2017 phd students research grants awarded

In the framework of the PhD Students Research Grant Programme, The Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has selected eight research projects based on their academic quality and link with Olympic studies.

Out of these eight projects, six are from the “Open subject” category and two from the “National Olympic Committees’ Policy Priority” category. The second category is organised in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity.

The selected candidates and their chosen projects are:

In the “Open subject” category:

1. MATSUO, Shunsuke (Japan)
The early history of Olympism in Uruguay (1911-1924): A national-global perspective
The University of Tokyo, Japan

2. HWANG, Bo Ra (Rep. Korea)
Olympic education policy in practice: Development, delivery and evaluation (case study of Tokyo 2020)
Loughborough University, Great Britain

3. MELLIS, Johanna (USA)    
Negotiation through sport: Navigating everyday life in socialist Hungary
University of Florida, USA

4. MOLAN, Conor (Ireland)
Planning to perform at the Olympic Games: An action research study aimed at enhancing the delivery of high performance critical success factors in a National Sport Organisation’s Olympic programme
University College Dublin, Ireland

5. PARDO GILA, José (Spain)
Disseminating the Olympic values on Facebook and Twitter during Rio 2016: Content, influencers and engagement
Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

The role of women in the promotion of Olympism in the Mediterranean region (1967-2017)   
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

In the National Olympic Committees’ Policy Priority” category:

1. PEDRAS, Loic (Portugal)
Research project supported by the Australian Olympic Committee

The future of sport organisations. Organisational responses to institutional complexity
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

2. RIBEIRO, Tiago (Portugal)
Research project supported by the Olympic Committee of Portugal

Athletes’ perspective of organisational issues in sports mega events
University of Lisbon, Portugal

The chosen students receive a grant which allows them to carry out their research project and, if relevant, to make use of The Olympic Studies Centre’s resources in Lausanne (Switzerland) (including the document and image archives of the International Olympic Committee, its official publications and a large collection of reference publications related to Olympism and the Olympic Movement). The results of their research must be submitted to the OSC at the end of 2017.

About the programme
The PhD Programme is one of the research programmes that has been organised by the OSC since 1999, intended to support academic research related to Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. It serves as a link between the IOC and universities of the world by reaching out to the next generation of professors, many of whom are now graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.

What is the selection process?
The winners were selected by a committee of academic experts renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism and/or their involvement in Olympic studies. Members of the 2017 selection committee comprised the following: Sigmund Loland (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway), Ana Maria Miragaya (Universidade Estàcio de Sà, Brazil), Françoise Papa (Université Grenoble Alpes, France), Benoît Seguin (University of Ottawa, Canada), Tracy Taylor (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Cesar Torres (State University of New York, United States), Thierry Zintz (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as well as OSC representatives.

When is the next edition?
The 2018 edition of the PhD Grant Programme will be launched in April 2017. Related documents will be available here.

Other research grant opportunities
University professors, lecturers and research fellows who have completed their doctorate and who currently hold an academic/research position covering the period of the grant are eligible to apply to the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme. This programme aims to promote advanced research by established researchers with a humanities or social sciences perspective in priority fields of research, which are identified annually by the IOC. See here for additional information.

For more information on The Olympic Studies Centre, its resources, services and research grant programmes, visit our website (www.olympic.org/studies) or contact studies.centre@olympic.org.

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