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Richard  Elliott

Dr Richard Elliott

Head of Football Performance and Participation

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 3337 ext. 3337 Room no. RM204E

Biography

Dr Richard Elliott is Head of the Football Performance and Participation programme, Associate Professor and Director of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

He holds degrees from King Alfred's College, Winchester (BA Hons, 1st class), the University of Leicester (MSc) and Loughborough University (PhD). His expertise lies in the areas of globalisation and migration in football. He is the co-editor of Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players (Routledge, 2014) and editor of The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis (Routledge, 2017).

Richard has worked in conjunction with the Football Association, Premier League, League Managers Association, Professional Footballers' Association and a number of professional clubs. He also provides expert analysis for the media, appearing in print, and on radio and television.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Research interests

    Richard’s expertise lies in the areas of globalisation and migration in professional football where he has been published widely...
    Richard’s expertise lies in the areas of globalisation and migration in professional football where he has been published widely. He is the co-editor of 'Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players' (Routledge, 2015). Richard has worked in conjunction with the Football Association, Premier League, League Managers Association, Professional Footballers' Association, Kick It Out, and a number of professional clubs. He also provides expert analysis for the media, appearing in print, and on radio and television.
  2. Recent publications

    Richard's recent publications include books, book chapters, refereed journal papers, invited conference papers and more. For more information, follow the link below...

    Books

    Elliott, R. (Ed.) (2017). 'The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis'. London: Routledge.

    Elliott, R. & Harris J. (Eds.) (2015). 'Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players'. London: Routledge.

    Book chapters

    Elliott, R. (2017). 'Introduction: 25 years of the English Premier League'. In R. Elliott (Ed.) The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis. London: Routledge.

    Elliott, R. (2017). 'Winning the war for talent: foreign players, status and the English Premier League'. In R. Elliott (Ed.) The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis. London: Routledge.    

    Elliott, R. (2017). 'The best league in the world? Predicting the future of the English Premier League'. In R. Elliott (Ed.) The English Premier League: A socio-cultural analysis. London: Routledge.

    Elliott, R. (2015). 'Chasing the ball: The motivations, experiences and effects of migrant professional footballers'. In R. Elliott & J. Harris (Eds.) Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players. London: Routledge.

    Elliott, R. & Harris, J. (2015). 'Playing the long-ball game: Future directions in the study of football and migration'. In R. Elliott & J. Harris (Eds.) Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players. London: Routledge.

    Elliott, R. (2013). 'Reinventing the past: Youth and national team development in England and Germany'. In A. Waine & K. Naglo (Eds.) On and off the field: Football culture in England and Germany. Berlin: Springer.

    Elliott, R. & Maguire, J. (2010). ''Net-gains': Informal recruiting, Canadian players and British professional ice hockey'. In J. Maguire & M. Falcous (Eds.) Sport and Migration: Borders, Boundaries and Crossings. London: Routledge.

    Harris, J. & Elliott, R. (2015). 'Perspectives, places and players: An introduction to football and migration'. In R. Elliott & J. Harris (Eds.) Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players. London: Routledge.

    Refereed journal papers

    Elliott, R. & Gusterud, E. (2018). 'Finding the back of the net: Networks and migrant recruitment in Norwegian football'. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 53(1), 69-83. 

    Elliott, R. (2016). 'Football’s Irish exodus: Examining the factors influencing Irish player migration to English professional leagues'. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51(2), 146-161.

    Elliott, R. (2014). 'Brits abroad: A case study analysis of three British footballers migrating to the Hungarian Soproni Liga, Soccer and Society', 15(4), 517-534.

    Elliott, R. (2013). 'New Europe, new chances?: The migration of professional footballers to Poland's Ekstraklasa', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 48(6), 736-750.

    Elliott, R. & Bania, K. (2013). 'Poles apart: Foreign players, Polish football and Euro 2012, Soccer and Society special issue, 'Exploring the cultural, ideological and economic legacies of Euro2012'', Soccer and Society, 15(2), 256-271.

    Elliott, R. & Harris, J. (2011). 'Crossing the Atlantic from Football to Soccer: Preliminary Observations on the Migrations of English Players and the Internationalization of Major League Soccer', WorkingUSA, 14(4), 555-568.

    Elliott, R. & Weedon, G. (2010). 'Foreign players in the Premier Academy League: ‘Feet-Drain’ or ‘Feet-Exchange’?' International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 46(1), 61-75.

    Elliott, R. (2009). ''Feet-Drain' or 'Feet-Exchange'?: Examining the Effects of Elite Foreign Footballers in the Premier Academy League'. Birkbeck Sports Business Centre Research Paper Series, 2(2), 71-87.

    Elliott, R. & Maguire, J. (2008). ''Getting Caught in the Net': Examining the Recruitment of Canadian Players in British Professional Ice Hockey'. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 32(2), 158-176.  

