Ben Carrington is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Journalism in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a Carnegie Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University. Prior to joining Annenberg, Professor Carrington taught in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin for 13 years, and before that he worked at the University of Brighton. He is widely regarded as one the world’s leading authorities on the sociology of race, politics and popular culture.


Professor Carrington studies a broad range of topics generally concerned with mapping the circulation and reproduction of power within contemporary post/colonial societies. More specifically, he is interested in how ideologies of race, gender, class and nationalism shape — and are themselves shaped by — cultural forms, practices and identities and how popular culture is often a key site of both cultural resistance and domination.

He has published numerous articles and essays on these topics, as well as four books, including the critically-acclaimed and widely-cited Race, Sport and Politics: The Sporting Black Diaspora (Sage, 2010). In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Carrington is a public sociologist who has written op-eds for publications such as The Guardian and The Huffington Post, and has written and presented a radio documentary on the life and legacy of the intellectual and scholar Stuart Hall.


I am a sociologist of ageing and sport at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. My contributions to sociology have stemmed mainly from seeking answers to a very basic question: what does it feel like to become and feel old? Twenty odd years ago, when the sociology of ageing had not yet caught up with embodiment and the sociology of sport wasn’t very interested in ageing issues this question represented a challenge to sociological and popular understandings of norms of living and ageing. As the decline narrative of ageing and old age has been replaced by the turn to youthism and healthism, this question continues to be relevant. 

Sport and physical activity is the empirical terrain in which I have explored ways to bring to visibility aged embodiment, throwing light on the historical, social and cultural forces which give rise to the aspirations and practices that give shape to our lives well into our later years. Recognising that some people have successfully achieved long physical activity careers has led me to ponder on the factors which hinder others from finding pleasure in their bodies in movement. 

I have relied on life history approaches to access people’s stories of becoming and being and over time I have refined and augmented my approach to data collection by using visual methods, running, exercising and hillwalking with my informants, paying attention to the sensorial and haptic as well as the ways in which people invest spaces, how people come to internalise and normalise the urge to run or to be in mountains and of course observing the social relations that prevail in the social fields in which my research takes place. 

I have come to the conclusion that the dominant narratives which articulate how we try to promote physical activity in the wider population fail to include the inequalities which inform how we develop a relationship with our body. They also pay little attention to the very old and frail. 

I have written books, journal articles and book chapters, the odd blog post and led edited collections in English and in French. When I don’t engage in research and writing I teach at both under and postgraduate levels, I sit on the Editorial Boards of QRSEH, Ageing and Society, International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS), Journal of Aging and Physical Actvity (JAPA) and Frontiers in Sport and Active Living. 

I am an incoming member and Director of the Board of ISSA. I am a member of the newly established Institut de Recherche Collaborative sur l’Activité Physique et la Promotion de la Santé (ReCAPPS) based in France, I am a co-signatory and author of the Copenhagen Consensus Statement 2019: physical activity and ageing. I am Associate Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. 

In my private life, I am a runner, a skier and mountaineer, a traveller, a girlfriend, daughter and mother to a wonderful 27 year old man.


Nick Holt is a Professor and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on psychosocial aspects of participation in sport and physical activity among children, adolescents, and their families. 

In terms of his work in sport, Dr. Holt has helped to establish research in the area of Positive Youth Development Through Sport, and his work on parenting in youth sport has generated new insights into ways in which parents can facilitate and improve sporting experiences for their children. Dr. Holt’s work in physical activity involves understanding factors that influence children’s engagement in active free play. 

He has published over 180 journal articles and book chapters, and 4 books, and obtained over $2.9 million in funding as a principal/co-principal investigator to fund his research program. In 2017, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. He is also an enthusiastic ultramarathon runner (semi-retired) and coaches soccer at youth and collegiate levels.