Dr Kevin Tallec Marston

Job: Honorary Visiting Research Fellow

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: n/a

E: kmarston@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://dmu.academia.edu/KevinTallecMarston

Social Media: https://twitter.com/ICSHC


Personal profile

Kevin has been working at CIES since 2005 and is also a visiting researcher and lecturer at the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Leicester where he completed his PhD in History.

His work has focused on the history of youth football, the question of age in sport, the place of childhood in society, the evolving role of training and education of youth in and around sport, as well as other topics such as legacy, diffusion, the biography of sporting administrators and transnationalism. He has a particular interest in the questions of governance in sport, specifically the historical, political and economic aspects of both European football and its main governing body UEFA as well as the global game and FIFA.

He has lectured and taught in English and French, speaks and reads Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

In addition to his normal teaching and research activity, he works closely on the academic coordination of the FIFA Master, specifically overseeing the Final Projects module and Research Methods, contributing to the general curriculum and course development in close cooperation with the programme’s Scientific Committee. He has worked on other educational endeavours including developing training programmes for organisations such as UEFA and FIFA.

Prior to coming to CIES his background was largely in football working as a coach, technical director and club administrator as well as having experience in event management, stadium operations and logistics for MLS, the USSF and CONCACAF club and national team competitions. He is always looking to contribute to the international sporting movement by bringing his experience in research and analysis, sport education programmes, project management and development, along with a global perspective and speaking several languages.

A graduate of joint MA - the ‘FIFA Master’ - from the International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport (DMU, SDA Bocconi-School of Management and the Université de Neuchâtel), he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in both French Language and Literature and Music from the College of William and Mary (Virginia, USA).



Research interests/expertise

  • Sport history
  • History of youth and childhood
  • Governance
  • Political and economic history
  • Philosophy
  • Legacy, diffusion, biographies of sporting administrators and transnationalism.


  • BA French Language and Literature (major) and Music (minor) (The College of William and Mary, 1999)
  • International Master (MA) in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport (DMU, SDA Bocconi-School of Management and the Université de Neuchatel, 2003)
  • PhD History (International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, 2013)
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