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Professor Wray Vamplew

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University of Stirling




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Wray Vamplew is an Emeritus Professor in Sports Studies at the University of Stirling. He worked in Australia for eighteen years, latterly as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the Flinders University of South Australia, before taking up an appointment at De Montfort University where he established a centre of excellence in sports history. In 2001 he joined Stirling University and was appointed to Scotland's first Chair in Sports History. The author or editor of twenty books and over a hundred academic papers and reports, he has wide experience as a consultant for sports, education, government and media organisations in Australia and Britain. His Pay Up And Play the Game (Cambridge U.P., 1988), a study of professional sport in Britain, won the inaugural North American Society for Sport History international book award. He was also the recipient of the Australian Sport Commission's National Sport Science Education Award for his work on sports violence. Wray's expertise lies in the area of sports social science including history, economics and quantitative analysis.
Wray is the module co-ordinator for the MSc module Ethics in Sport. He also runs a reading unit on ethics in sport for undergraduate students.
Wray’s current research projects include examining the symbiotic relationship between sports historians and sports museums; writing a history of the development of the golf club as a British social institution before 1914; analysing the emergence of rules in sport; and looking at the interaction between sport and charity. His next major project will be a revisionist history of Scottish football before the First World War.
Vamplew W (2009)‘Sports Without Rules: Hunting, Shooting and Fishing in Edwardian Britain’, European Studies in Sport History.
Vamplew W & Kay J (2005) Encyclopedia of British Horseracing, Routledge, London [Japanese edition 2008]
Vamplew W (2007) ‘Playing with the rules: influences on the development of regulation in sport’, International Journal of the History of Sport.
Vamplew W (2007) ‘Exploited labour or successful workingmen: golf professionals and professional golfers in Britain before 1914’, Economic History Review.
Cronin M, Chandler T & Vamplew W (2007) Sport and Physical Education: The Key Concepts (Routledge) [revised edition]
George J, Kay J & Vamplew W (2007) Women to the Fore: Accommodation and Resistance at the British Golf Club before 1914, Sporting Traditions.