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Dr Paul Dimeo

School of Sport

University of Stirling




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Paul Dimeo lectures in sports policy, including: British sports policy, drugs in sport, and hosting major sports events.

Fulbright Scholar
Paul will be a visiting Fulbright Commission Scholar at the University of Texas, Austin from September to December 2012. He will be working on a project entitled: ‘The Doping of Elite Athletes in International Sport and the Politics of the Cold War, 1950-1990’.


Paul is the co-ordinator of SPS916 Sports Policy, Planning and Management. He also contributes to SPS9B7 Sports Research, SPS9R7 Readings in Sports Studies, SPS9D8 Sports Dissertation, MSc research methods and dissertation supervision.


Paul's major research interest is doping in sport and the development of anti-doping policies. This has led to several publications including the prize-winning monograph A History of Drug Use in Sport, 1876-1976: Beyond Good and Evil (Routledge, 2007). He currently is working on two projects funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He has published on other policy issues including racism in sport, the migration of football players, tourism, and hosting major sports events.

Research Grants
2011 – World Anti-Doping Agency, ‘Team dynamics and doping in sport: A risk or a protective factor?’, £21,225
2010 – British Academy, ‘The Sports Doping Policy in the former East Germany, 1968-1990’, £7,498
2010 – World Anti-Doping Agency, ‘Doping Behaviour, Causes and Prevention in Elite Level Kenyan Athletes: an empirical investigation’, £25,014
2010 – British Mountaineering Council, £8,600
2008 – Leverhulme Trust Visiting Research Fellow, £20,000


Dimeo, P. and Taylor, J. (accepted) ‘Monitoring Drug Use in Sport: the contrast between official statistics and other evidence’, Drugs: Education, Prevention, Policy

Hunt, T., Dimeo, P. and Jedlicka, S. (2012) ‘Anti-doping Policy, 1960-2000: A Critical Historical Perspective on Contemporary Problems’, Performance Enhancement and Health, vol. 1, no. 1

Hunt, T. and Dimeo, P. (2012) ‘History of Anti-Doping at the Olympics’, in Lo, V. (ed) Perfect Bodies, training for sport, medicine and immortality, British Museum Publications

Dimeo, P. and Hunt, T. (2011) ‘The doping of athletes in the former East Germany: A critical assessment of comparisons with Nazi medical experiments’, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, (published on-line first, April)
Dimeo, P. (2011) ‘Drugs in sport: A call for comparative research’, Guest Editorial, Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1-2
Dimeo, P., Hunt, T. and Bowers, M. (2011) ‘Saint or Sinner?: A Reconsideration of the Career of Prince Alexandre de Merode, Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission, 1967-2002’, International Journal for the History of Sport, vol. 28, issue 6, pp. 925-940
Dimeo, P., Hunt, T. and Horbury, R. (2011) ‘The Individual and the State: a social historical analysis of the East German ‘Doping System’’, Sport in History, vol. 31, issue 2, pp. 218-237
Dimeo, P. (2010) ‘Understanding and Managing Drugs in Sport’, The Shield: Research Journal of Physical Education & Sports Science, vol. 5
Dimeo, P. (2010) ‘Sports History and Fiction: Reading Alan Sillitoe’s ‘The Match’’, Sporting Traditions, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 81-90
Coalter, F., Dimeo, P., Morrow, S. and Taylor, J. (2010) The Benefits of Mountaineering and Mountaineering Related Activities: A Review of Literature, A Report to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Dimeo, P., Møller, V. and McNamee, M. (2009) (eds) Doping and Public Health, University of Southern Denmark

Dimeo, P. (2009) 'The Origins of Anti-Doping Policy in Sports: From Public Health to Fair Play' in Dimeo, P., Møller, V. and McNamee, M. (eds) Doping and Public Health, University of Southern Denmark

de Vasconcellos Ribeiro, C. H. and Dimeo, P. (2009) ''I am not a foreigner anymore': a micro-sociological study of the experiences of Brazilian futsal players in European leagues', Movimento, vol. 15, no. 2, Apr/June, pp. 33-44

Vasconcellos Ribeiro, C. H. and Dimeo, P. (2009) 'The Experience of Migration for Brazilian Football Players', Sport in Society, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 725-736

Dimeo, P. (2009) 'Understanding Olympic Tourism', Tourism Management, vol. 30, issue 5, October, pp. 778-781

Dimeo, P. and Hunt, T. (2009) 'Leading Anti-Doping in the IOC: the ambiguous role of Prince Alexandre de Merode', Journal of Olympic History, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 20-22

Dimeo, P. (2009) ‘Literature and Sports History: A Review of Recent Contributions’, Sport in History, vol. 29, no. 1, March, pp. 92-105

Dimeo, P. (2007) A History of Drug Use in Sport, 1876-1976: Beyond Good and Evil, London, Routledge

Dimeo, P. (2007) ‘A Critical Assessment of John Hoberman’s Contribution to the History of Drugs in Sport’, Sport in History, vol. 27, issue 2, pp. 318-342

Dimeo, P. (2006) Drugs, Alcohol and Sport (Routledge) [Reprint of the Sport in History Special Issue]

Dimeo, P. (2006) ‘Good Versus Evil?: Sport, Drugs and the Cold War’, in Wagg, S. and Andrews, D. (eds) East Plays West: Essays on Sport and the Cold War, Routledge

Dimeo, P. (2005) Drugs, Alcohol and Sport, Special Issue of Sport in History Journal, vol. 25, no. 3.

