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Dr Alex Channon

Senior Lecturer

Sport and Service Management
Gaudick Road
BN20 7SR


Alex's ResearchGate profile can be viewed here

Alex's profile can be viewed here


Having previously taught at Loughborough University, the University of Greenwich and Syracuse University, Dr Alex Channon joined the University of Brighton in 2015, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Studies.  Teaching across the BA Physical Education, BA Physical Education with QTS, BA Sport Journalism and BA Sport Studies programmes, Alex delivers material covering educational theory, policy, media studies, research methods and sociology. 

To date, Alex’s research has focused on the sociology of sport, within which he earned his PhD from Loughborough University in 2012.  His interests largely centre on the relationship between sport, violence, and gender.  Here, his work has explored mixed-sex training and competition in martial arts and combat sports; the construction of gender and sexuality in sports media; and the contested meanings of ‘violence’ in sociological research on sport.

As well as publishing research papers across multiple peer-reviewed journals, Alex is the co-editor of Global Perspectives on Women in Combat Sports: Women Warriors around the World (Palgrave Macmillan) and was co-guest editor of a special issue of Sport in Society on the topic of Sex Integration in Sport and Physical Culture.  Additionally, Alex sits on the editorial board of Sociology of Sport Journal and the Martial Arts Studies book series (Rowman & Littlefield).

Research Publications

Number of items: 12.

Matthews, Christopher and Channon, Alex (2016) Understanding sports violence: revisiting foundational explorations Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. ISSN 1743-0437

Jakubowska, Honorata, Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2016) Gender, media and mixed martial arts in Poland: the case of Joanna Jędrzejczyk Journal of Sport and Social Issues. ISSN 0193-7235

Channon, Alex, Dashper, Katherine, Fletcher, Thomas and Lake, Robert J. (2015) The promises and pitfalls of sex integration in sport and physical culture Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. ISSN 1743-0437

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2015) Global perspectives on women in combat sports: women warriors around the world [Edited Collections]

Khomutova, Anastasiya and Channon, Alex (2015) ‘Legends’ in ‘lingerie’: sexuality and athleticism in the 2013 Legends Football League US season Sociology of Sport Journal, 32 (2). pp. 161-182. ISSN 0741-1235

Channon, Alex and Matthews, Christopher (2015) 'It is what it is’: masculinity, homosexuality, and inclusive discourse in mixed martial arts Journal of Homosexuality, 62 (7). pp. 936-956. ISSN 0091-8369

Channon, Alex (2014) Towards the 'undoing' of gender in mixed-sex martial arts and combat sports Societies, 4 (4). pp. 587-605. ISSN 2075-4698

Channon, Alex and Jennings, George (2014) Exploring embodiment through martial arts and combat sports: a review of empirical research Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 17 (6). pp. 773-789. ISSN 1743-0437

Channon, Alex and Jennings, George (2014) The rules of engagement: negotiating painful and 'intimate' touch in mixed-sex martial arts Sociology of Sport Journal, 30 (4). pp. 487-503. ISSN 0741-1235

Channon, Alex (2013) 'Do you hit girls?': some striking moments in the career of a male martial artist In: Sánchez García, R. and Spencer, D.C., eds. Fighting Scholars: Habitus and Ethnographies of Martial Arts and Combat Sports. Key Issues in Modern Sociology . Anthem Press, London, UK, pp. 95-110. ISBN 9780857283320

Channon, Alex (2013) Enter the discourse: exploring the discursive roots of inclusivity in mixed-sex martial arts Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16 (10). pp. 1293-1308. ISSN 1743-0437

Channon, Alex (2012) Western men and Eastern arts: the significance of Eastern martial arts disciplines in British men's narratives of masculinity Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, 1 (2-3). pp. 111-127. ISSN 2164-0602

This list was generated on Sun Jun 26 16:21:14 2016 BST.