Dr Campbell is Associate Professor in the Sociology of race and inclusion and is the inaugural Director of the University of Leicester Institute for Inclusivity in Higher Education.
He is an interdisciplinary scholar of race and inclusion primarily in two areas: in Higher Education spaces, and in Sport.
His work sits at the intersection of sociology, history, education and sport and is driven by my commitment to equality, diversity and social justice. His research and related teaching, engagement and impact activities tackle and lead scholarly conversations and HE practice in relation to current and urgent issues in HE or sport. These include issues such as, designing interventions for how to make curricula and assessment more inclusive for all students and identifying new ways in which racial exclusions manifest in sport.
Paul’s recent monograph, "Education, Retirement and Career Transitions for 'Black' Ex-Professional Footballers" draws on a combination of interviews and auto-ethnographic data, the author provides a case-study of 16 ‘black’ British male professional footballers' preparedness and experiences of retirement and transition from careers as professional athletes to mainstream work. The book offers a new perspective as few studies in sport have attempted to explicitly explore the intersections of race, class and masculinity in relation to career transitions.
His recent HE and inclusion-based reports include the “Tackling Racial Inequalities in Assessment in Higher Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Case Study” (2021) and “The Evaluation of the University of Leicester’s Decolonizing the Curricula Toolkit” (2022) (funded by the Transforming Access and Student Outcomes). The former is the first large scale qualitative study to examine and sketch-out the ways in which students of colour experience exclusion in HE assessment and related practices. The latter is the UK’s first large scale, mixed methods evaluation of the efficacy of a racial inclusion in curricula intervention on improving the experiences of students of colour in HE.
I am an active and award-winning researcher. My research interests are centred on the lived experiences and exclusions of people of colour in higher education and in local and professional sport. I am also interested in developing interventions for best inclusion practice and in holistic ways of measuring the impact and efficacy of race inclusion work.
My current projects include:
- An examination of the social and historical experiences of Black women footballers in local football networks (funded by the British Society of Sports Historians)
- Developing and evaluating interventions for best inclusion practice in HE assessment (funded by the QAA)
- An examination of the reproduction of racial stereotypes in sports videogames
My monograph, 'Football, Ethnicity and Community: The life of an African-Caribbean Football Club' (Peter Lang) won the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Prize 2017 and was shortlisted for the British Society of Sports History Lord Aberdare Literary Prize the same year.