GeoSport
In the midst of profound global challenges and the re-emergence of geopolitics, sport is increasingly being utilised by governments, policy makers, businesses and others to achieve a multiplicity of goals. This includes using sport to build diplomatic relationships, enhance soft power, ease international tensions, and strengthen strategic position.

A growing symbiotic relationship of sport, global networks and geopolitics is increasingly evident. Qatar’s staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, China’s policy of stadium diplomacy in Africa, investments by sovereign wealth funds in sport, and the use of sports sponsorship programmes by national airlines are some of the many examples highlighting the significance of geopolitics and sport.

IRIS and emlyon business school collaborate on publishing timely, value-adding content that provides intelligent, informed analyses of contemporary issues in geopolitics and sport.

This platform will publish short articles, interviews, policy papers, podcasts and webinaire, all linked with sport and geopolitics.
Partners
  • IRIS
  • em lyon business school
 
 
02.03.2021
As Cold as Ice: about the Relationship between Sport, Human Rights and Economic Considerations in Belarus
By Anton Klischewski, founder of the Project PRESFUL, Sports & Sustainability Consultant for the initiative ‘Sport Trades Fair’ and the Berlin-based football club ‘FC Internationale 1980’
 
 
26.02.2021
China’s Championing of Football makes State led U-Turn for home
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
 
 
24.02.2021
Korean esports ecosystem and its practical implications from a geopolitical framework
By Dr. Seungbum Lee, Professor in the Department of Management of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron, Fellow for the China Soccer Observatory (CSO) of Asia Research Institute at University of Nottingham
 
 
19.02.2021
The Olympic Games during Covid-19: What is at stake for Toyko?
Interview with Jules Boykoff, author of four books on the Olympic Games, conducted by Estelle E. Brun, research associate at IRIS
 
 
12.02.2021
Gazprom and its sponsorship of football. From sex without a condom to major strategic threat
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
 
 
04.02.2021
Athlete activism faces stress test amid claims of sport washing
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
 
 
28.01.2021
Sport, “a powerful change agent”: an interview with Richard Lapchick
Interview with Richard Lapchick, founder and director of The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES), human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar and author. Conducted by Estelle E. Brun, Research Associate at IRIS.
 
 
21.01.2021
The GCC, Qatar/Saudi Relations and the Future Outlook for Sport
Interview with Dr Andrea Krieg, Lecturer at the Kings College (London, UK), and Dr Kristian Ulrichsen from th Rice University (US), led by Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
 
 
11.01.2021
World Cup the Winner in GCC Denouement Though Questions for Sport Remain
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
 
 
07.01.2021
A play-by-play of sports and climate change
Interview with Madeleine Orr, Founder and Co-Director of The Sport Ecology Group, and Brian McCullough, Co-Director of the Sport Ecology Group, led by Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
 
 
18.12.2020
Sports diplomacy, small nations and the case of Wales
Interview with Gavin Price, an independent expert at Bond University (Australia) focused on sports diplomacy and intercultural relations, led by Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
Contact
Senior Research Fellow at IRIS
Carole Gomez
 
Professor & Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
Simon Chadwick
 
Research Associate at IRIS
Estelle Brun
 
Associate Professor of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University
Paul Widdop
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