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Research Interests

Sport as a Tool for Promoting Peace ; Historical, Sociological and Sports Management aspects of Disability and Paralympic Sport; The use of disability sport in the rehabilitation of military and non-military victims of violent conflict

Biography

 

Ian Brittain is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry Business School. He is an internationally recognised expert in the study of disability and Paralympic sport and has attended the last five summer Paralympic Games in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. He is an experienced researcher and is widely published in a variety of books/book chapters and journals. Dr Brittain is an active reviewer for a number of journals, book publishers and funding bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council and the International Olympic Committee. He has presented at a variety of national and international conferences and has been successful in a number of large grant applications. These include a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme bid worth €852.600 on managing the impact of mega-events and two Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships for Dr Leonardo Mataruna from Brazil and Prof. Jill LeClair from Canada for which Dr Brittain acts as Scientist in Charge.

 

Area of Expertise:

 

Sociological, Historical and Sports Management aspects of disability and Paralympic sport

 

Vision Statement

My main interest is in the transformative potential of sport on the lives of people with disabilities. I am particularly interested in the impact of the Paralympic Games upon the lives of people with disabilities living in the host city/country. To this end I hope to start two long term projects investigating the social impact of the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games upon the lives of people with disabilities in Brazil and Japan. This is an issue that has not really been investigated in any real depth thus far. I am also interested in whether the cultural context has any bearing upon these potential impacts. My other main interest is in the history of particularly the early Paralympic Games and Stoke Mandeville Games, which I take every opportunity to improve. As a result of this I have one of the largest personal archives of Paralympic historical material in the world.

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Research Output 2004 2018

Disability Sport

Brittain, I. 2018 (Accepted/In press) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd Ed). G, R. & C, R. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Key Points in the History and Development of the Paralympic Games

Brittain, I. 31 Jan 2018 The Palgrave Handbook of Paralympic Studies. Brittain, I. & A. B. (eds.). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 125-150 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Olympic Games
Rehabilitation
Conception
Sports events

Legacy of Mega Sporting Events for People with Disabilities

Brittain, I. 2018 Legacies and Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales?. Brittain, I., Bocarro, J., Byers, T. & Swart, K. (eds.). Routledge, 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

disability
event
economics

The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games: A case study of grass-roots sport clubs and the sport participation legacy

Thomas, G., Brittain, I. & Jones, A. 2018 Legacies and Mega Events: Fact or Fairy Tales?. Brittain, I., Bocarro, J., Byers, T. & Swart, K. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 211-221 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Activities 1999 2018

  • 31 Participation in conference
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Invited talk
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Disability Sport: What will its legacy be? Conference

Brittain, I. (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

58th Annual International Olympic Academy Session for Young Participants

Brittain, I. (Invited speaker)
16 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Invited talk

7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress (ISPAH)

Brittain, I. (Speaker), Jason Bocarro (Speaker), Kyle Bunds (Speaker), Mike Edwards (Speaker)
15 Oct 201817 Oct 2018

Activity: Participation in conference

Nippon Foundation Olympic and Paralympic Integration Symposium

Brittain, I. (Invited Speaker)
5 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

International Paralympic Committee VISTA Conference

Brittain, I. (Speaker), Evgeny Mashkovskiy (Speaker)
20 Sep 201723 Sep 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Press / Media

The Paralympic Games: how it all started

Simon Gerard & Ian Brittain

8/08/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Les Jeux paralympiques : comment tout commença, il y a 70 ans

Simon Gerard & Ian Brittain

10/07/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

National Public Radio - Tech Show

Ian Brittain

14/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Why do Americans ignore the Paralympics?

Ian Brittain

1/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment