Thursday, February 26, 2015

CONFERENCE: Promoting athlete well-being from youth sport to elite competition

PROMOTING ATHLETE WELL-BEING FROM YOUTH SPORT TO ELITE COMPETITION — April 23–25, State College, Pennsylvania

This conference is designed to identify best practices and other solutions to the physical, social, psychological, and educational risks faced by athletes. Sessions will be devoted to topics such as youth sport, parental involvement, and proper coaching behavior; concussions and injuries from overuse; psychological risks, including early specialization and burnout; physiological and social issues unique to girls' and women's sport; drug use and other forms of performance enhancement; and educational challenges like time devoted to athletics and eligibility standards. Keynote speakers include Jim Delany, Big Ten Commissioner, and John Amaechi, Former Penn State basketball great and high-performance executive coach.

Learn more and register today at http://www.outreach.psu.edu/athlete-wellbeing/

Friday, February 13, 2015

JOB: Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science - University of Bath (UK)

Reader/Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sport and Social Science
Department for Health

Salary: Starting from £47,328, rising to £54,841
Closing Date: Monday 16 March 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: CC2983

As the largest component of the Department for Health, Sport Health & Exercise Science (SHES) was ranked 5th out of 51 submissions in Unit of Assessment 26 of the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with 90% of the return ranked 3-4*. Currently the Department is ranked 3rd in the 2015 Complete University Guide and 1st in the Guardian League Tables for Sports Science/Social Science subjects in the UK. The group has an excellent trajectory, as evidenced by all metrics.

The Department is seeking to appoint a full-time Reader/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Social Science who is a scholar with a strong track-record of peer-reviewed publications and research grants, as  
well as academic leadership. You should also be able to demonstrate teaching excellence.

We are seeking a dynamic, adaptable colleague who will work with us to ensure the continuing strength of the Department in both research and teaching. You will be expected to maintain and develop your own programme of research, be successful in seeking external funding, and contribute to teaching and research supervision on relevant programmes. It is expected that your scholarly activities will complement and further enhance existing research foci in Physical Cultural Studies and the wider Department for Health and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

While applications are welcomed from all social science disciplines relevant to the study of sport and physical culture, we are particularly interested in those whose scholarship fosters interdisciplinarity through socio-cultural research in Sport and Physical Activity, with additional areas of expertise such as; Health and Wellbeing; Politics, Urban Studies and Inequality; Youth, Ageing and Disability Studies.

If you wish to make an informal and confidential enquiry about this post, please contact either Professor Simone Fullagar, Physical Cultural Studies, Tel: +44 (0)1225 385654, email:  
s.p.fullagar@bath.ac.uk or the Head of Department, Dr James Bilzon, Tel: +44 (0)1225 383174, email: j.bilzon@bath.ac.uk.

https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CC2983

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CFP: Sport, Physical Activity and Public Health - International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

Call for Papers
Special Issue: Sport, Physical Activity and Public Health

Guest editors: Dr Louise Mansfield and Dr Joe Piggin

The aim of this special issue is to encourage critical discussions about the relationships between sport, physical activity and public health. The resurgence in the importance of physical activity in public health policy is evidenced by the development of increasingly explicit recommendations on physical activity levels in global health strategies and national physical activity policies, along with intensifying local promotion, delivery and governance of individual and community based sport and physical activity programmes. The sport sector specifically is a priority area for increasing population rates of physical activity. However, very little is known about the contribution of sport to physical activity and health. The requirements for successful individual, community and national promotion of sport and physical activity programmes are not well understood and there is scope to bring critical work to the fore on the consequences (both intended and unintended) of such programmes for diverse groups of people.

Key Deadlines and Submission 
Full papers (8000-10000 words) and research notes / short communications (2000 words max) are accepted. Abstract (250 words) submission 30th June 2015 to either guest editor with completed articles due 30th October 2015. Submission is via Manuscript Central. Interested parties can contact the editors (louise.mansfield@brunel.ac.uk and j.j.piggin@lboro.ac.uk) by email to discuss potential submissions.

