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Mark Panton

Thesis topic

The use of sports stadiums in urban regeneration: a stakeholder’s perspective.


The use of sports stadiums in regeneration projects is a fairly recent phenomenon in the UK, with the breadth of literature in this field relatively limited.  However, it is an area of growing interest with numerous sport stadium regeneration projects being proposed.  This research concerns sports stadiums being used as central parts of urban regeneration strategies in East Manchester, involving Manchester City FC, and in Haringey, London, involving Tottenham Hotspur FC.  The aims of the research are to provide an understanding of which attributes are important in gaining influence for stakeholders; to identify any strategies that are used to this effect and to produce a detailed narrative of the ways in which stakeholders have sought to influence the developments at the two sites.

Research interests / methods

I am interested in the wider corporate social responsibility practices of sports clubs and their relationships with local communities.  I am interested in understanding how different stakeholders, including sports clubs themselves see their roles in their communities.  It is a qualitative approach based on interviews, non-participatory observation and secondary data.


I completed an MSc. in Sport Management in 2011 and joined the Sports Business Centre the same year as a PhD student.  Previously I completed a law degree at the University of Manchester before becoming a Partner in a law firm based in the City of London.  My research includes the work of football community schemes and the use of sport in urban regeneration.  Outside of Birkbeck, I am the secretary of the Dulwich Hamlet Football Club Supporters Trust and involved with disability sports.


  • Walters G. and Panton M. Soccer & Society. Corporate Responsibility and Social Partnerships in Professional Football.  November 2014.
  • Panton M.  Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Research Paper, Volume 5, Number 2. Football and Corporate Social Responsibility.   March 2012.
  • Clarke P., Ellen L., Panton M. and Saunders J. Coubertin Olympic Awards Essay.  The London Olympic Stadium and Olympic Idealism.  July 2011.



  • International Sports Law, MSc Sport Management
  • Research Methods, MSc Sport Management and MSc Organizational Psychology
  • Management Studies, undergraduate
  • Strategic Management, undergraduate


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