Fewer Sets than Men in Grand Slam Tennis? Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 44 (3). pp. 388-407. ISSN 0094-8705
Davis, Paul (2017) Philosophy of Sport: Key Questions (Book Review). Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 11 (4). ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul and Ryall, Emily (2017) Evaluating Violent Conduct in Sport: A Hierarchy of Vice. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 11. p. 207. ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul, Edwards, L. and Forbes, A. (2016) Challenging sex segregation: A philosophical evaluation of the Football Association's rules on mixed football. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 9 (4). pp. 389-400. ISSN 1751-1321
Calmeiro, L., Stoll, S.K. and Davis, Paul (2015) Moral Reasoning in Sport: Validation of the Portuguese Version of the RSBH Value-Judgement Inventory in Adolescents. Sport Science Review, 24 (5-6). pp. 285-304. ISSN 2069-7244
Davis, Paul and Edwards, L. (2015) The new IOC and IAAF policies on female eligibility: old emperor, new clothes? Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 8 (1). pp. 44-56. ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul (2015) Football is football and is interesting, very interesting. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 9 (2). pp. 140-152. ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul (2012) The Ladies of Besiktas: an Example of Moral and Ideological Ambiguity? Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, 6 (1). pp. 4-15. ISSN 1751-1321
Davis, Paul (2012) Ethics, Knowledge and Truth in Sports Research (Review Essay). Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. ISSN 0094-8705
Davis, Paul (2011) Unwarranted participant questions and virtuous researcher lies. Research Ethics, 7 (3). pp. 91-99. ISSN 1747-0161
Davis, Paul (2015) Philosophy of Mind and Sport. In: Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Sport. Routledge International Handbooks . Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 192-206. ISBN 9780415829809
Davis, Paul (2013) Hegemonic Fandom and Red Herring of Sectarianism. In: Bigotry, Football and Scotland. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 115-129. ISBN 9780748670369
Davis, Paul (2010) 'Objectivity and Subjectivity in Coaching'. In: The Ethics of Sports Coaching. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415557757
Davis, Paul Orthodoxy and Classical Assumptions in Science and Art. In: Beyond Disciplinarity in Social Research: Methodologies, Epistemologies and Philosophies. Routledge. (Submitted)
Conference or Workshop Item
Johansen, M, Whyte, Ian, Davis, Paul and Leyland, Sandra (2017) Attitudes and Beliefs about taking Steroid and Image Enhancing Drugs (SIEDs): A systematic review of studies with gym users. In: Association for Applied Sports Psychology Student Conference 2017, 20-21st May 2017, University of Winchester.
Davis, Paul and Edwards, Lisa (2016) Gender and Roller Derby: Women Keeping it to Themselves. In: British Philosophy of Sport Association Annual Meeting, April 4-6, 2016, Eastbourne. (Unpublished)
Davis, Paul (2011) The Supersized Mind in Sport? In: British Philosophy of Sport Association Annual Meeting, May 14-16, 2011, Prague, Czech Republic. (Unpublished)
- Philosophy and sociology of sport
- Gender in sport and physical activity
- Ethical issues in sport
- Football fandom
- Sport and aesthetics (especially the aesthetics of football)
I was Associate Editor and Review Editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, the discipline's flagship journal, between 2002 and 2007.
My co-written essay (published October 2017) on the sexes playing fewer sets in Grand Slam tennis was covered in the media, including the Guardian, BBC, The Independent, Sunderland Echo, ITV.com and Global Radio.
I was interviewed on football fandom ('Why Football Matters') in February 2014 for Spark Sunderland, to coincide with Sunderland FC's appearance in the League Cup final.
I was interviewed by Colourful Radio in October 2011 on elements of football fandom. I have been quoted by Times award-winning journalist Matthew Syed.
I have published several essays in the Scottish broadsheets The Herald and Scotland on Sunday, on (broadly) issues in sport, politics and culture. I have also published several essays in the former Scottish football fanzine, The Absolute Game.
I published an essay on philosophical questions in gambling for the Edinburgh University alumni magazine, Edit, to coincide with the launch of the National Lottery in 1994.