School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

David O’Byrne

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PhD Student

David graduated from Trinity College Dublin (BA - Business, Economic and Social Studies) in 2005 before pursuing a career in marketing and communications. After spending the last ten years working in countries around the world in the areas of public relations, event management and consultancy, David returned to University to undertake Loughborough’s MSc in the Sociology of Sport in 2014/2015. His master’s research project focused on the impacts and influences of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on the sport for development and peace (SDP) sector.

David commenced his PhD studies in October 2015 as a member of the newly-founded Sport and Citizenship mini-CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training). More specifically his research focuses on the area of SDP and social citizenship and is jointly supervised by the School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences (Prof. Richard Giulianotti) and the Geography Department (Dr. James Esson).

Project information

Analysing the social impacts of sport for development and peace in developing nations

The PhD project is located within the broad field of sport for development and peace (SDP), wherein sport is used to promote wider social benefits associated with active citizenship, such as youth empowerment, social integration, peace-building, and gender equality.  The project will investigate, in particular, the extent to which different SDP initiatives and interventions have had these intended impacts.  Research will be undertaken in at least one developing nation on a case-study basis, and will benefit substantially from close links with the British Council as the external, non-academic project partner.