For more information, visit: bit.ly/ijspp_CFP

Published in affiliation with the European Association for Sport Management
Now publishing 4 issues per year.
The International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics examines the role and significance of sport as a political resource both for governmental and nongovernmental actors. The journal also explores the influence of sub-national, national and transnational government organisations on the development of sport policy and examines the impact of sport politics and policy on society. Be the first to know when a new issue is published. Simply visit the journal’s homepage and click on the ‘Alert me’ link.

Find out more about International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics at www.tandfonline.com/risp

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

CFP: Sports, genders and sexualities: Social, Ethical and Political Challenges

Call For Papers URePSSS / INSEP2015 - Workshop
Sports, genders and sexualities
Social, Ethical and Political Challenges
 5th-7th May 2015
University of the Littoral Opal Coast, Dunkirk, France

Organisers :
Alessandro Porrovecchio, University of the Littoral Opal Coast,
URePSSS-EA 4110/EA4488 ULCO Laboratory
alessandro.porrovecchio@gmail.com

Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University, UK and International Network for Sexual Ethics and Politics (INSEP)
reynoldp@edgehill.ac.uk

As expressions of cultural embodiment, sexualities, genders and sports can be analyzed as a mirror of societies’ transformations and developments. The analysis of sports, gender and sexuality can be a key to analyze changes and persistence's in social interactions and collective representations. This workshop seeks to create a discursive space for contributors to explore the social, ethical and political criticalities arising in the interaction between sports, gender and sexualities in contemporary societies.. We invite papers aimed at both understanding the relationships between sports, genders and sexualities, and using them as a tool to analyse broader social, ethical and political transformations. As such, such, we hope to provide both critical evaluation of current theories and paradigms by which sport, gender and sexuality are understood and encourage the opening of new horizons for critical investigations. Indicative but not exhaustive themes of enquiry might be:

• Should sport be sexy? Should sex be sport? What do we learn from bring the two together?
• How have sports and physical cultures built their specificities - in particular with relation to genders and sexual differences and consequently to body-related social norms - and how should we understand them?
• How have sports’ institutions managed to include or exclude gender and sexual diversities (e.g. cases of intersexed and/or transgender athletes or gender bars)? Are these exclusions necessary and what if any solutions are there for these exclusions?
• To what extent has sports cultures been inherently sexist and heteronormative, and to what extent are they spaces of abuse, prejudice and pathology, and how can this be changed?
• What impacts have innovations in sport practices (technologies, enhancements, techniques, dressing-codes, aesthetics, etc.) had in their intersection with sexualities?
• To what extent have issues of sexual violence and homophobia amongst the sports community been successfully addressed?
• How should we understand the confluences of desire, eroticism and pleasure in the intersections of sport and sexuality?
• What are the popular and digital media’s roles and responsibilities in the co-construction of sex and gender representations in sports?
• What are the contemporary challenges and opportunities when we consider the relationship between sports and sexuality?

Starting from these (and other) questions, broader collective representations concerning sports, genders and sexualities can be analyzed, for example health issues, media messages, social rules.

This workshop will both bring together current research in the area and mark out future directions for researchers interested in contesting/reformulating our understandings of knowledge production in sports, gender and sexuality studies. We invite contributors to submit abstracts elaborating their theoretical and empirical research (including reflexive and experiential contributions). Studies that have focused on political, ethical and social criticalities are welcome. We are interested in contributions that expose the challenges, emerging issues and possible solutions in focusing in critical and delicate issues of power, domination and abuse in order to analyze the representations and meanings of both sports, gender and sexual diversities. We welcome both trans-disciplinary and disciplinary contributions.

This workshop is part of the new collaboration between the URePSSS-EA 4110/EA4488 ULCO laboratory (Unité de Recherche Pluridisciplinaire Sport Santé Société) of the University of the Littoral Opal Coast / University of Lille Nord de France, and the INSEP (International Network on Sexual Ethics and Politics). INSEP is an international network that encourages synergistic transdiciplinary legal, political and ethical research, ‘troubling’ current assumptions, dispositions and claims for the boundaries between legitimacy and illegitimacy in diverse sexual identities, subcultures and practices in both national and international contexts. The URePSSS is a pluridisciplinary and inter-university laboratory that conducts its researches focusing mainly on the interaction between sports, health and society.

INSEP publishes a journal - http://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/insep - and is launching an accompanying book series in 2015. It is anticipated that this workshop will produce an edited collection and or a symposium in the journal (subject to normal refereeing conventions).

