Research Insight Series: Second Chair Announced

Jean WilliamsWe are delighted to announce that Professor Jean Williams will chair and present as part of the Research Insight Series for one of 3 afternoon sets of presentations at our forthcoming conference on the Wednesday 30 November 2016 at FC United.

Jean Williams is a Professor of Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University and has written several books on football, most recently Globalising Women’s Football: Europe, Migration and Professionalisation (Peter Lang, 2014). Jean has recently become more interested in object based research and, having published on football boot and replica shirt design, she is currently working on a chapter looking at the history of the World Cup Poster.

Complimenting her role as chair, Jean will also provide a presentation offering her insight and expertise on:

Football by Design: World Cup Posters 1930-2014 by Professor Jean Williams


How can you get involved?

Research Insight Series: Within this period, The Football Collective board members and/or researchers and academics in football are invited to present. The purpose of this series is to share, discuss and create ideas and discussion to take into the evening.

Presentations are invited on published research, research interests, current research projects, research issues, methodological challenges, new research ideas, potential collaborative opportunities.

This will be an important time to share research updates and discuss critical issues in football. The format of these sessions will be split between three types of presentations: (i) 10min presentations followed by 10min discussion between presenter and participants and, (ii) PechaKucha 20×20 [a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, with the images advancing automatically as you talk along with the images] followed by a discussion between a panel of presenters and participants, (iii) or tailored presentations and timings based on the needs of the presenter (i.e., performance, video etc).

If you would like to present, please provide a 300 word abstract (inc. title, author, affiliation) with an indication of the type of presentation you would be willing to contribute (either (i) 10min presentation, (ii) PechaKucha, or (iii) something else.


Time Activity
9:00am – 9:15am Arrival and refreshments 
9:15am – 9:30am Welcome and introduction to The Football Collective
9:30am – 12:15  PhD student / Early Career Researcher Workshop

Chair: Professor Alan Tomlinson, who will provide a summary and presentation on:

Future Research in Football

12:15 – 1pm Lunch
1pm – 3pm Research Insight SeriesChair 1: Professor Simon Chadwick, presentation on: Football’s new geography – what Beijing and Doha mean for the sport

Chair 2: Professor Jean Williams, presentation on: Football by Design: World Cup Posters 1930-2014

Chair 3: TBC

3:00pm – 3:30pm Break and refreshments
3:30pm – 5:30pm Keynote Panel Discussion – Chair: Dr Peter MillwardOwen Gibson,  chief sports correspondent at the Guardian

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Home Secretary

Andrew Jennings, Investigative journalist

Shelley AlexanderBBC Lead for Women’s Sport

Inc. refreshments

5:30pm – 6:00pm Summary and way forward discussionInc. refreshments
6:00pm – onwards All participants are invited to continue the debate into the evening at our local curry house.


How to submit and/or register

All abstracts must be submitted to Dan Parnell by Wednesday 10 August 2016 via email to

All registrations, including those for presenters should be made by Wednesday 10 August 2016.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dan Parnell ( or Paul Widdop ( via email.

See our Eventbrite page here.

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