Dr Mathew Dowling

Senior Lecturer

Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology

Department:Sport and Exercise Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Mathew is an organisational sociologist interested in the application of organisational and political theory to examine the changing organisation and structure of sport systems within the UK and Canada.

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Background

Mathew joined ARU in June 2016 as a Senior Lecturer on the Coaching and Physical Education programme. Prior to joining ARU, Mathew completed his BSc and MSc in Sport Management at Loughborough University (2006-2009) before undertaking his doctoral studies at the University of Alberta, Canada (2010-2014).

His doctoral work examined the development of Canadian Sport for Life and the leadership team responsible for the creation and dissemination of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework. Mathew was also Lecturer in Sport Development and Management at the University of St Mark and St John (2014-2016) and is a passionate basketball enthusiast.

Research interests

  • Institutional Theory
  • Sport Policy and Politics
  • Elite Sport Development
  • Governance
  • Professionalisation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Government involvement in sport
  • Paralympics

Areas of research supervision

  • Institutional Theory
  • Sport Policy and Politics
  • Elite Sport Development
  • Governance
  • Professionalisation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Government involvement in sport
  • Paralympics

Teaching

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and Physical Education
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Science

Qualifications

  • Ph.D Physical Education and Recreation (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • MSc Sport Management (Loughborough University, UK)
  • BSc Sport and Leisure Management (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA)

  • Level 2 Coach: England Basketball
  • Level 2 Official: England Basketball

Memberships, editorial boards

Member of the European Association for Sport Management (EASM)

Selected recent publications

Dowling, M, Legg, D, & Brown, P. (in press). Cross-Comparative Sport Policy Analysis and Paralympic Sport. In Brittain, I., & Beacom, A. (eds). The Routledge Handbook of the Paralympic Games. London: Routledge.

Dowling, M, & Legg, D. (in press). Stakeholders and the Paralympic Games. In Darcy, S., Frawley, S., & Adair, D. (eds). Managing the Paralympics. London: Palgrave-MacMillan.

Dowling, M, & Smith, J., 2016. The Institutional Work of Own the Podium in Developing High Performance Sport in Canada, Journal of Sport Management, 30(4)

Dowling, M, Edwards, J, & Washington, M., 2014. Understanding the Concept of Professionalization in Sport Management Research. Sport Management Review, 17(4), pp.520-529.

Dowling, M, Robinson, L. & Washington, M., 2013. Taking Advantage of the London 2012 Olympic Games: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sport Partnerships. European Sport Management Quarterly, 13(3), pp.269-292. (Awarded ESMQ Article of the Year)

Recent presentations and conferences

Dowling, M., & Washington, M., 2016. Epistemic Communities and Knowledge Based Networks in Sport Policy and Governance: A Case Study of Canadian Sport for Life. (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the European Association for Sport Management Conference. Warsaw, Poland).

Brown, P, Dowling, M, Legg, D, & Beacom, A., 2016. Unpacking Comparative Sport Policy: Exploring the Challenges of Applying Comparative Models to Examine Paralympic Sport. (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the European Association for Sport Management Conference. Warsaw, Poland).

Legg, D, Higgs, C, & Dowling, M., 2016. Understanding the Para-Sport Pathway: Focus on Participation (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the North American Federation of Adapted Physical Activity Symposium. Edmonton, Canada).

Dowling, M, & Smith, J., 2015. The Institutional Work of Own the Podium in Developing High Performance Sport in Canada (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to European Association for Sport Management Conference. Dublin, Ireland).

Dowling, M, Brown, P, & Salisbury, P., 2015. Higher Education Sport Development: Examining the Role of the United Kingdom Higher Education Sector in Sport and Physical Activity. (Abstract submitted for oral presentation European Sport Development Network Conference. Leeds Trinity, Leeds).

Dowling, M., & Washington, M., 2014. Under New Governance? Examining the Role of Canadian Sport for Life in Sport Policy and Governance (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the North American Society for Sports Management Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

Smith, J, & Dowling, M., 2013. Still Owning the Podium? The Institutional Work of Own the Podium to Maintain High Performance Sport in Canada (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the North American Society for Sports Management Conference. Austin, Texas)

Dowling, M., 2013. Policy Implementation: Alignment, Barriers, Influence and Value of the LTAD in Ringette. (Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the Canadian Sport for Life National Summit, Ottawa)