Darragh McGee

Expert in the growth of online sports gambling and its implications

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Sociologist of global health
Authority on the changing relationship between digital technology, gambling and sport

Darragh McGee is an academic based at the University of Bath. He is a sociologist of global health and an authority on the changing relationship between digital technology, gambling and sport. He leads a pioneering project, funded by the prestigious Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Youth Futures Programme, on gambling expansion across Sub-Saharan Africa.

This follows almost a decade of cutting-edge research, funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust, on the growth of online sports gambling in the UK. You can read one of the exclusive features on Darragh’s research in the Guardian here. In 2020 Darragh was named a BBC New Generation Thinker, and he has worked closely with producers at the BBC, contributing to radio broadcasts and developing research into programmes for a general audience.

He has appeared on Radio 3, Radio 5 Live and BBC World Service, as well as Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 and Newstalk. His first book, Imitation Games: How the Gambling Industry Hijacked Sport in Britain (and Why the US Is Next), will be published in 2024.

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