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

Course Leader

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

David Webber


Dr David Webber is a senior lecturer on the Football Performance and Participation programme, and a member of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research. 

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 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 a number of 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 clubs, the impacts of austerity upon the game’s local communities, and, more recently, the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium and what it would mean for grassroots football.

A member of the Political Studies Association Sport and Politics group and sub-editor of the Football Collective, David has also worked with a number of organisations including Liverpool Football Club, the Football Supporters Federation and the Spirit of Shankly. He has made a number of local, national and international media appearances to discuss issues relating to the governance and political economy of football.

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David has made a number of media appearances to discuss issues relating to the governance and political economy of sport, 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; and the fan violence at Euro 2016. 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, Al Jazeera, CNN, Euronews, France 24, abc (Australia), CTV and Business News Network (both Canada). David’s analysis of these issues has also been picked up by Reuters and the Press Association and published in the online and print editions of BBC Sport, Bloomberg, City A.M., Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Independent, New Statesman, Today (Singapore) and the Washington Post.

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 a Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into the proposed sale of Wembley Stadium.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Football Studies

Follow your football dreams with this industry-leading degree. Working with our Southampton FC partners, gain the skills to join our graduates working for Premier League clubs, FIFA and the FA.

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.

MA Sport Management

Looking to further your career in the sport management industry? This masters in sport management will give you the advanced knowledge and skills required for a successful...