Sport-for-development: A comprehensive analysis of theoretical and conceptual advancements

Jon Welty Peachey, Nico Schulenkorf, Patrick Hill

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Over the past decade, the field of sport-for-development (SFD) has experienced significant growth and diversification across research and practice. In this review paper, the authors provide a comprehensive analysis and discussion of the theoretical and conceptual developments within SFD, addressing a gap in the literature. Following a sport-focused review of SFD literature, the authors first identify five theoretical and conceptual frameworks that have emerged from within the SFD space. As a second step, they analyze and discuss scholarly work that has utilized these theories and frameworks. Building on a comparison of key messages, themes, and concerns, the authors highlight that to date, limited SFD scholarship has truly applied, extended, or challenged existing frameworks and conceptualizations. Motivated by this review, they posit several conceptual advancements, and offer directions for future research and theoretical development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-796
Number of pages14
JournalSport Management Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Conceptual advancements
  • Literature review
  • Research directions
  • Sport-for-development
  • Theory building

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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