Dr Martin Roderick
Martin spent several years at the University of Leicester before moving to Durham University in 2004, where he is a Lecturer of Sociology. His main teaching responsibilities at Durham relate to the sociology stream in years 1 and 2 of the BA Sport programme. He is module leader for Sport, Culture and Society in Year 1 and Sport and Social Problems in Year 2.
Martin completed his Ph.D. examining the careers of professional footballers in 2003, which was subsequently published as a book: The work of professional football; A labour of love? He has been involved in research focusing specifically on the management of injuries in professional football. His current research interests concern the issue of risk, pain and injury in physical activity; the problems associated with work and careers in professional sport; and the inter-connections among family life, issues of work-life balance and athletic careers. With colleague, Dr Emma Poulton, he has recently edited a collection of essays which focus on 'Sport in Film'.
Martin has presented research papers recently at the 2009 World Congress of the Sociology of Sport; the 3rd International Qualitative Conference in Sport and Exercise; and was a Keynote speaker at the 2009 BASES Student conference, where he spoke on the topic of sport science technology and its impact on elite athletes.
He is currently supervising PhD students who are looking at the horse industry and rural social policy, retirement and identity issues, sport and desistance from crime, sport science and professional sport and sporting academies. He welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in these and other fields.
Martin is the admissions offer for the BA Sport programme and he is very happy to hear from potential students.
School of Applied Social Sciences
- Sport, Health and Policy
- Risk, pain and injury in physical activity
- Work and careers
- Family life
- Applied sports research
- Roderick, M.J. (2006). The Work of Professional Football: a labour of love?. London: Routledge.
- Poulton, E. & Roderick, M. (2008). Sport in Films. London: Routledge.
- Poulton, E. & Roderick, M. (2008). Introducing Sport in Films. In Sport in Films. Poulton, E. & Roderick, M. London: Routledge. xviii-xxvii.
- Roderick, M.J. (2006). The Sociology of Pain and Injury in Sport: main perspectives and problems. In Pain and Injury in Sport: Social and Ethical Aspects. Loland, S,, Skirstad, B. & Waddington, I. London: Routledge.
- Roderick, M.J. (2005). Uncertainty and Soccer Injuries. In Sporting Bodies, Damaged Selves: Sociological Study of Sports-Related Injury. Young, K. London: Elsevier.
Journal papers: academic
- Roderick, MJ (2012). An Unpaid Labor of Love: Professional footballers, family life and the problem of job relocation. Journal of Sport and Social Issues 36(3): 317-338.
- Manley, A., Palmer, C. & Roderick, M. (2012). Disciplinary Power, the Oligopticon and Rhizomatic Surveillance in Elite Sports Academies. Surveillance & Society 10(3/4): 303-319.
- Roderick, MJ (2012). Domestic Moves: An exploration of intra-national labour mobility in the working lives of professional footballers. International Review for the Sociology of Sport
- McKay, J. & Roderick, M.J. (2010). "Lay Down Sally": Media Narratives of Failure in Australian Sport. Journal of Australian Studies 34(3): 295-315.
- Roderick, M.J. (2006). A Very Precarious 'Profession': uncertainty in the working lives of professional footballers. Work, Employment & Society 20(2): 245-265.
- Roderick, M.J. (2006). Adding Insult to Injury: workplace injury in English professional football. Sociology of Health and Illness 28(1): 76-97.
- Roderick, M.J., Waddington, I., Malcolm, D. & Naik, R. (2005). The Use of Drugs in Professional Football. The British Journal of Sport Medicine (39): 18-23.
- Roderick, M.J. & Waddington, I. (2002). The Management of Medical Confidentiality in English Professional Football Clubs: some ethical problems and issues. British Journal of Sports Medicine 36(2): 118-123.