Dr. Gary Armstrong has been a Reader in the School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, since 2008 and in the employ of Brunel since 2000. He previously lectured in Criminology at the University of Westminster and the University of Reading. Among the many criminology projects he was involved in the two best known publications are Images of Control: The Rise of the Maximum Surveillance Society, (Berg, 1998) (co-authored with Clive Norris) and Surveillance, CCTV and Social Control, (Ashgate, 1999) (co-edited with Clive Norris and Jade Moran). His research into sports-related matters has produced the following publications: Football Hooligans: Knowing the Score, (Berg, 1998), Blade Runners: Lives in Football, (Hallamshire Press, 1999) and Sheffield United FC: The Biography (Hallamshire Press, 2007). He has also co-edited, alongside Richard Giulianotti, Entering the Field, New Perspectives in World Football, (Berg, 1997), Football Cultures and Identities, (Palgrave, 2000). Fear and Loathing in World Football, (Berg, 2001) and Football in Africa: Conflict, Conciliation and Community, (Palgrave, 2003).
From 1998-present he has researched the posibilities that football can offer to various demographics in the reconstruction of post-conflict Liberia. Recent researching Bosnia-Herzegovina is addressing the same question. Other long-term research has examined the role that football has played in the politics of Malta. The latter study produced a 2009 book co-authored with Jon Mitchell, titled Local and Global Football, (Routledge).
The year 2010 saw the publication of a book co-authored with Brunel colleague Alberto Testa titled Football, Fascism and Fandom:The UltraS of Italian Football (A&C Black, Bloomsbury). Another (co-authored with Matthew Bell )titled ‘Fit and Proper?: Conflict and Conscience in an English Football Club’ (Peak Publishing) was published in Novemeber 2010. Another book published in February 2011 co-authored with Pete Fussey and Dick Hobbs titled Securing and Sustaining the 2012 Olympic City examines the policing and security implications that surround London’s hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.This latter topic will domnate his research agenda for the next three years following his succesful co-application to the ESRC for funding to the value of £325,000 which was awarded in January 2011.
Newest selected publications
Armstrong, G., Hobbs, D. and Fussey, P. (2011) 'Sustaining and Securing the 2012 Olympic City'. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing. ISSN 10: 0754679454 ISSN 13: 978-0754679455
Armstrong, G., Hobbs, D. and Lindsay, I. (2011) 'Calling the shots: the pre-2012 London Olympic contest'. Urban Studies, 48 (15). pp. 3169 - 3184. ISSN: 0042-0980
Armstrong, G. and Mitchell, JP. (2011) 'Defence and attack: empire, nation and resistance in inter-war football in Malta'. Social Identities, 17 (3). pp. 303 - 320. ISSN: 1350-4630
Armstrong, G. and Testa, A. (2010) 'Football, fascism and fandom: The UltraS of Italian football'. Bloomsbury: A and C Black Publishers Ltd. ISSN 10: 1408123711 ISSN 13: 978-1408123713
Armstrong, G. and Rosbrook-Thompson, J. (2010) 'Coming to America: Historical ontologies and United States soccer'. Identities, 17 (4). pp. 348 - 371. ISSN: 1070-289X