Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Social Sciences and Sport

Laboratory research

A critical understanding of the role of sport in society.

Sport must be understood within the wider political-economic and socio-cultural structures and processes. Researchers in the School draw upon a range of social science disciplines to gain an understanding of how these structures and processes operate in local, national and global contexts. The aim of research in this theme is to contribute to a critical awareness of the significance of sport in people’s daily lives and as an industry and object of public policy.

Key research areas include: the production and consumption of sport; social inclusion/exclusion; multiculturalism; inter-cultural dialogue; the role that social capital plays in understanding sport subcultures; body and identity; education and schooling; health inequalities; transnational mega events; the Olympic and Paralympic Games; cross-cultural analyses; sport policy, governance, management and funding; national identity, migration and media.

Research Groups

Soccer coach with team

Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education Research Group

Sport Policy and Management

Sociology of Sport Research Group

Sport Policy and Management

Sport Policy and Management Research Group

Affiliated centre:
•  Centre for Olympic Studies and Research