The workshop fee for the full three days, which includes the conference pack and refreshments is:
Presenting Delegates - 90 Euros,
Presenting Postgraduates.- 70 Euros
Non-presenting delegates - 30 Euros (with some free places available for local researchers and postgraduates)
Non-presenting undergraduates / students - Free

For more details about the URePSSS / INSEP workshop, please visit the INSEP website: http://www.insep.ugent.be/

Submissions for this workshop (300 words) should reach us by the final deadline of Friday 20th , February.

Please send abstracts to alessandro.porrovecchio@gmail.com - Normal acceptance/rejection notification: within 7 days.

CFP: Strength and Conditioning for Female Athletes - Strength and Conditioning Journal

Strength and Conditioning Journal
Special Topics Issue:
Strength and Conditioning for Female Athletes
Guest Editor: Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD (California State University, San Bernardino)

Background and Context
Scholarly interest in female athletes is emerging rapidly and is at an all-time high. The need to prepare and enhance the knowledge of strength and conditioning coaches of the considerations for female athletes is essential. As the number of female athletes continues to grow, the amount of literature on female athletes has flourished. Scholars from multiple disciplines are investigating critical issues such as: female development in strength and power, mentoring, female athlete-coach relationships, female coaches, ethic, power and politics, and promoting the science and practice of and for women coaches.
In order to understand how the female athlete’s body responds to training, a majority of the research within the field is physiology-based and the recommendations for strength and conditioning coaches are largely bio-medical (e.g., sport physiology, injury prevention, nutrition). While scholars often assume that coaches need merely to acquire and use physiological and bio-medical knowledge and may also benefit to other issues currently raised with females and sports. Strength and conditioning in female athletes is recognized as multifaceted and requires diverse knowledge base with practical application for strength and conditioning coaches.

Call for Papers
This special issue aims to expand and challenge our thinking of females in strength and conditioning, as athletes and coaches. Building upon the growth of females, this special issue is timely and likely to have wide appeal and readership.
Specifically, the purpose of this special issue is to bridge the gap between research and literature in female athletes and female strength and conditioning coaches. We encourage submissions of interest to both contributors and readers such as (but not limited to):
 Resistance training considerations for female athletes in a variety of sports (force, power, velocity, hypertrophy, etc.)
 Injury prevention in females in specific sports
 Social-psychological aspects of training females
 Training mental intensity in female athletes
 Types of motivation for female athletes
 Mobility in specific joints for injury prevention or rehab in females
 Modalities that increase sport performance in female athletes
 Female strength and conditioning coaches influence on the field
 Considerations for military training in females
 Nutrition considerations in female athletes
 Self-confidence and/or body image issues in female athletes
 History or changes in female S&C coaches
 Female youth considerations in sport
 Gender Issues and Sport
 Training programs for the female obese population

Writing and Publishing Guidelines
General Instructions
The mission of the Strength and Conditioning Journal is to, “…publish articles that report both the practical applications of research findings and the knowledge gained by experienced professionals.” It is inappropriate to submit original research to this journal.
Submissions must be directly relevant for strength and conditioning coaches.
While scholars are encouraged to draw upon research in females, it will be the author(s) responsibility to transfer this material to the context of strength and conditioning. Authors will need to do more than state “females learn or experience…and females in strength and conditioning may glean from this…” Authors are encouraged to consult with the guest editor or an experienced strength and conditioning coach to help provide practical knowledge, examples or context. The guest editor has a reference list of research and literature on females in strength and conditioning, knowledge, and characteristics that is available upon request.
Authors are also encouraged to advance a new position, or a critique of existing one, related to the field of strength and conditioning as long as it is connected to females. More information can be found at the Strength and Conditioning Journal homepage:

Audience and Tone
The audience for the SCJ is primarily practitioners. Submissions should be written without excessive technical or theoretical language while avoiding the recent concern to “dumb-down” articles. In other words, please write to your audience. Author(s) ability to balance these requirements is essential.

