Katie Liston


Dr Katie Liston completed her undergraduate degree in social science (obtaining a first class honours in sociology) at University College Dublin. There she was introduced to the work of Norbert Elias by Professor Stephen Mennell, then Head of the Department of Sociology, and Visiting Professor Eric Dunning, who offered a series of classes on the sociology of sport. Both eminent figurational sociologists, they acted as supervisors in her doctoral study in the sociology of sport, which was completed in 2005 during her employment at the Chester Centre for Research in the Sociology of Sport, at the University of Chester, UK. Katie joined the School of Sport, Ulster University, Jordanstown, in September 2008 where she continues to be active in teaching sociology and researching various aspects of social life through her membership of Ulster’s Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute. She is editor of Human Figurations: longterm perspectives on the human condition which is an interdisciplinary open-access, peer-reviewed journal hosted by Michigan Publishing and supported by the Norbert Elias Foundation. She is also Associate Editor of Figurations (the newsletter published by the Elias Foundation) and her work bridges the sub-discipline of the sociology of sport and the wider discipline of sociology more generally. As a senior lecturer, she teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (including the leadership of an MSc programme); her research interests are varied including: the sociology of sport, health and exercise; gender relations; sociological theory; figurational sociology and the work of Elias; sport in Ireland; and national identity. Katie also holds national and international sporting honours in gaelic football, soccer, athletics and rugby.


Dr Katie Liston

School of Sport

Ulster University


County Antrim

BT37 0QB

United Kingdom


Twitter: @kliston14

Webpage: http://www.science.ulster.ac.uk/sports/profiles/k.liston.php

Telephone: +44 (0)28 90368539

Selected Publications

Liston, Katie/K (2014) ‘The GAA and the sporting Irish’. In: Are the Irish Different?. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 199-210. ISBN 9780719095825

Liston, Katie/K (2014) ‘Revisiting Relations between the Sexes in Sport on the Island of Ireland’. In: Norbert Elias and Empirical Research. PalgraveMacmillan, pp. 197-219. ISBN 978-1-137-31213-6

Liston, Katie/K and Booth, Sara (2014) ‘The continental drift to a zone of prestige: Women's soccer migratoin to the US NCAA Division 1 2000-2010’. In: Women, Soccer and Transnational Migration. Routledge, pp. 53-72. ISBN 978-0-415-82459-0 (hbk)

Liston, Katie (2011) ‘Sport and Leisure’. The Sociological Review, 59 (s1). pp. 160-180.

Bloyce, Daniel, Katie Liston, Chris Platts and Andy Smith (2009) 'Pride of the Lions: a sociological analysis of media coverage of the 2005 Lions Tour', Sport in Society. 13 (3): 448-469.

Liston, Katie and Stephen Mennell (2009) 'Ill Met in Ghana: Jack Goody and Norbert Elias on Process and Progress in Africa', Theory, Culture and Society, 26 (7-8): 1-19.

Liston, Katie and Elizabeth Moreland, (2009) 'Hockey and habitus: Sport and national identity in Northern Ireland', New Hibernia Review.

Liston, Katie and Stephen Mennell (2008) 'Figurational Sociology', in Ritzer, G. (ed.) Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology Online. eISBN: 9781405124331.

Liston, Katie (2008) 'Sport and Gender Relations', in Dominic Malcolm and Ivan Waddington (eds), Matters of Sport: Essays in Honour of Eric Dunning. London: Routledge, p.114-32.

Liston, Katie (2007) 'Revisiting the feminist-figurational sociology exchange', Sport in Society, 10 (4): 623-45.

Liston, Katie (2006) 'Sport and Gender Relations', Sport in Society, 9 (4): 616-33.

Liston, Katie (2006) 'Women's soccer in the Republic of Ireland: Some Preliminary Sociological Comments', Soccer and Society, 7 (2-3): 364-84.

Green, Ken, Katie Liston, Andy Smith and Daniel Bloyce (2005) 'Violence, Competition and the emergence and development of sports: reflections upon the Stokvis-Malcolm debate', International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 40 (1): 119-23.

Liston, Katie (2005) 'Established-Outsider relations between males and females in sports in Ireland', Irish Journal of Sociology, 14 (1): 66-85.