Dr Joe Crawford

Research Fellow


Joe is a Research Fellow at the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews. He has an active interest in qualitative research around the issues of sectarianism, football bigotry and offensive behaviour at football in Scotland.

Whilst at the University of Stirling Joe participated in the Scottish Government’s review of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, where Joe was involved in the fan focus groups as well as participant observation of both Celtic and Rangers supporters.  Although now at the University of St Andrews, he still returns to Stirling to teach on the subjects of sectarianism and identity across a number of disciplines.

Research Keywords: Sectarianism, Offensive Behaviour at Football, Football Bigotry, Urban Marginality, Processes of Criminalisation

Relevant publications:

Hamilton-Smith, N., Anderson, S., Simpson, I., McArdle, D., McBride, M., Goodall, K., Haynes, R., Jago, N., and Crawford, J. (2015) ‘An evaluation of section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012’, Scottish Government Social Research Series; Edinburgh Scottish Government

Crawford, J. (2013) ‘The Politics of Anti-Sectarianism in Flint,’ J. and Kelly, J. Football, Bigotry and Scotland, Edinburgh University Press p. 180 – p. 193

Crawford, J. and Flint, J. (2010) ‘A Process Evaluation of Celtic Against Drugs and Rangers Positive Choices’ (ISBN 978 0755977895) funded by the Scottish Government


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