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.

Netflix and Nations prompt surge in football club acquisitions
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
[EPOSM] More than 5000 completed questionnaires
Malabar naval drills commence as calls for boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics emerge
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
Interview with James Dorsey, journalist, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, author of the blog "The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer", led by Carole Gomez from IRIS and Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
GeoSport is a home for intelligent, value-adding content on geopolitics and sport, providing informed, expert analyses onf contemporary issues. The key focus of the content will be around diplomacy; international relations; nation branding; politics and soft power, and the link...
New ‘GeoSport’ platform launched by IRIS and emlyon business school
Senior 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
Senior Research Fellow
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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.
Sport and Geopolitics is a rapidly growing concern for the academic study of sport and politics. IRIS and emlyon business school collaborate on publishing timely, value-adding content that provides intelligent, informed analyses of contemporary issues in geopolitics and sport.
SEE countries for the integrity of football clubs (SEE-I)
SEE-I is an Erasmus+ Sport Project. It explores the structural weaknesses of football clubs in 3 countries (Romania, Bulgaria and Greece) by looking at 3 main threats: corruption, match-fixing and doping.
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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  • 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