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Staff Profile

Dr Steven Cock

Senior Lecturer in Business and Management; MBA Programme Leader

Qualifications: BA (Hons) | PG Cert | MSc | PhD | SFHEA | FIOS

Prior to joining York St John University, I graduated with a first-class BA (Hons) degree in Sport and Leisure Management from the University of Salford, before continuing to study for both an MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise and a PhD at the University of Chester. I worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester and, during this time, also undertook a PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, gaining recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2011.

I subsequently joined York St John University as a lecturer in 2014. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Business and Management within York Business School and Programme Leader for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) postgraduate degree programme. I have wide-ranging experience of teaching across a diverse range of subject and discipline areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have also previously been course leader for various undergraduate degree programmes in subject areas linked to events management, hospitality management and tourism management within York Business School.

Linked to various roles and responsibilities that I have undertaken during my time in academia, I recently gained recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2022. I am currently involved as an active member of various research groups within York St John University and am Co-Chair/Co-Founder of the People in Employment Settings (PiES) Research Group. My current responsibilities also include involvement in various activities beyond the university, including involvement as a member of the Executive Committee for the Leisure Studies Association.

Teaching

I teach on the Master of Business Administration (MBA) course. At present, I am Module Director at postgraduate level for the following modules:

  • Capstone Project (Level 7)
  • Dynamic Perspectives on Sustainable Business (Level 7)

I do however have extensive experience of teaching and supporting undergraduate students (Levels 4-6) and postgraduate students (Level 7) across a wide range of business-related subject and discipline areas.

Alongside teaching, I often supervise students who are undertaking dissertation or capstone research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise doctoral candidates who are undertaking research at PhD level and postgraduate research students at Masters-by-Research level.

Research

My research is underpinned by a sociological approach. My main research interests include:

  • Examining long-term processes of organisational structure and change in the sport and leisure industries.
  • The emergence, development and history of modern sport and leisure activities.
  • Understanding key social justice issues in sport and leisure from a sociological perspective.
  • Examining the processes through which people’s attitudes regarding ‘acceptable’ forms of social behaviour (such as manners, etiquette and forms of violence) have changed over time.
  • Understanding and critically analysing underpinning power dynamics relating to a range of contemporary issues in modern business and workplace settings.
  • The sociology of knowledge and use of research methods in business disciplines and in the social sciences.
  • The development of more critical approaches to learning, teaching and pedagogy within higher education.

I am currently involved in a range of individual and collaborative research projects that are linked to the various research areas listed above.

Research group membership

I am an active member of the following research groups:

Research funding

I have previously been successful in applying for research funding through the following schemes:

  • £2,900: Cross-School Grant Primer Research Fund, York St John University, 2023. (Application with colleagues from the Higher Education Research Group)
  • £500: Student as Researchers Scheme, York St John University, 2023. (Application with colleagues from the People in Employment Settings Research Group)
  • £1,000: Quality-Related (QR) Funding, School of Education, Language and Psychology, York St John University, 2023. (Application with colleagues from the Inclusion, Society and Education Research Group)
  • £1,500: Academic Development Directorate (Students as Researchers Scheme) and the School of Sport, York St John University, 2017.
  • £1,000: Students as Researchers Scheme, York St John University, 2017.

Research student supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research students at both Doctoral (PhD) and Masters-by-Research levels to successful completion of their theses.

I am currently involved in supervising three doctoral candidates who are undertaking research at PhD level.

I would welcome enquiries from potential postgraduate research candidates who are interested in conducting research linked to the types of topic areas that are listed as research interests above.

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications (available on RaY)

Peer-Review Journal Articles

  • Chapman, G., Cock, S. and Swain, S. (2023) A Matter of Distinction? A Case Study Examining the Development of a Sporting Habitus Amongst Male Sixth-Form Pupils in a Private School in the United Kingdom. International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. In Press.
  • Johnston, A., Cock, S., Walsh, S. and Healy, S. (2023) From there to here: Reflections on alternative journeys to a career in academia. International Journal of HRD: Practice, Policy and Research. In Press.
  • Mierzwinski, M., Cock, S. and Velija, P. (2019) A position statement on social justice, physical education and bullying: A figurational sociological perspective. Quest, 71 (2), 215-226.

