Dr Campbell’s research interests are centred on the themes of race and ethnicity and local and professional football from a sociological and historical perspective. He is interested racial inequalities more broadly, and especially in relation to the inequities experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic students in Higher Education.
Paul leads a number of projects across the university aimed at tackling the award gap for students from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, which focus specifically on decolonizing the curriculum and decolonizing assessment practice, processes and pedagogy.
His book, launched on 28th October 2020, "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.
Paul is member of the British Sociological Association and the British Society for Sports History.