Sociology Department Staff
Dr Stacey Pope
Stacey joined the School of Applied Social Sciences in 2013. She completed her ESRC sponsored PhD at the University of Leicester. She is a leading figure in the sociology of sport in the area of female sports fans. Her book, The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study, was published by Routledge in May 2017. Women’s experiences as sports fans have been largely ignored by academics but this book tackles these shortcomings in the literature and sheds new light on the many ways in which women become sports fans. The book looks at the growing numbers of women fans entering the traditionally male domain of the sports stadium and is the first study to focus on the phenomenon of the feminization of sports fandom.
Stacey is especially interested in issues of gender and sport. Her research to date has incorporated a number of areas including: the sociology of football and rugby union; comparative research in sports fandom; women, sport and place; rivalry and class distinction between sports fans; change and continuity in the lives of female sports fans; the meaning and importance of sport for women; and the formative experiences of females across different generations and the role of the family in shaping sporting involvement. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, incorporating sociology, history, sport and physical education, gender studies and leisure studies. Stacey’s current research agenda further develops her existing work in the area of female sports fandom. She recently began a three year AHRC project as principal investigator entitled: Female Sports Fandom in the North East: A Historical Study of Female Fandom and the Critical Intersections Between Sports Spectatorship and Participation (£243,710.04). This project runs until 2019 and is a comparative study of men’s and women’s sports in the North East of England.
Stacey is regularly invited to present on her research at national and international events and has delivered invited presentations at a number of institutions including the University of Oxford, the University of Copenhagen, Senate House Library, the British Library, the European Union Committee of the Regions, Public Health England and UEFA. She is a member of the steering group for the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities and a member of the Young People and Society Study Group. Stacey’s teaching is research led and she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Ref: PR083665).
My research has featured in the local and national media, including:
- BBC and ITV
- The Telegraph
- The Herald
- For details of my research on women and the 1966 World Cup, click here.
- Pope, S. (2016). Female fan experiences and interpretations of the 1958 Munich air disaster, the 1966 World Cup finals and the rise of footballers as sexualised national celebrities. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 51(7): 848-866.
- Jung, H., Pope, S. & Kirk, D. (2016). Policy for Physical Education and School Sport in England, 2003-2010: Vested Interests and Dominant Discourses. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy 21(5): 501-516.
- Pope, S. (2015). 'It's Just Such a Class Thing': Rivalry and Class Distinction Between Female Fans of Men's Football and Rugby Union. Sociological Research Online 20(2): 11.
- Pope, S. (2014). 'There are Some Daft People Out There!': exploring female sport and media fandoms. Sport in Society 17(2): 254-269.
- Pope, S. & Kirk, D. (2014). The Role of Physical Education and Other Formative Experiences of Three Generations of Female Football Fans. Sport, Education and Society 19(2): 223-240.
- Pope, S. (2013). “The Love of My Life” The Meaning and Importance of Sport for Female Fans. Journal of Sport & Social Issues 37(2): 176–195.
- Pope, S. & Williams, J. (2011). Beyond Irrationality and the Ultras: Some Notes on Female English Rugby Union Fans and the 'Feminised' Sports Crowd. Leisure Studies 30(3): 293-308.
- Pope, S. (2011). Like Pulling down Durham Cathedral and Building a Brothel. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 46(4): 471-487.
- Pope, S. & Williams, J. (2011). White Shoes to a Football Match!: Female Experiences of Football's Golden Age in England. Transformative Works and Cultures 6.
- Pope, S. (2008). Out in the Field. Sociology Review 17(4).
- Pope, S. (2017). The Feminization of Sports Fandom: A Sociological Study. Routledge.
Chapter in book
- Pope, S. (2018). 'Who Could Name an England Women’s Footballer?': Female Fans of Men’s Football and their Views of Women’s Football in England. In Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man’s World. Pfister, G. & Pope, S. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Pope, S. & Williams, J. (2018). A Socio-Historical Account of Female Experiences of Football’s Golden Age in England. In Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man’s World. Pfister, G. & Pope, S. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Pope, S. & Pfister, G. (2018). Introduction. In Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man’s World. Pfister, G. & Pope, S. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Pope, S. (2016). Female Fans of Men's Football. In Routledge Handbook of Football Studies. Hughson, J., Maguire, J., Moore, K. & Spaaij, R. Routledge.
- Pope, S. (2014). Female Football Fans and Gender Performance. In Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality. Anderson, E. & Hargreaves, J. Routledge. 245-253.
- Harvey, S., Pope, S., Fletcher, I. & Kerner, C. (2014). Jenny. 13-year-old female, early maturing and talented, physiology, sociology, psychology, pedagogy. In Pedagogical Cases in Physical Education and Youth Sport. Armour, K. Routledge. 144-155.
- Pope, S. (2012). The Meaning of Sport in the Lives of ‘Hot’ and ‘Cool’ Female Fans of Football and Rugby Union. In Sports and Its Female Fans. Toffoletti, K. & Mewett, P. Routledge: London. 135-165.
- Pfister, G. & Pope, S. (2018). Female Football Players and Fans: Intruding into a Man’s World. Palgrave MacMillan.
- Pope, S. (2017). English National Identity and Football Fan Culture, Who Are Ya?. Soccer & Society 18(1): 154-158.
- Pope, S. (2017). Sing When You’re Women: Why It’s Time to Take Female Sports Fans Seriously. The Conversation
Indicators of Esteem
- 2016: Keynote: ‘Female Sports Fandom: Existing Research and Future Agendas’. The Football Collective Conference: Research Insight Series. FC United, Manchester.
- 2015: Invited speaker for expert roundtable: ‘Female Fans and Women’s Football’. European Union Committee of the Regions, Brussels.
- 2013: Keynote: ‘Female Fans’. University of Copenhagen.
- 2012: Research Prize: Awarded early career researcher prize for best paper on the formative experiences of three generations of female football fans. The paper was selected from over 450 presentations at the International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) conference, July 2012.
- 2011: Elected Officer : British Society of Sports History (BSSH). 2011-2014.
- 2011: PhD Prize: Awarded University of Leicester College of Social Sciences PhD prize for outstanding performance, March 2011.
- Editorial Board member:
Soccer & Society.
- Editorial Board member:
The Football Collective. Expert lead on gender.
- Sports fandom, especially football and rugby union
- Gender issues in fandom and comparative research in sports fandom
- The sociology of football and rugby union
- Women's experienes of sport historically
- Gender and sport
- Female Sports Fandom in the North East: A Historical Study of Female Fandom and the Critical Intersections Between Sports Spectatorship and Participation