Dr Jack Sugden

Liverpool Business School

Jack joined LJMU in September 2020 as a senior lecturer in sport business.

Jack has 10 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 Fiji.
Jack is a founding member of the 'action for refugees' network and is currently undergoing a participant ethnography into mixed martial arts. Aside from this his research interests lie sport, power and politics and his ongoing work around sport for social change through football for peace international and the Colombian ministry of sport.


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

Journal article

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

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