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Ms Amée Bryan

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Member of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences  




Amée's research interests are in gender and the feminist sociology of work. Amée's doctoral research explores women’s leadership work men’s professional football in England. This project provides a feminist sociological understanding of women’s work in male-dominated occupations, whilst helping to uncover the hidden history of women’s work in football leadership.

Amée is part of the Sporting Lives, Subcultures and Performance Research Theme.



Amée is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences at Durham University. Amée has an MSc in Applied Social Research from the University of Hull and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology & Counselling from Salford University. Amée's PhD project is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This PhD is a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership with Sporting Heritage and The National Football Museum.



Bryan, A. (2020) A view from the top: Women leaders and contradictory

constructions of gender inequality in English football, Jean Monnet Working Paper 11/20


Conference Papers

British Sociological Association Annual Conference (2019) "They think I'm a PR stunt": Young women's experiences of gendered ageism in football leadership.

BSA Work, Employment & Society Conference (2018) Women in a 'Man's World': A Study of Women in Leadership Positions in Men's Professional Football in England (1992 - present day)

International Football History Conference (2018) Women in a 'Man's World': A socio-historical perspective on women working in football leadership. Manchester City Academy. 


Newspaper/Magazine Articles

Gill, A. (2019) Football's gender problem: from the pitch to the boardroom, women are still being blocked from the top jobs. The Conversation 


Invited Speaker

Keynote 2019 Football Collective Conference

IWD 2019 Q&A on Women's Football at the National Football Museum


Research Related Media

Interview (2019) BBC Radio Newcastle 

Blog post (2018) Pulling the strings: 30 years of women in leadership in men's professional football in England, National Football Museum 



Sport, Culture & Society - Seminar Tutor (2017/18, 2018/19) & Guest Lecturer (2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21)

Perspectives in Social Research - Seminar Tutor (2018/19)

Qualitative Research Methods - Guest Lecturer (2018/19)

Global Sport Management - Guest Lecturer (2019/20)