The implementation of EU sports policy PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
5 years
Reference number:
Start date:
1 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
28 February 2018



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Project detail

The European Union (EU) has developed since 2009 a direct sports policy under Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. EU institutions have adopted a number of policy initiatives in order to develop the “European dimension of sport” implementing the mandate of Article 165. Academic attention to EU sports policy has mostly focused on the agenda-setting stage, though. This project aims to analyse the implementation EU sports policy initiatives since December 2009, with a special focus on the sport chapter of Erasmus+ and the European Week of Sport.

Using concepts drawn from policy-making, policy implementation and policy analysis theories, the project seeks to discuss the extent to which EU sports policy has met its objectives. It will also analyse which policy initiatives are perceived to be more efficient by those involved in implementation. The project is especially interested in identifying the main challenges and barriers to an effective implementation of EU sports policy. It is also interested in identifying the extent to which EU sports policy has fostered or hampered co-operation between public authorities and sport non-governmental organisations.

Methodologically, the project will draw on qualitative research, tracing the implementation of policy initiatives through a review of policy documents, evaluation reports and relevant press and institutional documents. It will also include semi-structured interviews with those responsible in the implementation of selected policy initiatives.


Primary supervisors: Dr Borja Garcia Garcia

Secondary supervisor: Dr Serhat Yilmaz

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Borja Garcia Garcia or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in political sciences, European studies, European law, sports policy, sports management, or similar related area of the social sciences.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: European politics, sports policy or management, public administration, public policy implementation

Knowledge or experience of the context of EU sport policy will be an advantage. Knowledge of a second European language and in qualitative research methods will also be an advantage.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/BG