Joining the Scotland Rugby League in the newly created role of Vice Chair is Professor John Harris. John is an academic who has worked at universities in England, Wales, Scotland and the USA. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is well-known for his work on the socio-cultural analysis of sport and has published work on a number of different sports including rugby league. Much of John’s substantive research focuses on areas such as celebrity, identities and globalisation. His most recent publications include the co-edited book Rugby in Global Perspective (Routledge).
Born in Wales, John started coaching football as a teenager and undertook his first degree in Sport and Human Movement Studies. He spent two summers coaching in the USA and led the development of one of the leading football education degree programmes in the UK. He has worked with a variety of sports organisations and retains a strong interest in community sport development as a researcher, advisor, volunteer coach and parent.
Professor Harris is currently Associate Dean Research within the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University where he is part of the Senior Management Group for the School. He also serves on the editorial boards of four international journals and supervises doctoral research across various management subjects.