Dr. Geoff Walters

Geoff joined the Football Governance Research Centre at Birkbeck in 2003 as a Research Officer after completing a BSc in Management at Lancaster University and an MA in Labour Studies at the University of Manchester. He was involved in four annual State of the Game publications from the Football Governance Research Centre between 2003 and 2006 that evaluated standards of corporate governance in the football industry using the Combined Code as the benchmark. Geoff received a three-year PhD scholarship from the Economic and Social Research Council in 2004 to undertake a stakeholder analysis of the football industry. Drawing on qualitative case study analysis, the research considered the ways in which football clubs manage different stakeholder relationships. He was awarded his PhD in 2007 before joining the Department of Management at Birkbeck as a lecturer. He has been involved in a number of research projects looking at corporate responsibility and corporate governance. His recent research work has been on governance standards within UK NGBs which fed into the development of the Voluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport and Recreation Sector that was produced by the Sport and Recreation Alliance. In 2010 he was funded by UEFA through the Universities Research Grant Programme to look at CSR in European football. He has published numerous articles and book chapters within the areas of corporate responsibility and governance.

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