Richard originally joined Birkbeck in 2003 on the MSc in Sport Management and the Business of Football, after completing a BA in Classics at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, he joined the Football Governance Research Centre as a Research Officer, where, among other projects, he worked on the State of the Game publications, a paper for the journal Managing Leisure, entitled ‘Football and Social Inclusion: Evaluating Social Policy’, and a review of the social and economic benefits of sport for the Economic and Social Research Council. In 2006, Richard became Research and Evidence Officer at the Central Council of Physical Recreation (now the Sport and Recreation Alliance), the umbrella organisation for the national governing bodies of sport in the UK. Here, he commissioned a national survey of voluntary sports clubs in 2007 and published a substantial policy-related literature review of the impact of sport on the UK Government’s priorities. He also provided the secretariat for the Sports Volunteer Research Network. In 2008, Richard rejoined Birkbeck as a PhD student, investigating the development of social capital within voluntary sports clubs, and, in 2012, became a lecturer in the Department of Management. In recent years, he has been involved with other members of the Birkbeck Sport Business Centre on a number of research projects. These include: the first UK survey of governance within national governing bodies of sport in the UK, the results of which fed into the development of the Voluntary Code of Good Governance for the Sport and Recreation Sector, produced by the Sport and Recreation Alliance; a survey of corporate social responsibility in European football, funded by UEFA; and ongoing case study research around governance processes in non-profit organisations. Richard has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on social capital, governance and corporate social responsibility and also has wider interests in sport policy, evaluation methods and the social impacts of sport.
- Richard Tacon’s profile at Birkbeck’s Department of Management site.