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Dr Carrie Dunn

Dr Carrie Dunn



I am a writer and academic, and have been combining research and teaching with journalism since 2005. My research interests include sport, fandom, feminism and popular culture, and my professional background also means I am always interested in issues relating to the consumption of media.

My PhD, 'The experience of female football fans in the English professional game', was based largely on narrative interview data collected over two years and identifies key themes in female fan practices in England, including activism in supporters' groups, the importance they place on 'family' and 'community' in their fandom, and other patterns of typical behaviour, including media consumption.

My book, ‘Female Football Fans: Community, Identity and Sexism’, is available from Palgrave Pivot.

For details of other publications please visit my website.

Briefing papers based on this work have been requested by MPs, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, and the Football Supporters’ Federation, and my evidence was published by the Parliamentary select committee inquiry into women and sport in December 2013.

I am currently working on a project tentatively entitled 'The impact and significance of sporting role models for young women', and have been liaising with sport governing bodies as well as clubs to arrange their participation in the project.

Forthcoming work includes a project with a colleague based at Loughborough about the changes in governance in women’s football, and a book chapter about the media representations of women in professional wrestling.


Research Degree: The experience of female football fans in England: a qualitative study

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