The Centre for Sport in Society brings together colleagues from across Ulster University who conduct research on a range of disciplinary perspectives in the social sciences.
This research explores themes and issues associated with the cultural, political, social, economic and historical import of sport in a variety of local, national and international contexts including Ireland, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.
The work of Centre members that was submitted to the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 was praised by the assessment panel as being internationally excellent and in some cases, world-leading.
Since 2005, Centre members have secured research funding from a range of prestigious sources including the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, Special Olympics, the British Academy and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Our work is also impactful and applied and has involved research conducted with a range of governing bodies and key stakeholders in sport including the Irish Football Association, UEFA, the Gaelic Athletic Association, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, World Rally Championship, Special Olympics Ireland and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
There has been considerable media interest in our research leading to its dissemination in a wide range of local, national and international media outlets.