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Dr Christopher Faulkner

Liverpool Business School

Faculty of Business and Law

Christopher's research has primarily focused on the careers of athletes and those working within the sports industry. This has led to outputs related to the experiences of migration and mobility. Recently, Christopher has been working closely with the Fans Supporting Foodbanks movement to help them measure their impact and grow their influence as part of the '#Right to Food' campaign. This research is alongside colleagues within the Sport Business team drawing on a British Academy grant which is supporting the focus on fan activism and collective action.

Christopher has taught in higher education since 2012. His andragogic practice across subjects focused on the sports industry promotes a reflective and critical approach, developing case studies and examples to encourage students to draw on their own experiences or empathise with the case at hand.

He also has experience within industry having worked as a sports journalist and headed development centres for England Hockey's player pathways.


2017, University of Worcester, United Kingdom, PhD - Sport Migration
2012, University of Chester, United Kingdom, MSc - Sociology of Sport and Exercise
2008, Glyndwr University, United Kingdom, BSc - Sports Science


Sugden J, Faulkner C, Gransden C, Hindmarsh M. 2023. Fans Supporting Foodbanks Impact and Pantry Use in the Liverpool City Region

Nolan S, Faulkner C, Christiaens M, Hindmarsh M. 2023. 2022 Grand National Economic Impact Report Public Url

Vinson D, Cale A, Christian P, Huckle V, Faulkner C, Jones G. An evaluation of the ASPIRE III talent and performance coach development programme


Vinson D, Cale A, Huckle V, Faulkner C, Jones G. 2021. Investigating the value created through a selective talent and performance coach development programme Corsby C, Edwards C. Exploring Research in Sports Coaching and Pedagogy Context and Contingency 9781527576421

Faulkner C. 2020. “I have many places which I can call home”: Home and belonging in the experiences of professional basketball migrants O'Brien J, Holden R, Ginesta X. Sport, Globalisation and Identity New Perspectives on Regions and Nations Routledge 9781000196337

Molnar G, Faulkner C. 2016. Football-related migrations Routledge Handbook of Football Studies :151-162 DOI

Journal article

Faulkner C, Molnar G, Kohe G. 2019. "I Just Go on Wi-Fi": Imagining Worlds Through Professional Basketball Migrants' Deployment of Information and Communication Technology JOURNAL OF SPORT & SOCIAL ISSUES, 43 :195-218 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Faulkner C. 2016. Transnational mobilities in action sport cultures SPORT IN SOCIETY, 19 :287-289 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Other Professional Activity:

Parliamentary Impact Statement - FSF Impact Report. Ian Byrne MP - Liverpool West Derby. 2024

University of Miami (Ohio) Summer School. 2019

University of Miami (Ohio) Summer School. 2018

University of Maryland Summer School. 2017

University of Tampa Guest Lecture. 2016

Public engagement:

Public talk or lecture, Public, Facilitator, The Casa, Liverpool, Fans Supporting Foodbanks - Report feedback evening. 2024

Media Coverage:

The Conversation - Football fans fighting food poverty: how a ‘lifesaving’ mobile pantry scheme spread across the country 2023

2022 Grand National Economic Impact to Liverpool City Region 2023

Conference presentation:

The Fans Supporting Foodbanks network: critically proactive scholarship and civil society activism, The European Sport Management Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oral presentation. 2023

‘I have many places I can call home’, Political Studies Association, University of Vic, Oral presentation. 2017

‘You find me a deal…You get the commission’: Sports agents in the careers of basketball migrants, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Tampa, USA, Oral presentation. 2016

Migrants and ICT, British Sociological Association Sport Study Group, Edge Hill University, Oral presentation. 2015

Basketball Labour Migrations, Sport and Migration Network, University of Aarhus, Oral presentation. 2014

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and Professional Practice. 2019

Industrial connections:

FIBA Europe, Post-career Education Programmes. 2018

Other invited event:

University of Brighton Seminar Series, University of Brighton, ‘National Identity, borders and labour migration’. 2017

Conference organisation:

University of Worcester Postgraduate Conference, Conference Chair. 2013

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).