Ian Woolsey

Dr Ian Woolsey BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer In Sociology


I am the course leader for the B. A (Hons) in Sociology. I first came to Hallam in 1991 where I studied for my undergraduate degree in Applied Social Studies. Subsequently, I completed a Master's in Social Science Research Methods, a postgraduate certificate in Autism, and a PhD. in Sociology. I also completed a postgraduate teaching qualification and became a member of the Higher Education Academy.

I have been employed at Hallam since 2006, initially as a researcher, and now as a senior lecturer. My main areas of interest are the Sociology of Identity, Subcultures (particularly football fans), and Social Theory.


My primary research interest is football fan identity, and related issues of belonging, aesthetics, and morality. My recent (2021) book, 'Football Fans and Social Spacing: Power and Control in a Modernising Landscape', uses Bauman's model of social spacing to interpret the power struggles of travelling football supporters. This builds upon my earlier work in 2010 which explored the simulated performance of football hooliganism.


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

Teaching Interests

Social Identity

Social Theory

The Sociology of Football Fandom


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Course Leader BA (Hons) Sociology
MRes in Social Science

The Sociological Imagination - Level 4
Graduate Development - Levels 4, 5, and 6
Theorising Modernities - Level 5
Youth, Chaos, and Control - Level 6
Dissertation - Level 6
Philosophies of Research: Contemporary Social Theory - Level 7
Principles of Methodology: Social Constructionism - Level 7


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Journal articles

Boylan, M., & Woolsey, I. (2015). Teacher education for social justice : mapping identity spaces. Teaching and teacher education, 46, 62-71. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2014.10.007

Woolsey, I. (2010). Train stations and trainers: observations of simulated football hooliganism in England. Soccer & Society, 11 (5), 588-598. http://doi.org/10.1080/14660970.2010.497353

Beardon, L., Woolsey, I., & Martin, N. (2009). What do students with Asperger syndrome or highfunctioning autism want at college and university? (in their own words). Good Autism Practice, 35.


Woolsey, I. (2021). Football Fans and Social Spacing Power and Control in a Modernising Landscape. Palgrave Macmillan.

Theses / Dissertations

Woolsey, I. (2018). Away from nothing: An ethnographic study of travelling Sheffield Wednesday supporters. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Blackshaw, T. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00113

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