Submission Instructions
Strength and Conditioning Journal is a peer-reviewed journal with wide readership in the field. It has an impact factor of 0.713 and ranks 57/79 in Sport Sciences. It is, arguably, the most widely read and esteemed practitioner journal in the field of strength and conditioning. When submitting for this Special Issue for Females and Strength and Conditioning, please note in your submission that it is for the Female Special Issue, so that it is not published in the regular issues. Instructions for authors are available at the following url:

Tentative Submission Deadlines:
1. Targeted submission deadline August, 2015
2. Initial Peer review August-September, 2015
3. Author corrections September-October, 2015
4. 2nd Review if necessary September-October/November, 2015
5. Publisher corrects and finalizing of manuscripts November-December, 2015
6. Published issue targeted in February, 2016

*Please note: Delays in the submission process and the need to receive a sufficient number of manuscripts will ultimately influence the targeted publishing date.

Questions should be directed to:
Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD
Department of Kinesiology
California State University – San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, HP 120
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Office: (909) 537-7565
Email: ndabbs@csusb.edu or ncdabbs@gmail.com

PHD: Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport - Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

PhD Research Studentship: The Use of Performance Analysis in Elite Sport: An Ethnography of Practice
Manchester Metropolitan University, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cheshire and Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding Amount:  £13,863 p.a. tax-free bursary plus tuition fees (£3998 p.a.)
Hours: Full Time for 3 Years
Placed on: XX/XX/XX
Closes06/02/15
Appointment: Interview and presentation date Wednesday the 25th February
Applications are invited for the above joint funded studentship based at Crewe in the Department of Exercise and Sports Science at MMU’s Cheshire Faculty working in conjunction with the English Institute of Sport (EIS). The PhD provides a unique opportunity to work with elite performance sports within the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
The EIS, a grant funded organisation, is a nationwide network of support centres designed to foster the talents of English elite athletes – increasing their potential for medal success. Working hand-in-hand with elite performers and coaches, the performance analysis department supports the development and performance of elite athletes both towards and during competition. As part of this support programme, the performance analysis department use video-based feedback across a range of sports to support the athletes and coaches.
In further understanding the development of support systems towards Rio 2016 and beyond, we are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to investigate the use of video-based performance analysis across a range of key EIS sports. The specific aims of this research programme are to explore: (1) the coaches’ use of video-based feedback; (2) the athletes’ experiences of receiving video-based feedback; and (3) the coach-athlete interactions in video-based feedback sessions across a range of EIS supported sports.
The project involves collecting data through qualitative research methods (e.g., interviews, observations, and field notes) to address these research aims. Whilst based primarily at the Cheshire Faculty at MMU, it is expected that the successful candidate will divide their time between the Cheshire Faculty at MMU and at the EIS support centres in Manchester.
Applicants should have a good first degree in sport, education, sociology or a related discipline (2:1 or 1st). A masters degree within sport, education, or sociology would be desirable. In addition, applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills, as well as confidence in academic writing and qualitative research methods. Applicants should have a strong interest in sport and social science, although specific technical expertise in sports performance analysis is not required for this programme of research.
To be considered please submit an academic CV, a  500 word statement outlining your suitability for the post, and a 1000 words (max) research proposal addressing the specific aims of this research project to Dr Ryan Groom (r.groom@mmu.ac.uk). Informal enquires should be made to Dr Ryan Groom at the same email address.
Information about the Faculty and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science can be found at:http://www.cheshire.mmu.ac.uk/

SUMMER STUDY ABROAD: MLB’s Asia strategy - George Washington University

George Washington's Short-Term Study Abroad program has a great course offering this Summer for students interested in Sport Globalization. A small group will travel to China to observe Major League Baseball's efforts to spur player development and fan engagement in the country.

We'll work with MLB in China to assess those efforts and to refine MLB’s Asia strategy.

The course is open to non-GW students. I would welcome hearing from any who are interested. My email address is mhyman@gwu.edu. The application deadline is February 16.

See the link for details.

http://business.gwu.edu/international-programs/study-abroad/short-term/

PHD: Examining the Socio-Cultural Significance of Te Awa River Ride - University of Waikato (NZ)

PhD Scholarship Opportunity
Project: Examining the Socio-Cultural Significance of Te Awa River Ride

Te Awa River Ride is a shared cycle/walkway travelling 70 kilometres along the banks of the Waikato River. The ride is being developed in stages, and when completed in 2015 it will travel through various local communities along New Zealand’s largest and longest river. Te Awa River Ride is supported by various regional and national trusts, business and organizations, and is expected to attract users from across New Zealand and around the world.

