Dr Mathew Dowling

Deputy Head (Curriculum)

Senior Lecturer

Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Life sciences

Research Supervision:Yes

Mathew is an organisational sociologist interested in the application of organisational and political theory to examine the changing organisation and structure of sport systems within the UK and Canada.

mathew.dowling@aru.ac.uk

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Background

Mathew joined ARU in June 2016 as a Senior Lecturer on the Coaching and Physical Education programme. Prior to joining ARU, Mathew was a Lecturer in Sport Development at the Plymouth Marjon University, UK (2014-2016).

He completed his BSc and MSc in Sport Management at Loughborough University (2006-2009) and PhD in Physical Education and Recreation (Sport Management) at the University of Alberta, Canada (2010-2014). His doctoral work examined the development of Canadian Sport for Life and the leadership team responsible for the creation and dissemination of the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework.

Mathew also coaches youth basketball.

Research interests

  • Institutional theory
  • Sport policy and politics
  • Elite sport development
  • Governance
  • Professionalisation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Government involvement in sport
  • Paralympics

Areas of research supervision

  • Institutional theory
  • Sport policy and politics
  • Elite sport development
  • Governance
  • Professionalisation
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Government involvement in sport
  • Paralympics

Teaching

Qualifications

  • PhD Physical Education and Recreation (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • MSc Sport Management (Loughborough University, UK)
  • BSc Sport and Leisure Management (Loughborough University, UK)
  • Senior Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA)
  • Anglia Ruskin University Associate Teaching Fellow (ARU-ATF)
  • Level 2 Coach: England Basketball
  • Level 2 Official: England Basketball

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Sport Management
  • Editorial Board, Managing Sport and Leisure

Selected recent publications

Dowling, M., Harris, S., Washington, M., 2022. When a ban is not a ban: Institutional Work and the Russian Doping Scandal. Journal of Sport Management, 36(5), pp. 433-445.

Dowling, M., Harris, S., 2022. Apples and Oranges? Establishing Equivalence in Comparative Sport Research. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 14(2), pp. 191-206.

Robertson, J., Dowling, M., Washington, M., Leopkey, B. Lee-Ellis, D., Smith, L., 2022. Institutional Theory in Sport: A Scoping Review. Journal of Sport Management, 36(5), pp. 459-472.

Dowling, M., Harris, S., 2021. How to Compare Sporting Nations: Theory and Method (Berlin: Meyer and Meyer Sport).

Harris, S., Dowling, M. (Eds.), 2021. Sport Participation and Olympic Legacies: A Comparative Study (London: Routledge).

Harris, S., Dowling, M., Houlihan, B., 2021. An Analysis of Governance Failure and Power Dynamics in International Sport: The Russian Doping Scandal. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 13(3), pp. 359-378.

Dowling, M., Washington, M., 2021. The Social Construction of the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework. Journal of Global Sport Management, 6(2), pp. 143-169.

Henry, I., Dowling, M., Brown, P., Ko, L-M., 2020. Challenging the New Orthodoxy: A Critique of SPLISS and Variable-Oriented Approaches to Comparing Sporting Nations. European Sport Management Quarterly, 20, pp. 520-536.

Recent presentations and conferences

Byun, J., Dowling, M., Leopkey, B., 2022. Governance of Post-Olympic Games Legacy Organizations: A Comparative Study. Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the European Association for Sport Management Conference. Innsbruck, Austria.

Robertson, J., Dowling, M., Washington, M., Leopkey, L., Lee Ellis, D., Smith, L., 2021. Institutional Theory in Sport: A Scoping Review. Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference. Virtual/Canberra.

Harris, S., Dowling, M., 2020. An Analysis of Governance Failure and Power Dynamics within the Olympic and Paralympic Networks: The Russian Doping Scandal. Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the Political Studies Association Sport Group Conference. Manchester, UK.

Lee-Ellis, D., Dowling, M., Leopkey, B., 2020. Agenda 2020, Sustainability, and the Institutional Work of the International Olympic Committee. Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. San Diego, CA.

Robertson, J., Dowling, M., Leopkey, B. Lee-Ellis, D., Washington, M., 2020. A Scoping Review of Sport Related Institutional Research. Abstract submitted for oral presentation to the North American Society for Sport Management Conference. San Diego, CA.