Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
The general mission of the Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group is to conduct and provide high quality research and education in the field of human kinesiology, including sports economics, sports history, sports management, sports marketing, sports policy, sports politics and sports sociology.
The research group strives to understand the relation between human movement and society both from a socio-cultural approach and from a socio-economic approach. An additional aim is to optimize the functioning of sports policies, sports organizations and educational programs in order to promote and improve access to sport and physical activity to a broad range of society.
The general vision within these two approaches is:
- To continue ongoing research projects on sports participation and to continue and start new and innovative research projects on sports participation and the organization of sport from a cultural, economic, management, marketing, policy, political and social perspective. Research is conducted at a macro, meso and micro level.
- To publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals with high rankings within the domain of sports economics, sports history, sports management, sports marketing, sports policy, sports politics and sports sociology.
- To cooperate with international academics in order to enhance the international comparison of research on sports participation and the organization of sport as a basis for (i) the international classification of sports policies in different countries and (ii) the optimization of sports policy and the organization of sport in specific countries.
- To apply evidence-based research in sports economics, sports history, sports management, sports marketing, sports policy and sport sociology courses in the curriculum of the faculty and (international) academic or applied guest lectures and conferences.
- To maintain dialogues/cooperation with public and private sports organizations to increase awareness of threats and opportunities and to facilitate the application and translation of relevant evidence-based research to practice (interaction between translational and fundamental research to deliver societal value).