This PhD opportunity will see the successful candidate exploring the socio-cultural significance of Te Awa River Ride for the Waikato region and the various local communities through which the cycleway travels. The project will critically examine the socio-cultural, psychological and/or economic significance of this development for local, regional and national sense of community, identity and connection to place and space. This project is part of a broader research initiative between the University of Waikato, the Department of Sport and Leisure Studies, and the Avantidrome Home of Cycling, with the aim of understanding and enhancing both high performance and recreational sport in the region.

The successful applicant will work with an interdisciplinary supervisory team who will support their research from conception to completion. As well as working closely with various stakeholders, the successful candidate will also be required to contribute to the University through promotion of their research and teaching assistance, where appropriate. The scholarship provides a stipend of $22,000 plus domestic tuition fees per year for three years.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for this opportunity you must possess a relevant first class Honours or Masters qualification (or equivalent) in a field related to the project. International students are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written English skills. It would be advantageous to have experience with interdisciplinary research and the qualitative methods of interviewing and participant-observation. The successful candidate should have good organizational and communication skills and be able to work independently. They should enjoy new challenges and take exceptional pride in their own work.

How to Apply 

Please send your CV, a one-page expression of interest, and a brief outline of how you propose to approach the topic, to hthorpe@waikato.ac.nz

Applications close: February 20, 2015
Proposed start date: April 1, 2015 (with some room for negotiation with successful participant)

Enquiries 
Please send all enquires to Dr Holly Thorpe: hthorpe@waikato.ac.nz

CFP: The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics - Journal of Amateur Sport

Call for Papers: Special Issue on
The Political Economy of Amateur Athletics

Special Issue Guest Editors:
Joshua I. Newman
Florida State University

Kyle S. Bunds
North Carolina State University

Concerned by the rise of professionalism in sport, and in an attempt to protect the sanctity of amateurism, the famous author and early bicycling aficionado G. Lacy Hillier proclaimed in 1892, “Sport is amusement solely…The essence of sport is relaxation…The sportsman (sic), then, is the man who has an amusement which may cost him something, but which must not bring him in anything, for an amusement which brings him in anything is not a sport but a business” (as cited in Allison, 2001, p. vii). In the historical present, however, it has become quite clear that sport is now a deeply privatized and commercialized feature of most societies. Considering the widespread development of both mass participant and mass spectator sport over the course of the last 150 years, historians, sociologists, economists, legal scholars, and behavioral scientists have in recent decades dedicated considerable effort to the study of how market forces and logics have infiltrated, and in some ways been remediated by, the function of amateurism within sport.

This coupling of sport and business has impacted the structure of amateur sport organizations as well as the ethic of amateurism more generally. Issues such as a) the professionalization of the Olympic Games, b) the rights of intercollegiate student-athletes to gain remuneration through their economically-productive sporting practices, and c) the hyper-commodification of youth sports feature largely in many a nations’ public discourse. It has been argued that amateurism serves a double function: on the supply side, amateurism produces a system of governance that suppresses wage labor (in relation to market value) and exacerbates income inequality (allowing those with capital to produce incomes at rates that exceed those producing income through labor); and on the demand side, the structure of amateur sport allows for the uneven allocation of public resources dedicated to fostering community development and health through sport and physical activity.

Given the current environment, there is a need for scholarly research and discussion on the political economy of amateur sport in the contemporary (global) market society. In this special issue on the political economy of amateur athletics, we welcome submissions focused on the following topics:


Intercollegiate Athletics at all levels
Adult Amateur Sport and Recreation
The blurring lines between Amateur and Semi-Professional Sport
Amateurism and the Olympic Games
The Commercialization/Marketization of Youth Sport
The political economy of the contemporary sporting body
The market politics of gender, race, sexuality, or (dis)ability

We invite a wide range of articles, essays, and creative works that will embrace and carry your work and/or the conference experience into the journal; scholars, researchers, and practitioners across disciplines and drawing upon a wide range of methods are encouraged to submit.

