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Dr Joshua McLeod



Lecturer in Sport Management


Faculty of Business and Law


Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Dr Joshua McLeod is a Lecturer in Sport Management at Deakin University, and is based at the Burwood campus. Joshua’s research interests centre on sport governance, sport regulation and organisational change. He has published research in leading sport journals including the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review and European Sport Management Quarterly. Joshua has lectured in sport business and governance in business schools in Scotland, England, Australia and frequently delivers guest lectures in India and the United States. He received his PhD from Heriot-Watt University following a three-year study into the governance of Scottish football clubs.

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Research interests

Sport governance 
Sport business
Organisational change


Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ)

European Association of Sport Management (EASM)

Teaching interests

Sport governance 

The regulation of sport 

Knowledge areas

Sport business
Sport governance 
Sport regulation 


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"Seven Weeks Is Not a Lot of Time": Temporal Work and Institutional Change in Australian Football

Joshua McLeod, Géraldine Zeimers, Jonathan Robertson, Catherine Ordway, Lee McGowan, David Shilbury

(2024), pp. 1-14, Journal of Sport Management, Champaign, Ill., C1

journal article

Board Composition in National Sport Federations: An Examination of BRICS Countries

James McKeag, Joshua McLead, Shaun Star, Sergey Altukhov, Gang Yuan, David Shilbury

(2023), pp. 1-22, Journal of Global Sport Management, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Examining sport board leadership: How chairs manage passion

Geraldine Zeimers, David Shilbury, Joshua McLeod

(2023), pp. 1-17, Managing Sport and Leisure, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Analysing the Australian Football League's (AFL) governance structure: How does it compare to Europe's "club-run" leagues?

Joshua McLeod, David Shilbury, Daniel Parnell, Ian O'Boyle

(2023), pp. 1-18, Managing Sport and Leisure, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Reflecting, prioritising, and energising for a new generation of sport governance research

Joshua McLeod, Lesley Ferkins, Ian O'Boyle

(2022), pp. 77-94, A Research Agenda for Sport Management, Cheltenham, Eng., B1

book chapter

A Qualitative Study Examining How Passion Impacts Sport Board Functioning

G Zeimers, D Shilbury, J McLeod

(2022), Leisure Sciences, C1

journal article

An institutional framework for governance convergence in sport: The case of India

J McLeod, D Shilbury, G Zeimers

(2021), Vol. 35, pp. 144-157, Journal of Sport Management, C1

journal article

Power and rent-seeking on boards: A case study of national sport federations in India

Joshua McLeod, David Shilbury, Geraldine Zeimers

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 697-721, Sport Management Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The role and performance of supporter directors: A social exchange theory perspective

J McLeod, A Jenkin, G Walters, R Irving

(2021), Vol. 24, pp. 862-885, Sport Management Review, C1

journal article

Board composition in national sport federations: a cross-country comparative analysis of diversity and board size

J McLeod, S Star, D Shilbury

(2021), Managing Sport and Leisure, C1

journal article

Role of the board and directors Board structure and composition

Josh McLeod

(2020), pp. 243-253, Routledge handbook of sport governance, Abindgon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Ethical strategists in Scottish football: The role of social capital in stakeholder engagement

J McLeod, A Adams, K Sang

(2020), Vol. 14, pp. 298-316, International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, Olney, Eng., C1

journal article

A content analysis of governance convergence in Indian sport

Joshua McLeod, David Shilbury

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 26-53, International journal of sport management, Boston, Mass., C1

journal article

Board roles in Scottish football: an integrative stewardship-resource dependency theory

J McLeod, D Shilbury, L Ferkins

(2019), Vol. 21, pp. 39-57, European sport management quarterly, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

A qualitative inquiry into supporter representation on Scottish football club boards

Josh McLeod

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 889-902, Soccer and society, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Board effectiveness in Scottish football: a social capital approach

Joshua McLeod

(2016), EASM 2016 : Memories and identities in sport management in Europe : Proceedings of the European Sport Management Conference 2016, Warsaw, Poland, E1-1


Managing change

R McIntosh, K Andrews, Joshua McLeod

(2015), pp. 93-110, Introducing management in a global context, Oxford, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

Expression of natriuretic peptide receptor mRNA and functional response to atrial natriuretic peptide and C-type natriuretic peptide in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) head kidney leucocytes

M Powell, H McWilliam, J McLeod, S Nankervis, R Butler, T Toop

(2008), Vol. 24, pp. 373-378, Fish and shellfish immunology, London, England, C1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

An Educational and Partnership Approach to Transforming Sport Governance in India

Prof David Shilbury, Dr Geoff Schoenberg, Dr Joshua McLeod

DFAT Australia-India Council Grants Program

  • 2018: $16,750
  • 2017: $36,400

Balancing the Board: Women in Sport Leadership in Victoria

Prof Pamm Phillips, A/Prof Katie Rowe, A/Prof Steve Swanson, Dr Joshua McLeod

Office for Women in Sport and Recreation Change Our Game Research Grants

  • 2023: $2,274
  • 2022: $20,473


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