Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
 Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
The sport research department of IRIS has become a leading authority in the EU on the analysis of the position and role of sport within international affairs. The area of research covers sport diplomacies, sports economy, governance and integrity, as well as the societal impacts linked to sport competition and activities. IRIS cooperates with organisations such as UNESCO (IRIS is a member of the Permanent Consultative Council of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS)), the Council of Europe or the European Commission. With regards to the subject of sports integrity, IRIS has notably led a landmark European program “What national networks to fight against match-fixing?” (2012-2014) and is currently coordinating a program for the European Commission: “Preventing criminal risks linked to the sports betting market” (2016-2017) . IRIS is also taking part in the European project “Fix the Fixing” (2016-2017 ; led by the University of Thessaloniki).

In France, IRIS has been assisting the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs on the formulation and implementation of a specific French sports diplomacy since 2012. In this framework, IRIS has analyzed in detail several examples of sport diplomacies (United States of America, Qatar, United Kingdom, Brazil, China) and proposed recommendations to the French state for its own sport diplomacy (Program “Diplosport” – 2012).
Passing on the Torch: Grassroots Opposition to Olympic Bids through the case of No Boston Olympics 2021
Interview with Chris Dempsey, co-Founder of No Boston Olympics, co-Author of No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch. Conducted by Estelle Brun, Research Associate at IRIS
Athlete Activism from Black Power in 1968 to Today’s Black Lives Matter
Interview with Dr Douglas Hartmann, Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota researching on race, sport and culture. Conducted by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS
Playing games in the Gulf: how GCC Nations use Sport to build power and position
Interview with Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EM Lyon. Conducted by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS.
Football, Diplomacy and Identity Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
Interview with Dr Mahfoud Amara, Director of Sport Science Program and Associate Professor in Sport Management and Policy at Qatar University. Conducted by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS
Spain’s red flags: Media Representations of the Nation(s) following La Roja’s Victory in the 2010 World Cup
by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS
Globalised Hoops: The NBA and International Relations
Interview with Dr Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff, Writer and Historian of International Sports, Author of The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010. Conducted by Estelle BRUN, Research Assistant at IRIS
Golf Politics: The Social Role of the Game in the United States and Beyond
Interview with Orin Starn, Professor of cultural anthropology and history at Duke University and author of The Passion of Tiger Woods : an anthropologist reports on golf, race, and celebrity scandal (2011). Conducted by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS
Sport for Gender Equality: the potential of Sport for Social Inclusion recognised during the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs’ 2020 Week for Equality
by Estelle Brun, Research Assistant at IRIS
EU Projects Key Points of Convergence
Final Report
Conclusion of the PreCrimBet EU Programme coordinated by IRIS with Partners
Head of Project
Carole Gomez

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Fix the fixing
IRIS is a partner of a research program « Fix the fixing », sponsored by the EU Commission:
Fix the Fixing aims to develop a user-friendly educational tool to raise awareness among sports authorities and athletes about match-fixing, teach coping skills on resisting match-fixing approaches, and indicate ways to properly report match-fixing incidents to the relevant authorities.
Program “Preventing criminal risks linked to the sports betting markets” (#PreCrimBet)
Program sponsord by the European Commission, intending to create consistent and authoritative knowledge on the criminal risks linked to the sports betting market, assist national authorities in protecting betting integrity and building networks of concerned public and private stakeholders at national level.
What national networks to fight against match-fixing
National seminars in EU countries to mobilize the sports administrators fot the protection of sports integrity.