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The impact of Brexit on British sport

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Brexit delivered a shock to the social, economic and political systems of the United Kingdom, and sport has not been inmune to that. Since the Brexit referendum, and specially during the negotiations with the EU, there has been attention to the impact of Brexit on different industries and different policies, and to how those areas would seek to adapt to the new reality. However, not much of this has been applied to sport.

This project seeks to explore how sport organisations have perceived and interpreted Brexit. The project wants to identify how British sport organisations at different levels have reacted to Brexit in order to accommodate this new reality in their strategies, structures and policies. The project is specially interested in finding out how sport organisations have received information about Brexit, whether they have lobbied the government or the EU during negotiations, and whether the multi-level governance of sport has had any effect on their reaction to Brexit.

Finally, the project is also interested in finding out sport organisations' framing of the consequences of Brexit for sport in the country.

This project will follow mostly a qualitative methodology through content analysis of documents, media coverage and interviews. However, we are also open to a mixed methods approach incorporating a survey to generate a base of knowledge that is then furthered through qualitative research.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in political sciences, European studies, sport management, social sciences of sport or similar.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: European politics, sports policy, governance and administration, public policy analysis. Knowledge and experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods will also be an advantage.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements:

How to apply

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number: SSEHS/BG

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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