PhD studentship in global governance of sport


PhD studentship in global governance of sport

Coventry University's Centre for Business in Society is looking for a PhD candidate for a three year fixed-term studentship. Application deadline 18 May

PhD Studentship in Global Governance of Sport
Tuition Fees + Bursary £14,057 per year

Many international sport governing bodies were created in the late 19th century – early 20th century on a not-for-profit voluntary basis by administrators keen to promote the educational values of sport, and were very much Europe-centred.

These organisations are now looking after millions of members in an ever-growing number of countries across the five continents and are truly global. They overlook events which are broadcasted live worldwide and generate significant revenues, expressed in billions for the largest ones.

In the wake of a number of scandals and allegations of corruption, this research will aim at exploring how international sport governing bodies adapt to the increased professionalization and commercialisation of sport in terms of governance.

It will particularly look at how they engage with a wide range of stakeholders internationally and move away from being perceived as “old boys’ clubs” to ensure a more diverse representation in terms of gender or ethnicity but also required skills in this changing environment.

The studentship is based in the vibrant new Centre for Business in Society (CBiS). CBiS recognises that the behaviour of 21st century business organisations and policy makers increasingly have significant positive and negative effects on the lives of individuals, groups, communities, nations and global relations.

This research studentship will contribute to the CBiS research themes of:

  • Global corporate governance
  • Sport, business and corruption

You will need to have:
  • A taught Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

Due to funding criteria applications are only accepted from UK/ EU candidates.
Applications close: 18 May 2015

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Bradley Castelli


Monday, April 13, 2015 - 23:00