Sport and Geopolitics

Whether used as a way to exert influence or as an economic, political, or even cultural tool, sport has become a key component of international relations. Through its Sport Programme, IRIS provides insight and analysis into the growing impact of international sport. The Institute carries out work in this field on behalf of French, European Union and international sports bodies.

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
EPOSM project tackles non-betting-related match-fixing
Interview with Toni Llop, Partner Director of Eurofitness, about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy
Interview with Silvija Mitevska, President of TAKT, about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy
Interview with Eduardo Roberto Uhle, Programme Manager at SESC, about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy
Interview with Bence Garamvolgyi from NSULF about Grassroots Sport Diplomacy
« Grassroots Sport Diplomacy » – New Project to explore Sport Diplomacy at the Grassroots Level
EU Projects Key Points of Convergence
Final Report
Preventing criminal risks linked to the sports betting market (update on the Precrimbet programme)
Interview with Pim Verschuuren, Research Fellow at IRIS, Coordinator of the PreCimBet Programme
#PreCrimBet: IRIS and Partners start a new EU Program
Research Fellow at IRIS, Head of the "Sport and Geopolitics" Programme
Carole Gomez

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Pascal Boniface
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Carole Gomez
Research Fellow
Pim Verschuuren
Associate Research Fellow
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Geostrategic Observatory on Sport
This observatory features articles, interviews and weekly press reports that monitor international sports and its evolutions. It also features a number of projects currently run by IRIS in the field.
EPOSM – Evidence-based Prevention Of Sporting-related Match-fixing
EPOSM project is a Erasmus+ collaborative partnership between academic and on-the-field organisations which studies sporting-related match-fixing in different sport disciplines on a European level and organizes tailor-made training sessions.
FAIRES – Enhance good practices on refugees social inclusion through sport
IRIS, with France Terre d'asile and the IDF Badminton League, pilot the FAIRES Programme, funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme. Its aim is to provide good practices on refugees social inclusion through sport.
GrassRoots Sport diplomacy
IRIS is partnering ISCA on this brand new project, co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme. Its aim is to explore grassroots sport diplomacy.
« Fix the Fixing » Programme
IRIS is partnering the “Fix the Fixing" research programme, funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). It is designed to combat fixed games in all sports and at all levels.
#PreCrimBet – Preventing the criminal risks linked to the sport betting market
The intent of the programme, funded by European Commission, has been to identify, analyse and evaluate the criminal risks linked to the sports betting activity.
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  • European Commission
  • Conseil Supérieur de la Formation et de la Recherche Stratégiques
  • Française des Jeux
  • The European lotteries
  • Centre d'analyse, de prévision et de stratégie, ministère des Affaires étrangères
  • International sport and aculture association (ISCA)
  • Université de Thessalonique