Book Chapters

  • Mierzwinski, M., Cock, S. and Velija, P. (2020) A position statement on social justice, physical education and bullying: A figurational sociological perspective. In N. Watson, G. Jarvie and A. Parker (eds.), Sport, Physical Education and Social Justice: Religious, Sociological and Capability Perspectives, (pp. 116-130). Abingdon, Routledge.
  • Cock, S. (2018) Doing developmental research as a figurational sociologist: A case study on the long-term sportization of swimming. In D. Malcolm and P. Velija (eds.), Figurational Research in Sport, Leisure and Health, (pp. 87-101). Abingdon, Routledge.

Conference Presentations

  • Cock, S. (2023) Examining the Long-term ‘Indoorisation’ of Swimming and Bathing in the United Kingdom: A Sociological Analysis of Changing Leisure Spaces. Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, 11-13 July.
  • Cock, S. (2023) How Many Words…?! Discussing Issues of Anxiety and Wellbeing for Staff and Students on Undergraduate Dissertation and Capstone Modules. Talk About Teaching Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 2 February.
  • Cock, S. (2022) Events and Tourism. Teachers and Careers Adviser Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 15 December.
  • Cock, S. (2020) Against the Odds? Examining the Emergence of Early Swimming Contests, c.1590s-1830s. Southern History Society Annual Conference, University of Winchester, United Kingdom, 8 February.
  • Cock, S., Hopkins, J. and Clayton, L. (2018) Fairness, Equality and Reducing ‘Free-Riding’: A Case Study on Implementing the Viva Warning Approach to Group Assessment. Talking About Teaching Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 26 June.
  • Cock, S. (2018) A ‘Modest’ Endeavour? A Sociological Analysis of Power-struggles surrounding the Emergence of Female Competitors in Competitive Swimming, c.1870s-1920s. British Sociological Association: Annual Conference, Northumbria University, United Kingdom, 10-12 April.
  • Cock, S. (2017) Power, Buoyancy and Propulsion? Towards the Development of Early Swimming Strokes, c.1590s-1840s. Research Reflections Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 8 September.
  • Cock, S. (2016) ‘An Appeal to Common Decency’: Swimming, Bathing and Changing Attitudes to the Body. Research Reflections Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 8 September.
  • Mierzwinski, M. and Cock, S. (2016) Engaging Students through a Problem Based Learning (PBL) Approach: A 5-Year Case-Study of an Undergraduate Sports Module. Talking About Teaching Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 22 January.
  • Cock, S. (2015) Reflections in the Water: Swimming, Gambling and Civilizing Processes, c.1590s-1830s. Research Reflections Conference, York St John University, United Kingdom, 10 September.
  • Cock, S. (2015) Aquatic Wagers: Swimming, Gambling and Civilizing Trends, c.1590s-1830s. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 2-4 September.
  • Cock, S. (2015) Swimming, Bathing, Health and Wellbeing: A Figurational Sociological Analysis. International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress, Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France, 9-12 June.
  • Cock, S. (2010) Method, Style and Technique: Reconsidering the Development of Swimming Strokes. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom, 10-11 September.
  • Cock, S. (2010) The Development of Swimming Strokes: A Sociological Interpretation (Distributed Paper). XVII World Congress of the International Sociological Association, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17 July.
  • Cock, S. (2010) Emerging Themes: Reconsidering the Development of Swimming Strokes. Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom, 20 May.
  • Cock, S. (2009) Processes of Sportization: The Emergence of the Amateur Swimming Association. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, University of Stirling, United Kingdom, 17-19 July.
  • Cock, S. (2008) Swimming and Bathing: From the ‘Middle Ages’ to the Early Twentieth Century. British Society of Sports History: Annual Conference, University of Brighton, Eastbourne Campus, United Kingdom, 5-7 September.

Professional activities

I am a Fellow/Senior Fellow of the following professional organisations:

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Swimming (FIOS)

I am a member of the Executive Committee for the following organisations:

  • Leisure Studies Association

I am also a member/affiliate of the following groups, organisations and associations:

  • Chartered Management Institute
  • Critical Pedagogies in Sport Network
  • UK Advising and Tutorial Association

I am currently an external examiner at the following institutions:

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

I have undertaken peer-review for various academic journals, including:

  • Leisure Studies
  • European Physical Education Review
  • Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
  • Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education
  • Sport in History

I have presented research at a range of national and international conferences, including:

  • World Congress of the International Sociology of Sport Association
  • Leisure Studies Association
  • British Sociological Association
  • British Society of Sports History
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