Professor Maguire completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Leicester. He is a two–term former President of the International Sociology of Sport Association. He has also been the Co-Director for the Centre of Olympic Studies at Loughborough University. He was also formerly an executive board member of the International Council for Sports Science and Physical Education, Velux Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen, and Professor Extraordinaire at the University of the Western Cape and a Visiting Professor at the AISTS programme hosted by EPFL and UNIL in Lausanne.
Currently, he external reviewer of the doctoral and post-doctoral research programmes of the FWO Brussels, and a reviewer for the Carnegie Trust, Scotland, serves on the UK’s Economic, Social Research Council Peer Review College and acts as an external reviewer for the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Professor Maguire was also formerly a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship Scheme and acts as an external reviewer for applications for promotion to Professorships at universities in the UK and abroad. Professor Maguire is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).