Managing sport for social change: The state of play

Emma Sherry, Nico Schulenkorf, Laurence Chalip

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Sport-for-development (SFD) provides a platform for sport to be used as a tool or "hook" to contribute to positive outcomes in areas including economic development, social inclusion, cultural cohesion, healthy lifestyles, education, gender equity, as well as reconciliation and peacebuilding. The area of sport for social change (SFSC) represents a sub-field of SFD that uses sport as a catalyst to build social capacity and develop socially and physically healthy communities. The Managing Sport for Social Change special issue of Sport Management Review brings together a collection of conceptual advances, empirical research papers and teaching case studies from a range of social and cultural perspectives, with a focus on managing sport for social change; aimed at engaging critically with sport management theory and praxis, and discussing associated practical and policy implications. Theoretical gaps and recommendations for future research, including: local engagement, innovative research methodology, and a broadening of the scope of research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalSport Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Development through sport
  • Sport for development
  • Sport for development and peace
  • Sport for social change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing


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