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Dr Emma Poulton

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Emma has worked at Durham since 1999, when she was recruited to help develop the newly-launched sport degree programmes. She was previously a Teaching and Research Assistant in Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University, where she obtained her PhD.

Her doctoral research involved an analysis of the construction and representations of national identity in the media coverage of the 1996 European Football Championships. This research interest developed to examine the media representations of English football fans and 'hooligans'.

Over the last few years, Emma's research has focused upon antisemitism and Jewish identity within the context of English football. Her expertise on antisemitism in football has been recognised through several Invited Key Notes at international conferences.

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PhD Students

Emma welcomes enquiries from prospective research students in the areas of: antisemitism and football / sport; Jewish identity and football / sport; and discrimination and hate crime in sport, particularly within football fan cultures.

Research interests

  • Antisemitism in football
  • Football, policy and social justice
  • Football-related disorder
  • Media representation of football-related disorder/fan cultures
  • Sport and national identity
  • Sociology of sport

Esteem Indicators

  • 2000: Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Authority: Higher Education Academy
  • 2000: INVITED KEY NOTE: Poulton, E. (2018) Antisemitism in Football: Similarities and Differences within European Fan Cultures. Presented at ‘Football: Politics of the Global Game 2018’ International Conference, University of Warsaw, Poland (15-16 November 2018).
  • 2000: INVITED KEY NOTE: Poulton, E. (2015) Understanding Antisemitism and the Contested Uses and Meanings of ‘Yid’ in English Football: A Case Study of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Anne Frank House International Conference on Tackling anti-Semitism in Professional Football @ Amsterdam Arena, The Netherlands.
  • 2000: INVITED KEY NOTE: Poulton, E. (2018) Collective Identity and Forms of Abuse and Discrimination in Football Fan Culture. Presented at ‘The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fans Cultures’ International Conference, Berlin (12-13 April 2018).


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