The Sport and Politics Specialist Group explores how the development and significance of an increasingly professionalised and internationalised sporting environment impacts on the political process as well as on the way in which practitoners of politics use sport as a tool for political gain.

The 2020 annual conference will be held at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, 2020. For further information contact conference convener Dr. Paul Brannagan, Email: and check the following conference webpage: 



The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

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Danyel Reiche

Role: Chair
Institution: American University of Beirut

Danny Fitzpatrick

Role: Secretary
Institution: Aston University

Jim O'Brien

Role: International Officer
Institution: Southampton Solent University

Paul Brannagan

Role: Treasurer
Institution: Manchester Metropolitan University


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