If you have an interest in pursuing a manuscript for submission, please send an initial proposal (including a working title and a 150-200 word abstract) through e-mail to both Dr. Joshua Newman (jinewman@fsu.edu) and the JAS office (jamsport@ku.edu) by April 15th, 2015. The final manuscript needs to be submitted for review no later than October 1st, 2015.

PHD: Sport and Citizenship (five offers) - Loughborough University

Loughborough University

PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship: Supporters’ activism, nostalgia and the governance of modern football 

Following the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. It will research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.

The specific focus of this PhD is the area of football governance and supporters’ activism, with attention to the role of nostalgia and the communication networks of supporters. This PhD explores the extent to which football fans develop and articulate specific forms of social, cultural (and football) citizenship by participating in the activities of supporters groups at local, national or European level. This project will explore the motivations, strategies and outcomes of supporter activism in Europe. This PhD will explore the concept of ‘modern football’ and question the extent to which nostalgia for ‘older football’ is a motivator for supporters’ activism. The project will adopt an interdisciplinary approach with a threefold social scientific theoretical framework, comprised of theories of collective and cultural memory, communication networks, and approaches to sports governance.

This PhD will adopt a case study design, with a qualitative methodology for data collection and analysis. The research will benefit substantially from our external links with Football Supporters Europe (FSE) as the non-academic project partner. The PhD supervisors will be Dr Borja García, (Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences), and Dr Emily Keightley (Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies in the Department of Social Sciences). The PhD student will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/research/

Applicants will need to hold at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in the areas of the social sciences related to the study, such as Communication, Media Studies, Sport Management/Policy or the social sciences of sport. Knowledge and/or strong experience of football governance and supporter activism will be considered an essential pre-requisite as well. A relevant Master’s degree and/or strong experience in the relevant areas will be an advantage. Applicants should also have excellent qualitative research skills. Finally, speaking a second European language will be an advantage.

General information about the school of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Borja García (b.garciagarcia@lboro.ac.uk).

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://luis.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1

The closing date for applications is 27th February 2015
Interviews will take place in week commencing 27th April 2015.

Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M1

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PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship: Sport for Development
Following the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.
This PhD is situated within the broad area of Sport for Development. The project will investigate how sport is used in developing societies to promote wider social benefits associated with active citizenship. The specific focus of the research is open to discussion between the supervisors and applicants. Possible research topics include but are not limited to the study of sport’s contribution towards achieving better educational outcomes, stronger social cohesion, improved health practices, or the empowerment of women. The project may also involve a comparative dimension, exploring the contribution of sport and non-sporting activities for achieving beneficial social outcomes. It is anticipated that the project will involve significant data-collection in at least one developing society on a case-study basis. The research will benefit substantially from close links with the British Council as the non-academic project partner, particularly in terms of offering research access to on-going work by the British Council in specific international locations. The PhD supervisors will be Professor Richard Giulianotti and Dr James Esson, and the PhD student will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.
The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/research/
Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to obtain, at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sport studies or a relevant social science discipline. A relevant Masters degree will be advantageous.
General information on the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Giulianotti (r.giulianotti@lboro.ac.uk) or Dr Esson (j.esson@lboro.ac.uk).
To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://luis.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1
The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015
Interviews will take place in March 2015
Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M2 
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PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship: Representation and the experiences of minorities in football coaching and leadership in Europe
Following the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.
The broad focus of this PhD is on representation and the experiences of minorities in football coaching and leadership in Europe. More specifically, the PhD will examine the levels of involvement in the game amongst different ethnic, cultural and religious minorities as players, coaches and in leadership positions. It will also seek to examine the range of social, cultural and institutional factors which have both enabled and constrained minority inclusion across these tiers of the game. In doing so, it will explore a number of key issues including; the extent, shape and impact of overt and coded forms of racial stereotyping, and practices of conscious and unconscious systemic bias which underpin inequality of access, opportunities and outcomes and disadvantage citizens drawn from outside dominant (white) social and cultural networks. The PhD will utilise both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and will involve working closely with key stakeholders in the sport, including; national FA’s, the FARE network and UEFA.
The PhD supervisors will be Dr Steven Bradbury and Dr Mahfoud Amara and the PhD student will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. Additional guidance and support will be provided by Piara Powar, the Director of the FARE network. The PhD findings will substantially advance knowledge and understanding of processes of racialised exclusion in football and have significant transferability to wider sporting and social contexts.
The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/research/
Applicants will normally need to hold at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant sports science or social science based subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience of working to address issues of ‘race’ and discrimination in sport or other social settings would be an advantage. Applicants should also have excellent written and oral communication skills.
General information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at:http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Steven Bradbury at s.bradbury@lboro.ac.uk
To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://luis.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1
The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015
Interviews will take place in March
Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M3 

