University of Leicester academic included in The Football Black List 2022

University of Leicester academic, Dr Paul Campbell has been named on The Football Black List 2022, alongside the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Stirling.

The list highlights the most influential black figures in English football from across the industry.

Dr Campbell is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of race and inclusion with particular focus on sport.

He is a leading voice in the study of the experiences of black footballers in British football.

Currently, Dr Paul Campbell is researching the social and historical experiences of Black women footballers in local football networks.

He is also researching the reproduction of racial stereotypes in sports video games, including the FIFA franchise (soon to be renamed EA Sports FC).

Dr Campbell is also the Inaugural Director of the University of Leicester Institute for Inclusivity in Higher Education.

Dr Campbell is one of five practitioners to be recognised by The Football Black List and the only person to be recognised from a British university.

The Football Black List was founded in 2008 by Leon Mann MBE and Rodney Hinds. It has become the most respected celebration of African and Caribbean achievement in the British game.

Dr Paul Campbell said: “To have been recognised with this award is an unbelievable and humbling honour, especially when you see the list of pioneering women and men who have been recognised previously and in this year’s list.

“It is also testament to the contribution of public sociology and research to making a positive change for racial equity in football, sport and in the communities we serve.”