Dimeo, P. (2005) ‘Cricket and the misrepresentation of Indian sports history’, Historical Studies, vol. 24, pp.98-111

Dimeo, P. (2005) ‘The Social History of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, 1829-20003, in James Mills (ed) Subaltern Sports: Politics and Sport in South Asia, London, Anthem

Dimeo, P. and Kay, J. (2004) ‘Major sports events, image projection and the problems of ‘semi-periphery’: a case study of the 1996 South Asia Cricket World Cup’, Third World Quarterly, vol. 25, no. 7, pp.1263-1276

Mills, J. & P. Dimeo, (2003) ‘‘‘When Gold is Fired it Shines”: Sport, the imagination and the body in colonial and post-colonial India’ in M. Cronin & J. Bale (eds), Sport and Postcolonialism, Oxford: Berg

Dimeo, P. (2003) ‘Sport and the ‘civilizing mission’ in India’, in Harald Fischer-Tiné & Michael Mann (eds) Colonialism as Civilising Mission: Cultural Ideology in British India, London, Anthem.
Dimeo, P. (2003) ‘‘A Parcel of Dummies’? Sport and the body in Indian history'’in James Mills and Satadru Sen (eds) Confronting the Body: The Politics of Physicality in Colonial and Post-Colonial India, London, Anthem

Dimeo, P. (2003) ‘‘With political Pakistan in the offing…’: football and communal politics in South Asia, 1887-1947’ in M. Cronin (ed) Sport and Politics in the Twentieth Century, Special Issue of the Journal of Contemporary History vol. 38, no. 3.

Dimeo, P. (2002) ‘The Local, National and Global in Indian Football: Issues of Power and Identity’ in Dimeo, P., Football in India, Special Issue of Football Studies journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp.74-87

Dimeo, P. (2002) ‘Colonial bodies, colonial sport: ‘martial’ Punjabis, ‘effeminate’ Bengalis and the development of Indian football’, International Journal of the History of Sport v. 19, no. 1.

Dimeo, P. (2002) Football in India, Special Issue of Football Studies journal, vol. 5, no. 2.

Dimeo, P. & J. Mills (2001) Soccer and South Asia: Empire, nation, diaspora, Special Issue of Soccer & Society journal. v.2, no.2, Summer.

Dimeo, P. & J. Mills (2001) Sport in South Asia, Special Issue of Contemporary South Asia journal. v. 10, no. 2, July.

Dimeo, P. & J. Mills (2001) Soccer and South Asia: Empire, nation, diaspora, (Frank Cass). [A reprint of the Soccer & Society Special Issue]

Dimeo, P. (2001) ‘Contemporary developments in Indian football’, in Dimeo, P. & J. Mills (eds) Sport in South Asia, Special Issue of Contemporary South Asia journal, v. 10, no. 2, pp.251-64

Dimeo, P. (2001) ‘Football and politics in Bengal: colonialism, nationalism, communalism’ in Dimeo & Mills, Soccer and South Asia: Empire, nation, diaspora. Special Issue of Soccer & Society journal. v.2, no.2, pp.57-74

Dimeo, P. (2001) ‘‘team loyalty splits the city into two’: football, ethnicity and rivalry in Calcutta’, in Armstrong, G. & R. Giulianotti (eds) Fear and Loathing in World Football. Oxford: Berg.

Dimeo, P. & G.P.T. Finn (2001) ‘Racism, National Identity and Scottish Football’ in I. McDonald & B. Carrington (eds) ‘Race’, Sport and British Society. London: Routledge.

Dimeo, P. (2001) ‘Racism and Violence in British Football’, in H. Ruskin & M. Lammer (eds) Fair Play: Violence in Sport and Society, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press.

Dimeo, P. & G.P.T. Finn (1998) ‘Scottish Racism, Scottish Identities: the case of Partick Thistle’ in A. Brown (ed) Fanatics! power, identity & fandom in football. London: Routledge.

Dimeo, P. (1999) ‘Race, colonialism and the emergence of football in India’, in L. Allison, J. Horne & L. Jackson (eds) Scottish Centre Research Papers in Sport, Leisure and Society, vol. 3. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh.

Dimeo, P. & G.P.T. Finn (1999) ‘Scottish Football: No Grounds for Racism?’, Proceedings of the Annual Social Psychology Conference of the British Psychology Society, University of Kent at Canterbury, 7.