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PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship: Physical Citizens: Positive youth development, ‘life skills’ and outdoor learning
Following the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.
The focus of this PhD is in the broad area of young people’s development through outdoor learning experiences. Specifically, it seeks to critically examine how outdoor learning and ‘wild’ environments are used by the Outward Bound Trust to facilitate the promotion of ‘active citizenship’ and the development of wide-ranging ‘life skills’ for young people. In this way, it aims to contribute to recent inter-disciplinary debates on youth, informal education and active citizenship. Furthermore, the project seeks to engage with concepts of embodiment, adventure and identity in the performance of citizenship through physical activity. We anticipate the project will utilise a predominantly qualitative research methodology and include an element of participatory and/or creative methods.
The PhD supervisors will be Dr Sarah Mills (Department of Geography) and Dr Rachel Sandford (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences), and the PhD student will be based in the Department of Geography, School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. The research will benefit substantially from our external links with the Outward Bound Trust as the non-academic project partner.
The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/research/
Applicants will normally need to hold at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a pertinent Social Science subject e.g. Geography or Physical Education/Sport Pedagogy. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience working with young people and community/third sector organisations would be an advantage. Applicants should also have excellent written and oral communication skills.
General information about the Department of Geography and the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Sarah Mills (S.Mills@lboro.ac.uk) or for queries on the application process please contact Susan Clarke (S.N.Clarke@lboro.ac.uk)
To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://luis.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1
The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015
Interviews will take place in March
Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M4 
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PhD Studentship in Sport and Citizenship: Sexualities in Sport
Following the establishment of a ‘mini Centre for Doctoral Training’ (mini-CDT) in Sport and Citizenship at Loughborough University, applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the University’s Graduate School to start on October 1st 2015. The Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT is a joint initiative of the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences. This mini-CDT seeks to research the diverse ways in which active citizenship is pursued by different individuals and social groups in and through sport.
Sports provide a crucial social field in which recognition and citizenship are pursued by diverse social organizations, actors and groups, notably along the lines of class, gender, ethnicity, region or nationality, and sexuality. This PhD studentship focuses on sexuality in sport and will examine the role of key stakeholders - notably fans, sports officials, clubs and administrators, non-governmental organizations, and pressure groups - with regards to the extent of discrimination, intolerance and prejudice. At the level of policy, sports such as football have recognized these struggles: for example, in its Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, the English Football Association outlined a strategy ‘for addressing incidents of discrimination in English football and encouraging greater inclusion across the game’; likewise, the governing body of European football, UEFA, argues that social responsibility is a key tenet of its anti-discrimination strategy. Despite these policies, however, there is evidence to suggest that forms of exclusion, discrimination and intolerance continue to undermine the full recognition and participation of the LGBT community. The PhD study will substantially advance our knowledge of the politics of citizenship within sport and will benefit substantially from our external links with Stonewall as the non-academic project partner. Moreover, the study will facilitate deeper understandings of the role of sport and other fields of popular culture in shaping the wider politics of citizenship; of the roles of different political and social actors in shaping citizenship struggles; and, of how citizenship struggles over sexuality are occurring in contemporary society.
The studentship is for 3 years and is intended to start on October 1st 2015. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £13,863 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for the duration of the studentship. International (non-EU) students may apply for this studentship, but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves. For more information on fees, please see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/finance/research/ 
Applicants will normally need to hold at least an upper 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a social science discipline. A relevant Master’s degree in the social sciences and/or experience in this area will be an advantage. Issued October 2014
General information about the school of Social Sciences can be found at:http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/socialsciences/
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Jamie Cleland: j.cleland@lboro.ac.uk
To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://luis.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1
The closing date for applications is 27 February 2015
Interviews will take place in March
Please quote the following reference when applying: GS15SSEHS/M5