First Institute for Sport Business doctoral researcher completes PhD degree

Qi Peng joined the Institute for Sport Business in 2015 and became the first Sport Business Doctoral Researcher to successfully complete a PhD degree earlier this month.

Qi’s PhD, entitled The Institutional Change Process in the Chinese Sport Sector: An Organisational Analysis on the Chinese Football Association Reform examined the impact of policy changes on sport organisations through the lens of Multiple Streams Framework and organisational change theories.

Using the Chinese Football Association (CFA) as a case study, Qi’s research aimed to understand the reasons behind the “Jvguo Tizhi”(举国体制) policy and organisational change, the change process and its implications. She completed the degree under the supervision of Professor James Skinner and Professor Barrie Houlihan.

When asked about her time at Loughborough University London, Qi said: 

I am very honoured to be the first PhD candidate to join the Institute for Sport Business and the first to complete a PhD degree at the campus.

During the three-and-a-half years with Loughborough University London, I have received the best academic support from my supervisors who are the world-class experts in their field. The professional support staff at both campuses are so patient and always willing to listen and help, which made the university feel like home from day one. Choosing Loughborough University London for my PhD journey is a life-changing decision and it was totally worth it! 

Before completing her PhD, Qi studied M.A.Ed. in Sport Management at China’s top university for sport, Beijing Sport University. She also holds a BA in Sport English (International Affairs) from Chengdu Sport University.

Loughborough University London awarded Qi a three-year PhD studentship and she was also awarded a £1,500 Research Visit Grant for "China-related studies in the UK" from Universities' China Committee in London (December 2016).

Qi is now undertaking the role of Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.