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Dr David Webber
BA (Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

Senior Research Fellow

Department of Sport and Health

David Webber


Dr David Webber is a Senior Research Fellow, who also teaches on the BSc (Hons) Football Studies degree at Solent.

David joined Solent in October 2017, having spent ten years in the Politics and International Studies department at the University of Warwick, from where he was awarded his PhD in 2012. Alongside his PhD, David also holds a First Class Honours degree in Business from the University of Wales, and two master’s degrees – both conferred with Distinction – from the University of Birmingham in the disciplines of International Political Economy (IPE) and Political Science respectively.

David’s research continues his original interest in British politics and IPE, but has developed to examine the political, economic, and cultural changes that English and European football has undergone over the past 30 years. With one monograph already under his belt, Global Statesman (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), which examined the international development policies of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, David has gone on to write several research articles relating to the cultural political economy of football. These have included an analysis of English football’s ‘great transformation’, the ‘conspicuous consumption’ of elite Premier League clubs, the impacts of austerity upon the game’s local communities and grassroots football, the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium, and more recently, radical politics of standing at football matches.

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David has made several invited guest appearances across a range of local, national and international media channels to discuss issues relating to the governance and political economy of football, including the ongoing US-led investigations into the affairs of FIFA officials; the Hillsborough inquests; the likely impacts of Brexit upon sport; increasing transfer fees; fan disorder; the proposed European Super League; and the finances of Premier League clubs. He has also provided analysis of a number of Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FIFA World Cup matches for a variety of broadcasters.

He has been interviewed on various BBC radio stations and appeared live on ITV News (local and national), Sky News, Sky Sports News, A News (Turkey), Al Jazeera, CNN, Deutsche Welles, Euronews, France24, abc (Australia), CTV and Business News Network (both Canada), and contributed to written pieces that have appeared online and in print editions of BBC Sport, Bloomberg, City AM, Daily Express, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, L’Équipe (France), The Independent, New Statesman, Today (Singapore), the Washington Post, and Yleisradio (Finland).

David has also worked closely with Liverpool Football Club, and its Academy as part of a widening participation project. He has also worked with supporter groups such as the Spirit of Shankly and the Football Supporters Federation over the issue of safe standing. David also submitted evidence to several Parliamentary Select Committee inquiries.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Football Studies

The course is designed and tailored for those individuals passionate about football, enthusiastic to learn from the game in order to reach their aspirations to work within it....

BSc (Hons) Sport Management

Develop your passion for sport, and progress to a successful career leading and managing sporting events and organisations on this CIMPSA accredited course.