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Dr Alistair John was awarded his Ph.D. from Victoria University, Australia after undertaking a B.Ph.Ed. (hons), B.A. (geography) and M.Ph.Ed. at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  Alistair’s research focuses on neoliberal ‘spaces’ of sport – examining the sportscape and how these sites reflect/reproduce neoliberal ideologies. In addition, Alistair has analysed the use of nationalism within advertising campaigns associated with sports events. Alistair peer reviews for the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and has presented at a number of national and international conferences.


Alistair is the Co-director of Undergraduate Studies for Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences.

Alistair is also the Senior Tutor for Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences

Alistair teaches across a range of study blocks, with a social sciences focus, including SP1703 - Introduction to the Social Sciences of Sport and, SP2707 - Delivery of Sports Development. Alistair also leads the level 2 & 3 generic synoptic assessments as well as the level 3 Sports Development synoptic assessment.

Newest selected publications

Kennedy, E., Hills, L. and John, A. (2017) 'Wimbledon: A megamediasport tradition', in Wenner, L. and Billings, A. (eds.) Sport, Media and Mega-Events. pp. 130 - 141. ISBN 13: 9781317397441.

Book chapter

John, A. (2016) ''Ultimate Sports City of the Decade': The role of sport in re-regulating neoliberal Melbourne, Australia'.2017 World Congress of Sociology of Sport. Taiwan. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Hills, L., Horne, S., Baltzopoulos, V. and John, A. (2016) 'FA Injury Risk in Mixed Gender Football U16 and U18'.


John, A., Stewart, B. and McDonald, B. (2013) 'Mixed doubles: political hegemony, urban entrepreneurialism and the Australian Open Tennis Championships'. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 30 (2). pp. 162 - 178. ISSN: 1743-9035

Journal article

John, A., Bruce, T. and Jackson, SJ. (2013) 'Traitor on High Seas: Russell Coutts, Kiwi Loyalty, and Opportunism in International Yachting', in Wenner, L. (ed.) Fallen Heroes: Sport, Media, and Celebrity Culture. New York : Peter Lang Publishers. pp. 135 - 147.

Book chapter
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