School of Education and Sociology


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Professor Barry Smart

  • Role Title: Professor of Sociology
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2198
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Barry has worked at universities in Australia, England, Japan and New Zealand. He was at the University of Sheffield until 1988 and was then Associate-Professor at Auckland University before joining Portsmouth in 1995. Areas of research interest and expertise include classical and contemporary social thought, critical theory, fiscal sociology and economic transformation of modernity, cultural and economic analyses of consumption, environmental consequences of consumerism, as well as social and historical analyses of sport.

Teaching Responsibilities

Main Undergraduate Teaching Commitments

Barry convenes and teaches a core level five social theory unit Modernity & Globalization and a core level six social theory unit The Transformation of Modern Society. In addition he contributes lectures on Higher Education to the level four unit Observing Society. A level six optional unit Consumer Society is currently being rested. In previous years he has contributed to a level four unit Sociological Analysis and a level five unit Global Sociology. He has also convened units on Sport, Leisure and Culture and Football and Society.

Higher Degree Teaching/Supervision

Barry contributes to MA courses (MRes Sociology and MSc Sports Management) and offers PhD supervision in the areas of classical and contemporary social and philosophical thought, critical theory and political economy, technology and social and economic transformation of modernity, contemporary consumer culture, including ethical and environmental issues, and the cultural economy of sport.


Research clusters

  • Sociology and Social Theory

Research profile

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