• 11 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile

Adam Talbot is a Lecturer in the Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences. He completed his PhD at the University of Brighton in 2018, having undertaken ethnographic research on protest at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He also holds an MRes in Sociology, Planning and Policy and a BA (Hons) in Sport and Community Development, both from Sheffield Hallam University. His research interests include protest, human rights, development, politics, ethnography and popular culture. He teaches sport development and sport sociology modules, helping students understand the social context in which sport takes place. He has written numerous media articles about the Olympic Games and human rights, for a range of publications, including RioOnWatchThe Conversation and America's Quarterly, alongside being interviewed by major broadcasters including the BBC and NBC. He is an active member of the British Sociological Association. He is also active on Twitter @AdamTalbotSport


Adam teaches on Sport Development modules, as well as contributing to teaching on the sociology of sport and research methods. He also supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Research interests

Adam is interested in the intersection between popular culture (primarily sport) and politics. He is interested in how questions of power and oppression are raised and addressed within sporting contexts. His research focusses on how sport as a site of political action, whether that is through sport development projects or social movements engaged in the sporting sphere. He is currently focussed on social movements and political contestation surrounding the hosting of mega-events, principally Rio 2016.


Carnegie Research Incentive Grant awarded in 2018 for a project entitled: Social movements, event coalitions and political legacy: the case of Rio 2016

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Research Output 2015 2019

  • 11 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 9 Abstract
  • 3 Article
  • 3 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Chapter

Talking about the "rotten fruits" of Rio 2016: the discursive power of the L-word

Talbot, A., 25 Apr 2019, p. 61. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Open Access
opportunity costs
Open Access
foreign countries
urban sociology
6 Citations (Scopus)

Human rights abuses at the Rio 2016 Olympics: activism and the media

Talbot, A. & Carter, T. F., 2018, In : Leisure Studies. 37, 1, p. 77-88 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Olympic Games
human rights

Rio 2016: Olympic myths, hard realities

Talbot, A., 1 Aug 2018, In : International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 53, 5, p. 633-636 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

9 Downloads (Pure)

Transforming informal communities through discourse intervention: RioOnWatch, favelas and the 2016 Olympic Games

Talbot, A., 12 Jan 2018, Transforming sport: knowledges, practices, structures. Carter, T. F., Burdsey, D. & Doidge, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 167-180 14 p. (Routledge research in sport, culture and society; vol. 7).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Olympic Games
social movement
non-governmental organization