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Rob Steen

Author, journalist, co-course leader and senior lecturer
University of Brighton

Rob is an award-winning sports journalist and one of the world’s leading cricket writers. For 30 years he has worked extensively for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Hindustan Times, India Today, The International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport in Society. Winner of the 2005 EU Journalism Award (UK section) ‘for diversity, against discrimi

Biography

Rob is an award-winning sports journalist and one of the world’s leading cricket writers. For 30 years he has worked extensively for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Hindustan Times, India Today, The International Journal of the History of Sport and Sport in Society. Winner of the 2005 EU Journalism Award (UK section) ‘for diversity, against discrimination’, a long-time columnist for Cricinfo and blogger at rocksbackpages.com, he has also written more than a dozen sports books, including David Gower – A Man Out of Time (winner of the 1995 Cricket Society Literary award), Spring Summer Autumn (1991 William Hill Sports Book of the Year runner-up) and an acclaimed textbook, Sports Journalism – A Multimedia Primer (2nd edition published in December 2014). More recently, he co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Football with Jed Novick (2013), with whom he is currently working on The Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism, and his latest book, Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport (Bloomsbury), was shortlisted for the 2014 William Hill award and will be published in paperback in June 2015. He has peer-reviewed articles for journals such as African and Asian Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Convergence and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, and is also working on a PhD.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Music, cinema, drugs, history, sport and society, writing, journalism

Books

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Articles

Sport in Society

Uneasy Ryders: the Ryder Cup, anti-Americanism and the 'Yoo-rop' phenomenon


Published: Nov 14, 2014 by Sport in Society
Authors: Rob Steen
Subjects: Sports and Leisure

Focusing primarily on the print media, this paper analyses national and regional identity in the Ryder Cup, and addresses, through this prism, whether the “Yoo-rop” card trumps good old-fashioned anti-Americanism.

Sport in Society

Love is the drug: Performance-enhancing in sport and music


Published: Jul 04, 2013 by Sport in Society
Authors: Rob Steen and Jed Novick
Subjects: Sports and Leisure

Drugs: the question of who should and who shouldn't be permitted to take them, and why, is among the more perplexing issues of modern times. We actively encourage musicians in this respect, but is the sports star who looks for an edge, who looks to go further, really any different? And if not, why do we treat them differently? This paper examines whether such double standards can be justified any longer.

Sport in Society

Going upstairs: The decision review system – velvet revolution or...?


Published: Dec 15, 2011 by Sport in Society
Authors: Rob Steen
Subjects: Sports and Leisure

The umpire's word is no longer final. Cricket, via the Decision Review System, has been keener than most to open this technological Pandora's Box. This paper argues that this is no bad thing, that the review system should be used in all major games, that it should be properly funded by the ICC in consort with its broadcasting partners, and that it should be revised to allow the third umpire to be proactive.

Sport in Society

Burning down the house


Published: Aug 05, 2009 by Sport in Society
Authors: Rob Steen
Subjects: Sports and Leisure

One solution to cricket's onerous fixture schedule, driven by TV emerged in 2003: the briefer, three-hour Twenty20 limited-overs format, an historic development whose economic potential was emphasized in September 2007 when India won the inaugural World Twenty20 tournament.

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Videos

Drugs in Sport Webinar

Published: Dec 29, 2014

Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2015 where Rob Steen discusses how we might tackle the controversial issue of doping in sport