Staff Profiles: Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Staff Profile: Dr. Malcolm MacLean
Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Reader in the Culture and History of Sport

Sports Leadership, Education and Society

Malcolm is a historian and sociologist. His principal interests are the cultural and social experience and identities associated with sport and exercise as well as research ethics and integrity.


Malcolm's teaching and research interests are based on his background in history and anthropology. He is interested in ordinary experiences of cultural and social life and also has a particular interest in research design and ethics. He is also research degree's lead for the Schools of Sport & Exercise, Natural & Social Sciences and Health & Social Care.


Award Title Institution Date
BA Anthropology Massey University 1982
MA Wellington’s Class Prison: Holloway Road, 1919 to 1939. Steps Towards and Analysis of the Material Basis of Working Class Daily Life Victoria University of Wellington 1994
PhD Confronting Foundational Myths: Apartheid, Rugby and the Post Colonising of Aotearoa/New Zealand. The University of Queensland 2004


Article of the Year: Football as Social Critique: Protest Movements, Rugby and History in Aotearoa/New Zealand Int Jnl Hist Sport 17(2/3), 255-277. 2000.

ISHPES Award, 2017,

Membership of professional bodies

British Society for Sports History (Vice Chair 2005-2006, 2017, Chair 2007-2011)

International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (Council Member 2009-)

North American Society for Sports History

Teaching and research


I teach sociology and cultural studies, including Consuming Sport: Identities, Media and Capital(s). I supervise research degrees in historical, philosophical and policy areas in sport, play and tourism.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


My sport and exercise work addresses three major areas:

The colonial practice and identities in sport, principally indigenous and subaltern colonial peoples.

Sport focussed political activism.

The politics of knowledge production in higher education.


More publications from Dr. Malcolm MacLean can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

More thesis supervision by Dr. Malcolm MacLean can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Sport focussed political activism 

Sport and cultural boycotts

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Professional positions

Chair, British Society for Sports History, 2007-11.

Chair, University Research Ethics Committee, and university lead for Research Integrity.

Editorial board member for a number of sport history journals and for research funding councils in the UK and elsewhere.

External examining

De Montfort University Leeds Beckett University