The Sociology and Social Policy Section organised the following event for the 2016 British Science Festival:

The fight for the beautiful game
Earlier in 2016, thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of their football match against Sunderland, in protest to the decision to increase ticket prices. This is one of many examples of fan activism as they struggle to shape the direction of their clubs. An expert panel, including sociologist Mark Doidge and Alan Lewis from the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, explored the development of football into a corporate business and the important role fans have played in challenging this.

President 2016: Dr. Mark Doidge, University of Brighton
President 2015: Dr. Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University
President 2014: Professor Jonathan Gabe,  Royal Holloway, University of London

Co-Recorder: Dr. Rob Meadows, University of Surrey
Co-Recorder: Dr. Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Emmanuelle Tulle is a Reader in Sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research deals with lived and sensate ageing experiences to identify ways of enhancing the social and cultural location of older people via a focus on sport and physical activity in later life. She has investigated the factors which facilitate or inhibit the incorporation of physical activity into everyday life (focusing in part on the lessons that can be learnt from Master athletes), social and professional interactions in physical activity settings, the cultural meanings associated with being physically active and ‘sporty’. More recently, Emmanuelle turned her attention to the ‘discovery’ of sedentary behaviour as a public health problem.