Professor Michael McNamee

Professor, Sports Science

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Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics.

He has dual backgrounds and qualifications in philosophy and in sports sciences. He has published several books including Sports, Virtues and Vices (Routledge, 2008) and Sport, Medicine, Ethics (Routledge, 2016), Bioethics, Genetics, and Sport (Routledge, 2018).

He is the Founding Editor of the international journal “Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (2007-17), and Co-Editor of Routledge’s “Sport Ethics” book series (1998-). His work has been funded by various national research councils and the European Commission, in topics ranging from anti doping; eating disorders in sports; ethics of innovative sports medicine; human enhancement ethics and policy.

He is Programme Director of a consortium of six European Universities in a new Erasmus+ funded Master Degree in Sport Ethics and Integrity Mike has served as an expert ethicist for a number of organisations including UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Clinical Ethics and Clinical Effectiveness Committees in Wales, UK. He is a member of the Ethics Expert Group of the World Anti Doping Agency, and is Chair of the Independent Ethics Committee of South Wales Police.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Anti Doping Policy and Ethics
  • Sports Ethics
  • Genetic Ethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Research Ethics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Anti doping

Sport Ethics

Sport and Bioethics

Award Highlights


  • International Association for the Philosophy of Sport -  Distinguished Service Award (2014)
  • Linfield College, Oregon, USA - 44th Walter Powell Philosophy Lectures (2014)
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand Erskine Fellow (Funded Visiting Professor, 2012) - Porritt lecture
  • The Vatican - Papal medal (2009)
  • International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education - Phillip Noel Baker Award for Research in the service of Sport Science and Physical Education (2009)
  • International Association for the Philosophy of Sport - Distinguished Scholar Award (2008)
  • European College of Sport Science - Fellow (2008+)

I currently lead the Erasmus Mundus MA in Sport Ethics and Integrity, with 6 partners; Charles University, Czech Republic; Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany; KU Leuven, Belgium; Swansea University, UK; UPF, Spain; University of Peloponnese, Greece. He has long standing research collaborations with colleagues from Kings College London, UK; Manchester University, UK, the Norwegian University of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Oslo, and the Pennsylvania State University, USA.