Dr Steve Sharman
Dr Steve Sharman is a Research Fellow at the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London. His primary research focuses on using virtual reality to better understand in-game influences on gambling behaviour, the social and economic impacts of gambling related harm, and the importance of environment in the development and maintenance of gambling disorder. He is also interested in the early identification of gambling disorder, and the relationship between gambling and suicide. Steve completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of East London, followed by a master’s degree at University College London in Cognitive Neuroscience. He won a scholarship to complete his PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge, investigating cognition and decision-making in pathological and regular gamblers. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Lincoln, before being awarded an SSA Academic Fellowship and moving back to UEL to start his work using virtual reality. He then moved to King’s College London, where he has been successful in securing funding from a King’s Prize Fellowship, and then a UKRI Future Leader’s Fellowship. He is developing the Behavioural Addictions research group at KCL, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, the Executive Committee for the Academic Forum for the Study of Gambling, and is co-chair of the Current Advances in Gambling Research Conference committee.
Gambling exposure in football: An analysis of Premier League and Championship matchday programmes
The relationship between football and gambling is ever increasing with some competitions and many Premier League and Championship teams sponsored by gambling companies. This research sought to quantify gambling exposure in the Matchday programme both through direct advertising, and incidental exposure for all Premier League and Championship clubs. Frequency of direct adverts and incidental exposure was compared to equivalent alcohol and smoking marketing exposure. Matchday programmes were obtained for one home game for each team in the top two English divisions over consecutive weekends in October 2018, where over 1.2 million people attended matches. Results indicate that exposure to gambling through both direct adverts and incidental exposure is significantly greater than either alcohol or tobacco. In some instances, exposure to gambling was apparent on over 40% of programme pages. The programmes of teams sponsored by a gambling company had a higher proportion of pages with gambling exposure than those sponsored by a non-gambling sponsor. Most strikingly, many clubs had dedicated child sections of the programme which still exposed children to gambling marketing. Repeated exposure to an adult product to children is a significant problem for legislative authorities.
This work was funded by an internal University of East London Research Fund.