Dr Andrew Harvey
Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Sciences
Sports Science
Telephone: (01792) 295514
Room: Academic Office - A125
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Dr Andy Harvey is a professional and interdisciplinary scholar with a track record of undertaking research within expected time frames and producing high quality scholarly and business publications. He has extensive relevant experience inside and outside of academia.

His recent work includes an impact assessment of research into match-fixing in professional football as part of a future REF submission. In addition to original research into match-fixing he has also published on inclusion and anti-discrimination in sport. He has taught international sports business modules at undergraduate level and supervised dissertations at Masters level international football industry executive education and in psychosocial studies. He has worked as a consultant with a number of football-related organisations, including FIFPro, the PFA, the FA, and UEFA.

Research Interests

  • Sport and the psychosocial with specific reference to inclusion and equity
  • Match-fixing and integrity in sport
  • Employment relations in sport

Areas of Expertise

  • Sport
  • match-fixing
  • integrity
  • literature


  1. McNamee, M., Harvey, A. Sport Integrity: Ethics, Policy and Practice: An Introduction Journal of Global Sport Management 4 1 1 7
  2. Harvey, A. The best there ever was? Reappraising Bernard Malamud’s The Natural Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature 34 2 83 99
  3. Harvey, A. Academics v activists: making sense homophobia in male team sport (Ed.), Sport and Discrimination London Routledge
  4. Harvey, A. Sport, Identity and Community (Ed.), Inter-Disciplinary Press
  5. Harvey, A. Boys will be Boys? An Interdisciplinary Study of Sport, Masculinity and Sexuality Inter-Disciplinary Press

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  • SR-261 Critical Issues in Sport Sociology

    This module introduces students to a range of theories and critical issues in sport. The emphasis of the module is to enable students to gain an understanding of the place of sport in the intersections between culture, society and the individual. The module is divided into three parts. In Part One, students are introduced a range of theoretical frameworks that underpin the study of sport and it place in our lives. In Part 2, students are able to apply those theories to some critical issues in sport, such as race, gender and sexuality. Finally, in Part 3, the module examines the changing media representation of sport. The course adopts a critical stance towards sport, asking questions such as: in whose interest is sport produced?; what does it mean to talk about sport and subjectivity? and; how might sport be rethought for the 21st century?

  • SR-368 Sport Integrity, Ethics and Policy

    This module examines the role of ethics in assessing the rationality of practice, policy, and governance in sport. The module will help students to develop a deeper understanding of the ethical dimensions of practical decisionmaking in sport and the philosophical foundations that underlie these ethical debates. Students will come to appreciate the significance of ethics in various sporting contexts, and they will develop their understanding of what constitutes a rationally defensible ethical approach to sport.

  • SRE700 Ethical theory, sports ethics and integrity

    This module develops an advanced understanding of the need for ethical reasoning in decisionmaking about sport. It examines the role of philosophical concepts (e.g. autonomy, harm, and fairness), normative theories of sport (e.g. formalism, conventionalism, and broad internalism) and ethical theories (e.g. consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics) to rational decisionmaking in a sporting context. Consideration will be given to decisonmaking concerning practices, participation, and institutions within sport. Students will come to appreciate the often hidden role that ethical reasoning plays in critical argumentation about key personal and policy issues in sports and sport integrity, and the module will serve as an advanced introduction to the Philosophy of Sport literature.


  • Athletes and workers rights in sport. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Mcnamee
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew Harvey

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
July 2013 Post-grad Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE University of London, Birkbeck
December 2012 PhD in Psychosocial Studies University of London, Birkbeck
September 2008 MA University of London, Birkbeck
October 2007 Certificate in Advocacy for Global Citizenship University of Gavle
June 2000 Post-graduate Certificate in European Labour Law University of London, Kings College
September 1991 MSc University of London, London School of Economics
June 1984 LL.B Law University of London, London School of Economics

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
August 2017 Present Lecturer in Sports and Exercise Science Swansea University
April 2004 Present Director and Consultant Andy Harvey Education and Training Consultancy Ltd, London
January 2016 May 2016 Researcher Birkbeck Sports Business Centre
December 2014 November 2016 Programme Manager, FIFPro Executive Education Programme Birkbeck Sports Business Centre
October 2014 December 2014 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Psychosocial Studies Birkbeck, University of London
January 2013 June 2014 Researcher Birkbeck Sports Business Centre
October 2010 September 2013 Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychosocial Studies Birkbeck, University of London
October 2010 July 2014 Visiting Lecturer Ruskin College, Oxford
November 1996 March 2004 National Education Officer General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), London
January 1988 September 1994 Senior Lecturer Thames Valley University, London

Key Grants and Projects

  • Impact assessment research as part of future REF submission from Birkbeck Research Committee 2015 - 2016

    , £9,781.56

  • Commercial funding obtained from FIFPro to develop and deliver Level 7 Executive Education Programme for FIFPro affiliate senior officials 2014 - 2015

    , £79,831

  • Obtained from European Sports Unit on behalf of Birkbeck/FIFPro for research and associated project activities to tackle match-fixing in Europe. 2012 - 2012

    , €248,000

  • Obtained from European Sports Unit on behalf of FIFPro to establish an Online Academy to support dual career education of professional footballers in Europe. 2010 - 2010

    , €240,000

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2012 Lyle Olson Award for best graduate essay for: ‘It’s only a game? Sport, sexuality and war in Don DeLillo’s End Zone’
2008 Laurel Brake Prize for best MA in Gender, Sexuality, Culture and Politics

External Responsibilities

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2013 - Present

  • Member, TUC Alliance Group on Homophobia in Sport

    2012 - Present

  • Member, Fields of Vision network

    2016 - Present

  • Member, Inter-disciplinary.net sports network

    2014 - Present

Invited Presentations, Lectures and Conferences

Date Description
May 2016 Organiser and chair of book launch and seminar on LGBT inclusion in sport
June 2015 Organiser of and keynote speaker at major seminar on combating match-fixing in Football
December 2014 Organiser and chair of major seminar on Inclusion in Football
April 2012 Organiser and chair of international seminar on Sport and Employment Rights