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International Sport Events and Climate Change: an investigation of bidirectional relationships (Ref: SF20/SER/BATUEV)

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Dr M Batuev Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

As Greta Thunberg and various environmental groups have recently put more pressure on governments to address the global warming issue, international sport event organizers seems to pay little attention to the issue. For example, UEFA Euro 2020 will be organised in several host cities across the continent rather that a single host country, which will mean teams, fans, referees and media will accumulate many more air miles during the tournament. Meanwhile, there is a growing concern among the researchers and sport governing bodies that international sport event industry has increasingly suffered from climate change with the events cancellations (New York City Triathlon 2019), rescheduling (FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022) and heat-related incidents involving players and spectators (US Open tennis 2019, Ashes 2018) due to extreme heats. By 2050, less than half of the 21 cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics will be cold enough to host the Games again, according to (Scott et al, 2014). Hence, this project will timely contribute to the topical issue of global climate change with the focus on its bidirectional relationships with sport events.
We envisage this project to focus on review and analysis of the following aspects:
- Carbon footprint of international sport events: past, present and future
- Climate-related issues/incidents in international sport events (extreme heat, wetter weather, hurricanes, glacier melting in traditional areas of winter sports etc.)
- Case studies of UEFA Euro 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022
- Carbon-offsetting programmes of major international sport event organisers

Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g., SF20/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Open
Start Date: October 2020 or March 2021
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
For enquiries, contact Dr Mikhail Batuev ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

Please note, this is a self-funded project and does not include tuition fees or stipend; the studentship is available to Students Worldwide. Fee bands are available at . A relevant fee band will be discussed at interview based on project running costs
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