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Dr Jack Sugden

Liverpool Business School

Faculty of Business and Law

Jack has 11 years’ experience working in the sport for development and peace field and has managed, coordinated and researched such projects in Israel/Palestine, South Africa, West Africa, Jordan, Northern Ireland, and most recently Colombia.
Jack is a founding member of the 'Action for Refugees’ network and has undergone participant ethnographies into rugby and identity in Fiji and mental health in mixed martial arts. Most recently Jack 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. His research interests lie sport, power and politics and his ongoing work around sport for social change and advocacy for reform in global sport governance.


2017, The University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, PhD
2012, Queens University, Belfast, United Kingdom, Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict
2009, The university of Manchester, United Kingdom, BA Hons International Politics


Sugden J, Schulenkorf N, Sugden J. 2024. Sport for Development: History, Themes, and Lessons Learnt Sherry E, Schulenkorf N, Phillips P, Rowe K. Managing Sport Development An International Approach Routledge. London 9781003303411 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Schulenkorf N, Sugden J, Sugden J. 2024. Sport for Development: History, Themes, and Lessons Learnt Managing Sport Development: An International Approach, Second Edition :124-138 9781032300917 DOI

Sugden JT, Sugden JP. 2023. Peace and reconciliation - Critical reflections across theory and practice Schulenkorf N, Wealty Peachy J, Spaaij R, Collison-Randall H. Handbook of Sport and International Development :176-186 Edward Elgar Publishing. Cheltenham 9781800378919 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden JT, Sugden J. 2020. Critical reflections on the future of global sport governance in a post-Covid-19 world Paul P, Brody R, Bo L. Sport and the Pandemic Perspectives on Covid-19's Impact on the Sport Industry Routledge 9780367616656 Publisher Url Public Url

Lakisa D, Sugden J, McDonald B. Stairway to heaven: Pasifika rugby migration and athlete welfare Melanie L. Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare

Sugden J. Untangling complexity: The ethnic, gender and class dimensions in Fijian sport and society Kanemasu Y, Besnier N. Towards a Pacific Island Sociology of Sport: Seeking New Horizons 22 Emerald Insight. Leeds, United Kingdom Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


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

Sugden J. Play Life: Values-based Life Skills Training through Physical Activity for Children Play Life: Values-based Life Skills Training through Physical Activity for Children

Journal article

Sugden JT, Sheps S, Sugden J. 2023. Assessing governance without government: A proposal for the International Council of Sport Governance International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden J. 2021. Fight the biopower! Mixed martial arts as resistance Sugden J. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden J. 2020. Jiu-jitsu and society: Male mental health on the mats Sociology of Sport Journal, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden JT, Schulenkorf N, Adair D, Frawley S. 2020. The role of sport in reflecting and shaping group dynamics: The “intergroup relations continuum” and its application to Fijian rugby and soccer Sport Management Review, 23 :271-283 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden JT, Kanemasu Y, Adair D. 2020. Indo-Fijian women and sportive activity: A critical race feminism approach International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 55 :767-787 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden JT. 2020. Sport and ethno-racial formation: imagined distance in Fiji Sport in Society, :1-20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Sugden JT, Adair D, Schulenkorf N, Frawley S. 2019. Exploring Sport and Intergroup Relations in Fiji: Guidance for Researchers Undertaking Short-Term Ethnography Sociology of Sport Journal, 36 :277-288 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Books (authored)

Reeves MJ, Hayton JW. 2016. Sport Development 101 Routledge. London DOI Publisher Url


Sugden J. Sport and Integration: An exploration of group identity and intergroup relations in Fiji Schulenkorf NICO, Adair DARYL, Frawley STEVE, Edwards DEBORAH.


Rising star award, Liverpool Business School. 2024

LBS Sustainability in Research and Knowledge Exchange Award, Liverpool Business School. 2023

2016 Research Award - $2000, Sport Management Australia and New Zealand, 2016

Public engagement:

Public talk or lecture, local adults, volunteers, foodbank organisers, member of parliament, councillor, Merseyside Health Minister, Organiser and speaker, CASA, 29 Hope Street, Fans Supporting Foodbanks reaserch and impact presentation, Fans Supporting Foodbanks presentation of research and impact to local volunteers, MPs, health minister and councillors. 2024

Media Coverage:

Wrote a long read/insights piece for The Conversation around the research I am leading into Fans Supporting Foodbanks 2023

Article in The Conversation 2020

External PGR examinations performed:

Western University, Sydney, PhD, Indo-Fijian Women as Subversive Bodies in Fiji’s Sporting Arena: An Arts-based Study. 2022

The University of Adelaide, PhD, Sport and Livelihoods of Young People in Suva, Fiji: A Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis. 2022

The University of Ulster, PhD, An Analysis of the Management Process in Sport for Development Projects in Northern Ireland. 2021

Fiji National University, PhD, The phenomenon of forced migration: A socio-economic and cultural journey of the internally displaced Indo-Fijian farmers. 2017

External collaboration:, Parliment, MP Ian Byrne - statement of impact. 2022, The Colombian ministry of sport - Coldeportes, FUNDACION BUEN PUNTO. 2020

Research Grants Awarded:

British Academy, ‘Fans Supporting Foodbanks’: civil society activism and resistance through sport, Dr Clay Gransden LJMU, Dr Matthew Hindmarsh LJMU, Grant value (£): 8,000, Duration of research project: 2 years. 2022

External committees:

Directors board, Football for Peace International, Director, 2016