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Professor Barry Smart

  • Role Title: Professor of Sociology
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2198
  • Email: barry.smart@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • 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 two social theory unit Classical Sociology, a core level three social theory unit The Transformation of Modern Society as well as an optional course on Consumer Society at level three. In addition he contributes to a level one unit Sociological Analysis and a level two unit Global Sociology. He has also taught courses onSport, Leisure and Culture and Football and Society.  

Higher Degree Teaching/Supervision

Barry contributes to MA courses and offers PhD supervision in the areas of classical and contemporary social thought, critical theory, social and economic transformation, contemporary consumer culture, including environmental issues, and the cultural economy of sport. 


Research clusters

  • Sociology and Social Theory

Research profile

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