Andy Harvey

Andy is the co-ordinator of the FIFPro Executive Education programme in the Birkbeck Sports Business Centre. He has over twenty years’ experience working in the labour movement and voluntary sector. From Thames Valley University, where he worked as a senior lecturer in law, he became National Education Officer for the General Federation of Trade Unions in 1996. In 2004 he established his own company, Andy Harvey Education and Training Consultancy which specialises in research, strategy and education in workplace and social issues. His clients have included the International Labour Organisation, the TUC, FIFPro, the world professional football players union, the Musicians Union, and Unite the Union. He is currently also working with the Royal College of Midwives on their workplace representative training programme.

In 2012 Andy successfully bid for funds from the European Commission to undertake research into match fixing in professional football. The Project, run by FIFPro with the support of UEFA, commenced in January 2013 for a period of 18 months. Andy undertook unique research among current professional players in eight European countries to assess their knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in regards to match-fixing and betting. The research culminated in a Good Practice Guide for Professional Players Associations (http://www.sportbusinesscentre.com/news/new-guide-to-tackle-match-fixing-in-football/). The Guide breaks new ground in the fight against match-fixing by proposing that player education and campaigns should be based on latest research in behaviour change theory and practice that promotes a positive vision for players to follow.

Also in 2012, Andy completed his PhD into the troubled and fractious history between male team and gay men. A monograph derived from his thesis is due to the published in 2015. He maintains an interest in sport and inclusion and organised and chaired a high profile panel discussion with senior executives from football in December 2014 as part of the Birkbeck Sports Business Seminar series: http://www.sportbusinesscentre.com/events/the-business-of-inclusion-in-football/

A blog Andy wrote on the event can be found: http://www.sportbusinesscentre.com/news/blog-business-of-inclusion-event-december-2014/

Andy’s other research interests include:

  • Sport and the psychosocial, with special interest in the social and psychological explanations for sport phenomena.
  • Sport literature
  • Gender and sexuality with special reference to sport

In the following interview, undertaken in March 2014, Andy discusses his research interests.

Other work

He became a founder Director of HIVsport (www.hivsport.org) in 2007 where he has brokered partnerships with the League Managers Association and Professional Footballers Association. He is also a member of the TUC Alliance against homophobia in sport. He also works as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck where he supervises Masters’ dissertation students and has taught on the MA in Psychosocial Studies. Andy has a law degree and MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and an MA in Gender Studies from Birkbeck College.

Recent Publications

  • ‘Intolerance and joy, violence and love among male football fans: towards a psychosocial explanation of ‘excessive’ behaviours’. Co-authored with Agnieszka Piotrowska. Sport in Society, 2013, Vol. 16, 10, 1404 – 1412.
  • ‘Team work? Using sporting fiction as an historical archive and source of developing theoretical approaches to sport history’. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 2013 Vol. 30, No 2, 131-144.
  • ‘It’s Only a Game? Sport, Sexuality and War in Don DeLillo’s End Zone’. Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature. XXVIII: 1 (Fall 2010/Winter 2011): 99–110. Published August 2012.
  • Tom Brown’s Schooldays: “Sportsex” in Victorian Britain’. Critical Survey 24, Number 1, (Spring 2012): 17-29.
  • ‘Regulating homophobic hate speech: back to basics about language and politics?’ Sexualities 15 (2) (March 2012). 191-206.

Forthcoming Publications

  • Monograph: Boys will be boys?  An interdisciplinary study of male sexuality and homophobia in football fiction. Oxford: Fisher Imprints (2015)
  • ‘International match-fixing’. Co-authored with Haim Levi. Contemporary Issues in Sport Management: an Introduction, London: Sage (2015).
  • ‘Match-Fixing: Working towards an ethical framework’, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport (2015)

Other Recent Publications

  • ‘Don’t Fix It!’ Players questionnaire: results and analysis’. Co-authored with Haim Levi. FIFPro, May 2014.
  • ‘Protect our Game: A good practice guide to tackle match-fixing in football’. FIFPro, May 2014.

Andy is available to discuss research and education project proposals, including talks at conferences, seminars and workshops. He is also available to do media interviews on any areas of his research interests. He can be contacted on andrew.harvey@bbk.ac.uk or on +44 (0) 7939 652029.