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A Badge of Going Green: A Critical Analysis of the Carbon Accreditation Schemes in Sport

   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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  Dr M Tak, Dr Do Young Pyun  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF, 2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.


As global warming has topped the international agenda across all sectors and levels, the sport industry is increasingly trying to play a part by, for example, being certified to international standards (e.g., ISO14001) and transforming its way of operation into a more environmentally-sustainable way.

The most appreciable form in which sports organisations display sustainability leadership is joining carbon accreditation schemes available in the voluntary and market sectors. Despite fast-growing expertise in effective environmental management systems in sport and innovative action plans suggested by green accreditation programmes and private consultancies, little has been known about the emerging voluntary instrument for going carbon neutral in sport.

This project will examine the effects of carbon accreditation programmes on organisational practices and consumer behaviour in sport. Located at the intersection of sport, environmentalism and policy instrumentation studies, the findings of this research will contribute to conceptualising how sport engages in the global agenda of addressing climate crisis and create a real-world impact by informing the sport industry of the value of the self-regulatory framework for protecting the environment.


Primary supervisor: Dr Minhyeok Tak

Secondary supervisor: Dr Do Young Pyun


Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Sports and Health Sciences, Social Sciences or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the above disciplines and knowledge and experience of both qualitative and quantitative research will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences'. Please quote the advertised reference number SSEHS/MT in your application. To avoid delays in processing your application please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK FEE: £4,500 - Full-time degree per annum
INTERNATIONAL FEE: £24,100 - Full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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