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    I am Assistant Professor in the Centre for Business in Society (CBiS) in the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University (United Kingdom). Until my recent move to CBiS in 2022, I was Assistant Professor in Management (with a focus on the sport industry) for 5+ years in the School of Marketing and Management (SMM) at Coventry University. I also led the MSc Sport Management for 3+ years, a highly ranked and internationally recognised Master programme (e.g. Ranked 1st in the UK and 12th Worldwide in the 2021 EdUniversal Best Sport Management Programme). I completed a PhD in 2016 at the UCLouvain (Belgium), followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in 2016/17 at the University of Ottawa (Canada).

    Research Interests

    My research can be described as empirically-oriented, primarily utilising qualitative methodologies and grounded in Organisation Theory (OT) with a specialisation in institutional theory and paradox theory.  The research questions I address often require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on social science disciplines including sociology and history. I am recognised expert in the socioeconomic transformation of non-profit organisations - predominantly in the sport industry - and how it impacts the long-term inclusion of marginalised groups in society.

    I have published articles  in various journals (such as Leisure Studies, Managing Sport and Leisure, Sport Business and Management) and authored chapters in several academic books such as the Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management, the Management global du sport or Research Handbook on Sports Governance.

    I have presented multiple papers in prestigious international conferences, such as the European Academy of Management (EURAM), European Group for Organisation in Studies (EGOS) and the European Association for Sport Management (EASM). 

    Research Interests: socio-economic transformation, non-profit, sport governance, disability sport

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Université catholique de Louvain

    Award Date: 1 Sep 2016

    MA, Université catholique de Louvain

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Ottawa


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