    Elliott, R. & Maguire, J. (2008). ''Thinking Outside of the Box': Exploring a Conceptual Synthesis for Research in the Area of Athletic Labour Migration'Sociology of Sport Journal, 25(4), 482-497.

    Maguire, J. Mazur, Z. Wawrzyczek, I. & Elliott, R. (2009). ''New Europe, Old Games': Making Sense of Anglo-Polish Media Coverage of England versus Poland Football Matches'. Sport in Society, 12(2), 141-154.

    Refereed and invited conference papers

    Elliott, R (2018). ‘The precarious nature of foreign sojourn: Vincent Pericard, migration and mental illness’. Paper presented at 15th European Association for Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Bordeaux: France.

    Elliott, R. (2017). 'Winning the global war for talent: Immigrant players, status and the English Premier League'. Invited paper presented at High Point University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. 

    Elliott, R (2016). ‘Networks and migrant recruitment in professional football: An analysis of the Norwegian Tippeligaen’. Paper presented at 13th European Association for Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Copenhagen: Denmark.

    Elliott, R. (2015). 'Ireland's loss, England's gain: An analysis of the factors influencing Irish player migration to English professional football leagues'. Paper presented at 12th European Association for Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, Dublin: Ireland.

    Elliott, R. (2015). 'From the Baltic to the Solent: Some preliminary observations on the role that football can play in the integration of Polish migrants in Southampton'. Paper presented at Football as Inclusive Leisure, Southampton: England.

    Elliott, R. (2014). 'Professional football, commercialisation and the sponsorship, advertising, media axis'. Invited paper presented at Encontro Internacional de Futebol Unisport, Sao Paulo: Brazil.

    Elliott, R. (2014). 'Elite youth development and ‘feet-drain’ in Brazilian football'. Invited paper presented atEncontro Internacional de Futebol Unisport, Sao Paulo: Brazil.

    Elliott, R. (2013). 'Hungary for a chance: A case study analysis of British professional footballers' migrations to the Hungarian Soproni Liga'. 10th European Association for Sociology of Sport annual conference, Cordoba: Spain.

    Elliott, R. (2012). 'Football and international relations: People, places, power', Invited paper presented at Football: Politics of the global game, Warsaw: Poland.

    Elliott, R. (2012). 'Poles apart: Examining the migrations of professional players to Poland's Ekstraklasa'. International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress, Glasgow: Scotland.

    Elliott, R. (2012). 'The global game, the global league: Examining the globalisation of the English Premier League'. Invited paper presented at University of the West of England Hartpury Sports Management Conference, Gloucestershire: England.

    Elliott, R. (2011). ''Back to the future': Assessing the problems facing youth development in English grassroots and elite level football'. Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference: Leisure in Transition: People, Policy and Places, Southampton: England.

    Elliott, R. (2010l). 'Football’s ‘other’ transfer market: Examining the effects of foreign players and processes of ‘feet-exchange’ in the Premier Academy League'. Centers and Peripheries in Sport, Malmo: Sweden.

    Elliott, R. (2010). 'The athlete as highly skilled migrant: Examining the significance of a conceptual synthesis in athletic migration research'. Sport and Diaspora, Lisbon: Portugal.

    Elliott, R. (2009). 'A game of two halves?: Foreign players in the English Premier League'. Invited paper presented at Central Council for Physical Recreation European Summit, London: England.

    Elliott, R. (2009). 'Football's foreign exchange: Challenging perceptions of foreign player involvement in the English Premier Academy League'. Play the Game: 6th World Communications Conference on Sport and society,Coventry: England.

    Elliott, R. (2009). 'Football's new 'foreign legion'?: Foreign players in the Premier Academy League'. Invited paper presented at FC Business Live Player and Coach Development Conference, Birmingham: England.

    Elliott, R. (2008). 'Feet Drain or Feet Exchange?: The Effects of Foreign Players in the Premier Academy League'. Invited paper presented at 'Feet Drain': An Opportunity for Players and a Loss for Nations Conference, London: England. 

    Elliott, R. (2007). ''Ever Increasing Circles': Exploring the recruiting motivations of coaches in British professional ice hockey'. Paper presented at 4th European Association for Sociology of Sport annual conference, Munster: Germany.

    Elliott, R. (2005). 'Crossing Blue Lines and Baselines: North Americans in British Elite Basketball and Ice Hockey'. Paper presented at the British Sociological Association Sociology of Sport Research Group 1st Annual Postgraduate Research Forum, London: England.

    Consultancy reports

    Elliott, R. (2014). 'League Managers Association Review of Conduct in Technical Areas'. Burton: League Managers Association.

    Elliott, R. (2011). 'League Managers Association Review of Technical Areas'. Warwick: League Managers Association.

    Magazine Articles

    Elliott, R. (2010). 'And another thing'. In 'FC Business Magazine', London: Baltic Publications.

    Elliott, R., Cross, J., & Henderson, S. (2009). 'Self-Defence'. In 'The Manager', London: Caspian Publishing.