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Staff Profile

Dr Steven Cock

Course Leader: Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management Undergraduate Programme Suite

I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Sport and Leisure Management from the University of Salford. I then completed an MSc in the Sociology of Sport and Exercise with distinction at the University of Chester, before going on to complete a PhD in the sociology of sport, also at the University of Chester. In my doctoral thesis, I examined the long-term emergence and development of swimming as a modern competitive sport in the period c.1595-1908.

I worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester whilst completing my PhD and also undertook a PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, gaining recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2011. I joined York St John University as a lecturer in 2014 and am currently teaching in York Business School on various modules relating to hospitality, business and event management, managing the consumer experience, and the use of qualitative methods in the research process.

Teaching

I teach across various subject areas relating to sport, hospitality, tourism and events management, business creation, research methods and several research-project modules. At present, I am the Module Director for the following:

  • Hospitality and Service Operations (Module Director)
  • Managing Events (Module Director)
  • Contemporary Issues in Hospitality (Module Director)
  • Business Creation Project (Module Director)
  • Dissertation (Module Director)
  • Managing Events (Module Director)

I also teach on the Management Project for the York Business School. 

I am Course Leader for undergraduate programmes in the areas of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management in York Business School:

  • BA (Hons) Events and Experience Management
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • BA (Hons) Tourism and Destination Management. 

Research

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

  • Long-term processes of organisational structure and change in the sport and leisure industry.
  • The emergence, development and history of modern sport and leisure activities.
  • How people’s attitudes regarding ‘acceptable’ forms of social behaviour (such as manners, etiquette and forms of violence) have changed over time. 
  • The sociology of knowledge and use of research methods in the social sciences.

    In my doctoral research, I examined the long-term social processes that contributed to the emergence and development of swimming as a modern competitive sport in the period between the late sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. This involved the collection and analysis of data from a range of documentary archives, libraries and repositories.

Publications

Peer-Review Journal Articles

  • 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.

Selected National and International Conference Presentations

  • Cock, S. (2020) Against the Odds? Examining the Emergence of Early Swimming Contests, c.1590s-1830s. Invited to Present at: Southern History Society Annual Conference, University of Winchester, United Kingdom, 8 February.
  • 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. (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. (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 member of the following professional organisations:

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

I have acted as a reviewer for various peer-reviewed publications, including academic journals such as:

  • Leisure Studies
  • European Physical Education Review
  • Sport in History

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

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