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Sporting publication calls for academic input

European Sport Management Quarterly, is inviting academics to contribute to its upcoming COVID-19 special edition.

Professor Paul Downward of Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences who edits the journal, has commissioned a special issue which is guested edited by Loughborough University London’s Institute for Sport Business’ colleagues Professor James Skinner and Professor Aaron C.T Smith. The edition will look at the impact of the global pandemic across all aspects of sport.

Contributions are welcome from across all settings (e.g. professional sport, community sport, and personal recreation and exercise), exploring all outcomes (e.g. health and well-being, social connectedness, employment, and human capital) and connected with personal, leadership, organisational, management and resourcing issues.Authors are invited to examine conceptually, empirically, and theoretically, these impacts and future implications of COVID-19 on sport. Possible discussion topics could include:

The impact, and/or future consequences, of COVID-19 on:

  • particular sports and events.
  • media broadcasters.
  • sponsors and sponsorship.
  • managing the tension between the economic impact of COVID-19 and the social and ethical responsibilities of sport organisations.
  • the constraints and opportunities that sport organisations face and the innovative solutions they have adopted or planned to meet stakeholder and participant needs.
  • athlete welfare and responsibility (e.g. the impact on mental health, protecting athletes when playing resumes).
  • lockdowns and personal physical activity and identity, health and well-being, and social connectedness.
  • volunteers, communities, and the social capital connected to sport.
  • athlete remuneration and contracts.
  • the financing of sport.
  • how sports sectors have changed/will have to change (what is and will be the new normal?).

Those wishing to contribute should visit HERE and follow the submission guidelines. The deadline for entries is Monday 31st August 2020.

View the press release on the Loughborough University website for further information and resources.

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.