• Visiting Professor, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, 1995;
  • Visiting Olympic Fellow, University of Western Ontario, 2001

Research and scholarship

John Bale is a pioneer in the geographical study of sport. His research Interests lie in the areas of geographical education, the interface between higher and secondary education, the diffusion of ideas in geography from higher to secondary education, and the geography of sport.


  • E212 Comparative Education: Britain and the USA
  • E305 Education and the Body

Published 2000

  • The rhetoric of running: the representation of Kenyan body culture in the early twentieth century Sports, Body and Society (Ed J Hansen and NK Neilsen) Odense University Press, Odense
  • Geography and the olympics: an evaluation of the work of Ernst Jokl Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 3.3
  • The changing face of football: stadiums and communities Soccer and Society 1.1

Published 1999

  • Bale J, Philo C (Eds) Body Cultures: Essays on Sport, Space and identity Routledge, London
  • Kenyan runners in a global system Anthropology, Sport and Culture (Ed R Sands) Bergin and Garvey, Westport, Conn
  • Parks and gardens: metaphors for the modern spaces of sport Leisure/Tourism Geographies (Ed D Crouch) Routledge, London
  • Pour un theories geographique du football Football: Jeu et Societé (Ed H He'lal, P Miguon) Institute National du Sport, Paris
  • Foreign bodies: Representing the African and the European in an early Twentieth Century "contact zone" Geography

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