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Ian Woolsey

Ian Woolsey MA, BA, PG Cert

Senior Lecturer In Sociology


Former Faculty Research Fellow: College of Social Sciences and Arts.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Interests

Social Identity

Social Theory

The Sociology of Football Fandom


Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

Social Sciences and Arts

I am currently working on a Doctorate which explores relationships between different types of social spacing and the identities of ‘traditional’ travelling football supporters. The research is being supervised by Tony Blackshaw (Director of Studies), Tim Crabbe and Cinnamon Bennett.


Journal articles

Boylan, M., & Woolsey, I. (2015). Teacher education for social justice : mapping identity spaces. Teaching and teacher education, 46, 62-71.

Woolsey, I. (2010). Train stations and trainers: Observations of simulated football hooliganism in England. Soccer and Society, 11 (5), 588-598.


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.

Other activities

I became the careers link for Sociology in September 2012. My main aim is to ensure that students leave the University with a good grasp of the career options which are open to them.

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