Ms Alison Forbes

Lecturer in Sport Sociology

Email address: Phone number: 01902 518800 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Sport & Human Science Areas of expertise: Equality; Diversity; Discrimination; Research on Football (mainly focusing on women's roles)


Since beginning my PhD with the University of Leicester I have been working alongside Sporting Equals, an equality organisation working within the sports sector. I have worked on monitoring and evaluation projects associated with workplace equality and diversity. I have also, in a voluntary capacity, worked with the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association as part of their disciplinary panel to review cases relating to discrimination in sport. My experience enables me to advise on issues pertaining to discrimination in sport, and equality and diversity.

Research interests

  • Equality and diversity
  • South Asian experiences in sport
  • Gender/ethnicity in sport and especially football



Date attained

BA (Hons) Sports Studies – University of Wolverhampton


MA Sport, Body and Society – Cardiff Metropolitan University





Current project activity

Edwards, L., Davis, P. and Forbes, A. (2016) Challenging Sex Segregation: A Philosophical Evaluation of the Football Association’s rules on mixed football. Sport, Ethics and Philosophy.



Forbes, A., Edwards, L. and Fleming, S. (2014) 'Women can't referee': exploring the experiences of female football officials within UK football culture.  Soccer and Society 10.1080/14660970.2014.882829

Previous professional experience


Date From

Date To

Cardiff Metropolitan University (Research Assistant)


University of Wolverhampton (Visiting Lecturer)







Further information

Staff Development

For those who teach  - March 2016