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Dr Emma Poulton

Associate Professor

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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

Research groups

  • Healthy Communities

Esteem Indicators

  • 0000: 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).
  • 0000: 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).
  • 0000: 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.
  • 0000: Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Authority: Higher Education Academy

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Sport: sport and the media
  • Sociology: football-related violence
  • Sport: football-related violence
  • Sport: sport and national identity
  • Sport: anti-Semitism


Chapter in book

  • Poulton, E. (2014). Having the Balls: Reflections on Doing Gendered Research with Football Hooligans. In Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and Powerless. Lumsden, K. & Winter, A. Palgrave Macmillan. 77-89.
  • Poulton, E. (2014). The Hooligan Film Factory: Football Violence in High Definition. In Hooliganism, Crime and Crowd Management: Contemporary Perspectives in Relation to Research and Theory. Hopkins, M. & Treadwell, J. Palgrave Macmillan. 154-175.
  • Poulton, E. (2011). Fantasy Football Hooliganism in Popular Culture. In Sociology of Sport,Four-Volume Set. Giulianotti, R. Sage. Vol.3: Social Identities and Sites of Sport.
  • Poulton, E (2010). Football Hooliganism. In Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. Fischer, B.S. & Lab,S.P. London: Sage.
  • Poulton, E. & Roderick, M. (2008). Introducing Sport in Films. In Sport in Films. E. Poulton, & M. Roderick London: Routledge. xviii-xxvii.
  • Poulton, E. (2007). Don't Mention the War? The English Press Reporting of the 2006 World Cup. In Die Fuβball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006: Analysen zum Mediensport. Horky, T. Norderstedt: Hertsellung und Verlag: Books on Demand GmbH.
  • Poulton, E. (2002). On the Press Pack Stereotype Hunt. In Going Oriental: Football After World Cup 2002. Perryman, M. Edinburgh: Mainstream. 102-118.
  • Poulton, E. (2001). Tears, Tantrums and Tattoos: Framing the Hooligans. In Hooligan Wars: Causes and Effects of Football Violence. Perryman, M. Edinburgh: Mainstream. 122-138.
  • Poulton, E. (1999). 'Fighting Talk from the Press Corps'. In The Ingerland Factor: Home Thoughts from Football. Perryman, M. Edinburgh: Mainstream. 119-136.

Conference Proceeding

  • Poulton, E. (1998). National Identity Politics in the English Media Coverage of Euro 96. Third Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science.

Edited book

  • Poulton, E. & Roderick, M. (2008). Sport in Films. London: Routledge.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Poulton, E. (2013). Tackle antisemitism, not the ‘Yid Army’ chants. The Conversation


  • 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.
  • Poulton, E. (2014), Antisemitism in English Football: A Case Study of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Political Studies Association’s ‘Sport and Politics’ 8th Annual Conference. Liverpool John Moores University, UK., Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Poulton, E. (2014), 'Yid' as an Epithet and Term of Endearment in English Football: A Case Study of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Taboo Conference II. Durham University, Durham, UK, Durham University.
  • Poulton, E. (2012), The Representation of Social Issues and Identities in Sport-related British Films, Shooting Stars: Sports in Films, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. Paris, France, Paris.
  • Poulton, E. & Durell, O. (2012), Epithet or Endearment? Uses of the 'Y-Word' in Football Fan Culture: A Case Study of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, World Congress for the International Sociology of Sport Association. Glasgow, Scotland, Glasgow.
  • Poulton, E. (2006), 'Don't Mention the War!' How the English Press Frame Their Fans in World Cup 2006, Football, Media and Everyday Life. University of Leipzig, Germany, University of Leipzig.
  • Poulton, E. (2003), English Media versus Turkey at Football, Fans, Media Representation and Disorder: Towards Euro 2000 - Perspective and Solutions from the UK and Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul.

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