Dr Daniel Bloyce

Deputy Head of Department, Programme Leader: MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise, Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Sport


BA (Hons), MA, PhD


Daniel joined the Department in September 1995 and has been Deputy Head on the Chester campus since 2004. Apart from his duties as Deputy Head, Daniel is also a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise.

External Roles

Daniel is currently external examiner at the University of Ulster (MSc Sports Development and Coaching) and at Leeds Trinity University College (BA Sports Development and PE). Daniel has also been invited as a subject specialist on validation and re-validation panels for several undergraduate and postgraduate Sport and Exercise Sciences (or related) programmes.

Daniel is also co-founder and Co-Editor of the International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (Routledge), he is also on the Editorial Board for the Graduate Journal of Social Science. Daniel is an expert panel member for the British Baseball Hall of Fame. Daniel is also regularly invited to review papers for various different peer-reviewed journals including the European Physical Education Review and Leisure Studies. He has also acted as a expert reviewer on bids to ESRC and AHRC applications.

email: d.bloyce@chester.ac.uk

phone: 01244 513421


Daniel teaches sociology of sport modules and supervises dissertations at Level 6 and Level M. Modules currently taught on include:

  •          Introduction to the Sociology of Sport and Exercise (Level 4)
  •          Contemporary Issues in Sport (Level 5)
  •          Issues in Sports Development, Policy and Politics (Level 6)
  •          Issues in Sport, Health and Exercise (Level 6)
  •          Emergence and Development of Modern Sport (MSc)
  •          Research Methods (MSc)
  •          Sociology of Sports Development and Sports Policy (MSc)


Research interests

  •          Sport policy and development
  •          The working lives of professional sports performers
  •          Sociology of health and physical activity
  •          Figurational sociology and sociological theory
  •          The globalization of sport (baseball)
  •          The sportization of pastimes

Published work

Selected publications

Fry, J. & Bloyce, D. (2015). ‘Friends as enemies’. A sociological analysis of the relationship among touring professional golfers, International Review for the Sociology of Sport DOI: 10.1177/1012690215597659 (Impact Factor: 0.725)

Fry, J., Bloyce, D., & Pritchard, I. (2015). Issues of Money in the Lives of Touring Professional Golfers, Journal of Sport and Social Issues 39(3), 179-201 (Impact Factor: 1.049)

Powell, K., Thurston, M., & Bloyce, D. (2014) Local status and power in area-based health improvement partnerships, Health, DOI: 10.1177/1363459314524802

Bloyce, D., & Lovett, E. (2012). Planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy: a figurational analysis. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 4(3), 361-77.

Bloyce, D., & Smith, A. (2010). Sport policy and development: an introduction. London: Routledge.

Bloyce, D., Smith, A., Mead, R., & Morris, J. (2008). ‘Playing the Game (Plan)': A Figurational Analysis of Organizational Change in Sports Development in England, European Sport Management Quarterly, 8, (4), 359-378.

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