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Salford Business School

Dr Peter Williams



Lecturer in sports studies (see subjects taught below). Career in higher education began in 1991 after working in architecture and management, both at home and overseas.


  • Level 4 - Sports Development
  • Level 5 - Sport Psychology
  • Level 6 - Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Research Methods

Research Interests

Rugby Union: history and professionalisation

Management of Professional Sports Leagues

Competitive Balance in Sport

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD (Manchester) 2000.
  • BSc (Hons) Management Sciences (UMIST) 1986.
  • Dip CIPD (1989)


Williams, P. (2012) 'Any Given Saturday: Competitive Balance in Elite English Rugby.' Managing Leisure, 17(2), pp.88-105.  (ABS 1 ranking)

Williams, P. (2008) 'Cycle of Conflict: A Decade of Strife in English Professional Rugby' The International Journal of the History of Sport, 25(4), pp.65-81.

Williams, P. (2002) 'Battle Lines on Three Fronts: the RFU and the Lost War Against Professionalism' The International Journal of the History of Sport, 19(4), pp.114-136.