Emeritus Professor David Rowe

Emeritus Professor, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Honorary Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath
Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London 


Photo of Emeritus Professor David RoweDavid Rowe, FAHA, FASSA, is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Research, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University; Honorary Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Bath; and Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London.

His books include: Popular Cultures: Rock Music, Sport and the Politics of Pleasure (1995); Globalization and Sport: Playing the World (co-authored, 2001); Sport, Culture and the Media: The Unruly Trinity (second edition, 2004); Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport (co-authored, 2012); Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? (co-edited, 2014), and Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of ‘Nationing’ in Contemporary Australia (co-edited, 2018).

A Chief Investigator on 10 Australian Research Council projects, in 2015 received Western Sydney University’s Excellence in Research (Researcher of the Year) Award.  David is a frequent expert commentator in both Australian and international media on socio-cultural matters.  His work has been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Spanish and Turkish.

In 2018 he received the Australian Sociological Association Distinguished Service to Sociology Award, and in the same year his book Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures (2011) was an Outstanding Book Selection of the National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea.


Qualifications

  • PhD, 1986, Sociology, University of Essex, UK
  • MA, 1978, Sociology, University of York, UK
  • BA (Hons), 1976, Sociology, University of Nottingham, UK

Research Focus

  • Sociology of Culture
  • Cultural, Media, Sport and Leisure Studies

Selected Awards and Recognition

  • 2018: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Sociology
  • 2018: Research Associate, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London, UK
  • 2018: Outstanding Book Selection of Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures, National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea Supporting Excellent Books of Basic Sciences Program
  • 2018: Best policy paper prize, Leisure Studies Association Conference (UK) awarded by the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure & Events
  • 2016: Elected Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • 2015: Vice-Chancellor’s University Awards, Excellence in Research (Researcher of the Year)
  • 2014: Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2014: Honorary Professor. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Bath, UK.
  • 2003: Visiting Research Fellowship. School of Cultural Studies, University of the West of England, UK
  • 1997-8: Visiting Research Fellowship. Centre for Communication and Information Studies, University of Westminster, London; Chelsea School Research Centre, University of Brighton, UK
  • 1993-4: Visiting Research Fellowship. Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths' College; School of Social Sciences, University of Bath; Sir Robert Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, University of London, UK
  • 1989-90: Visiting Research Fellowship. Department of Sociology, University of Essex; Department of Communications, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, UK

Selected Publications

Rowe, D., Turner, G. and Waterton, E. (eds) (2018) Making Culture: Commercialisation, Transnationalism, and the State of ‘Nationing’ in Contemporary Australia. London and New York: Routledge.

Scherer, J. and Rowe, D. (eds) (2014) Sport, Public Broadcasting, and Cultural Citizenship: Signal Lost? London and New York: Routledge.

Rowe, D. (2012) ‘The Bid, The Lead-Up, The Event and The Legacy: The Global Cultural Politics of Awarding and Hosting the Olympics’, British Journal of Sociology, 63(2): 285-305.

Hutchins, B. and Rowe, D. (2012) Sport Beyond Television: The Internet, Digital Media and the Rise of Networked Media Sport. New York and Abingdon, UK: Routledge (paperback, 2013) Chinese translation, Beijing: Zhong Guo Chuan Mei (2016).

Rowe, D. (2011) Global Media Sport: Flows, Forms and Futures. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic. Korean translation, Seoul: Myung In Publishers (2017).

Rowe, D. (2007) ‘Sports Journalism: Still the ‘Toy Department’ of the News Media?’, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism 8(4): 385-405.  Republished in R. Boyle (ed) Sport and Communication. London: Sage (2016).

Rowe, D. (2004) Sport, Culture and the Media: The Unruly Trinity (second edition) (first edition, 1999). Maidenhead, UK and New York: Open University Press/McGraw-Hill Education. Arabic translation, Cairo: The Nile Group (2006); Chinese translation, Beijing: McGraw Hill and Tsinghua University Press (2013).

Rowe, D. (2003) ‘Sport and the Repudiation of the Global’,International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 38(3): 281-94. Also published in P. James (ed) (2009) Globalization and Culture Vol III, Part XIII. London and New Delhi: Sage.

Miller, T., Lawrence, G., McKay, J. and Rowe, D. (2001) Globalization and Sport: Playing the World. London: Sage.

Rowe, D. (1995) Popular Cultures: Rock Music, Sport and the Politics of Pleasure. London: Sage. Turkish translation, Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari (1996)


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Professor Rowe is a regular expert contributor to the media, including The Conversation, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, BBC and CNN. Some of his recent media appearances can be found on the ICS in the Media(opens in a new window) page.