Professor Giulianotti is the UNESCO Chair in Sport, Physical Activity and Education for Development, and a Professor of Sociology. He joined the School in November 2011 from Durham University, where he was Professor of Sociology, and at different times Head of Sociology/Criminology and Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences.
He completed his MA (Honours, First Class), MLitt and PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, and took up his first academic post there as a Research Assistant (1990), followed by a Lectureship (1995), Senior Lectureship (1999), and Readership (2005).
Professor Giulianotti was a member of the REF2021 sub-panel 24 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism); he is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) and of the RSA, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Sports Initiative at Harvard University.
He is programme director for the MSc in Sport Management, Politics and International Development.
He has been a visiting or guest professor at many universities and institutes, which recently have included Harvard University, International Olympic Academy, Johan Cruyff Institute, Seoul National University, University of South-Eastern Norway, Texas A & M University, and the University of Warsaw.