Christopher Moriarty

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Chris Moriarty

Senior Lecturer in Sport Business Management


Chris is the Course Leader for the MSc in Sport Business Management, teaching modules on international strategy and work based learning. He also teaches on the BSc in Sport Business Management, contributing to modules on the structure and organisation of sport, sport facility management and strategy for sport organisations.


Chris has been a lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University since 2004. He worked for 12 years as a manager in local government sport and leisure or Nottingham and Sheffield City Councils. His experience covers major events (for example the 1991 World Student Games in Sheffield, Nottingham’s Robin Hood Marathon), funding bids (he was part of the team that secured a £26 million lottery award for the National Ice Centre in Nottingham) and was responsible for sport strategy in Nottingham and Sheffield. He has also acted as Policy Adviser to the Yorkshire Sports Board.

He is an experienced consultant, having worked in the University’s Sport Industry Research Centre for 10 years, completing major projects for Sport England, The British Paralympic Association, the English Federation for Disability Sport and many local authorities.

Chris has an interest in using computer simulation for student learning and has developed sport management simulations for teaching students at Sheffield Hallam. He has presented at international conferences on this subject.

Since 2012 he has been Course Leader for the MSc in Sport Business Management and pioneered the development of a 12 week Work-Based Learning Project which students undertake with the University's major sports partners in the region. This is a unique module amongst postgraduate sport management courses in the UK.

Specialist areas of interest

Participation and community sport
Local government's role in sport
Sport policy
Performance measurement and management
Facility management
Strategic development of sport organisations


Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Sport Business Management

BSc Sport Business Management

MSc Sport Business Management

The Sport Management Environment
Operational Facility Management
Strategic Facility Management
Strategic Management of Sport Business
Contemporary Issues in Sport Management
International Sports Strategy
Work-Based Learning Project


SIMU-SPORTCENTRE - sports facility business simulation software and learning package


Journal articles

Bullough, S., Moriarty, C., Wilson, J., & Panagouleas, T. (2010). The nature of latent demand compared to expressed demand using active people 2. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4 (1), 39-54.

Conference papers

Moriarty, C., & Taylor, P. (2011). Sports Facility Management Simulation Software: enhancing teaching and the learning experience via computer simulation. In Sports Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, Sydney, 2011.

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