Award Winners

  • 2023
    Budapest (Hungary)
    L-R Kristina Orszaghova, Hanna Vehmas (President, eass), Federico Genovesi
    • Federico Genovesi

      Ulster University (United Kingdom)
      Spaces of football and belonging in Italy: people seeking asylum’s resistance of liminality through involvement in solidarity grassroots football abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Kristina Orszaghova
      Charles University (Czech Republic)
      Listening to Boxing Hearts and Beats: Analysing Boxing (Through) Soundscapes abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Annelies Knoppers (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands),
    • Dr. Daniel Burdsey (University of Brighton, United Kingdom),
    • Dr. Carlos García Martí (European University of Madrid, Spain),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2022
    L-R Laila Ottesen (President, eass), Matthias Buser, Louise Lindkvist, Davide Sterchele (YRA chair)
    • Matthias Buser

      University of Bern (Switzerland)
      The role of team structures in social integration in Swiss football clubs: A multilevel analysis abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Louise Lindkvist
      Umeå University (Sweden)
      Navigating Uncertainty: How do PE Teachers Respond to Competing Institutional Pressures? abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Ramón Spaaij (Victoria University, Australia),
    • Prof. Emma Poulton (Durham University, United Kingdom),
    • Prof. Szilvia Perenyi (Hungarian University of Physical Education, Hungary),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2021
    Andalucía (Spain)
    Bonita Jayne Lunn
    • Bonita Jayne Lunn

      Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom)
      A Figurational Sociological Investigation into the Relationship Between Sport and Religion: Tottenham Hotspur and Judaism. abstract
    Honourable Mention
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Ruth Jeanes (Monash University, Australia),
    • Prof. Laura Misener (University of Western Ontario, Canada),
    • Prof. Ansgar Thiel (University of Tübingen, Germany),
    • Dr Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2020
    Betelihem Alimu
    • Betelihem Brehanu Alemu

      University of Bern (Switzerland)
      Social Integration of Ethiopian and Eritrean Women in Switzerland through Informal Sport Setting abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Lucy Piggott
      University of Hertfortshire (United Kingdom)
      “You only go from what you know”: Gendered Recruitment and Selection Processes in English Sport Governance abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Dr Mahfoud Amara (University of Qatar, Qatar),
    • Dr Tamas Doczi (University of Budapest, Hungary),
    • Dr Belinda Wheaton (University of Waikato, New Zealand),
    • Dr David Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2019
    Bø (Norway)
    L-R Remco Hoekman (President, eass), Gavin Weedon, James Bowness
    • Gavin Weedon

      Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom)
      ‘Back to Nature’ Fitness: Physical Cultural Primitivism in Mud Running, CrossFit, and the Paleo Diet abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • James Bowness
      Glasgow Caledonian University (United Kingdom)
      Risk Accepters and Problem Solvers: Managing Risk in the Masters Highland Games abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Dr Raffaele Poli (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland),
    • Pirkko Markula (University of Alberta, Canada),
    • Dr Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom),
    • Prof Bjarne Ibsen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
  • 2018
    Bordeaux (France)
    R-L Sarah Metcalfe, Siegfried Nagel (President, eass)
    • Sarah Metcalfe

      Durham University (United Kingdom)
      The development of an adolescent sporting gendered habitus: Young people’s interpretation of UK sports-media coverage of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Annabelle Caprais
      University of Bordeaux (France)
      Gender Parity: a new contribution to the gender regime theory. Cases studies of Executive Boards of French National Sport Organisations. abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Michael Atkinson (University of Toronto, Canada),
    • Dr. Louise Mansfield (Brunel University, United Kingdom),
    • Dr. Kim Wickman (Umeå University, Sweden),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2017
    (Czech Republic)
    L-R Chloe McLean, Siegfried Nagel (President, eass)
    • Chloe Maclean

      University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
      Fighting with the senses: Negotiating space, power, and gendered embodiment through sensuous engagement in mixed-sex karate practice. abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Ben Powis
      Southampton Solent University (United Kingdom)
      We are playing for England, we wear the same shirt, just because I have a disability it doesn’t make me any different”: Empowerment, Eliteness, and Visually Impaired Cricket. abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof Nils Asle Bergsgard (University College of Southeast Norway, Norway),
    • Prof Christos Kassimeris (European University Cyprus, Cyprus),
    • Dr Paddy Dolan (Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland {Republic}),
    • Dr Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2016
    Malin Österlind
    • Malin Österlind

      Umeå University (Sweden)
      Sport policy and evaluation strategies of representation, deliberation and reflexivity – ‘solutions’ to the ‘problem’ of sport (and) participation? abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Simone Digennaro
      University of Cassino and Southern Lazio (Italy)
      Principles and practice of good governance in grassroots sport abstract
    • Julie Borgers
      University of Leuven (Belgium)
      Involvement in sport light. A longitudinal mixed methods study on changing patterns of sports participation [paper co-authored with B. Vanreusel, J. Lefevre1, & J. Scheerder] abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Ilse Hartmann-Tews (German Sport University Cologne, Germany),
    • Dr Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom),
    • Dr Anna Vilanova (National Institute of Physical Education, Barcelona, Spain),
    • Prof. Toni Bruce (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 2015
    Dublin (Ireland)
    L-R Minhyeok Tak, Jeroen Sheerder (President, eass)
    • Minhyeok Tak

      University of Otago (New Zealand)
      The Politics of Countermeasures against Match-Fixing in Sport: A Political Sociology Approach to Policy Instruments abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Adam Evans
      University of Lincoln (United Kingdom)
      To “just be relaxed and with your own thoughts”: Embodied experiences of aquatic activity amongst individuals diagnosed with Schizophrenia abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Ben Carrington (University of Texas at Austin, United States),
    • Dr Agnes Elling (Mulier Institut, The Netherlands),
    • Dr Holly Thorpe (University of Waikato, New Zealand),
    • Dr Davide Sterchele (Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom)
  • 2014
    R-L Enrico Michelini, Hannu Itkonen (President, eass)
    • Enrico Michelini

      Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany)
      Disqualification of Sport in Health-Related Promotion of Physical Activity – A Global Social Phenomenon? abstract
    Honourable Mention
    • Ryan Gauthier
      Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
      Preventing a Repeat of Sochi’s Slaves: Holding the IOC Accountable for the Use of Forced Labour at Olympic Venues abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Bart Vanreusel (University of Leuven, Belgium),
    • Prof. Ørnulf Seippel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway),
    • Dr. Emmanuelle Tulle (Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom)
  • 2013
    Cordoba (Spain)
    R-L Fabian Studer, Hannu Itkonen (President, eass)
    • Fabian Studer

      University of Bern (Switzerland)
      Destandardised Career Entry? An Analysis of the Transition to Professional Life by Swiss Sports Science Graduates abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Hanne Vandermeerschen
      University of Leuven (Belgium)
      Level playing fields? A multilevel analysis of club-organised sports participation among socially vulnerable children and adolescents abstract
    • Magnus Ferry
      Umeå University (Sweden)
      School Sport is the Answer – What is the Problem? abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Jonathan Long (Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom),
    • Prof. Gyöngyi Szabó Földesi (Semmelweis University Budapest, Hungary),
    • Prof. Hannu Itkonen (Jyväskylä University, Finland),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (University of Padua, Italy)
  • 2012
    Bern (Switzerland)
    L-R Claudia Klostermann, Nicola Porro (President, eass)
    • Claudia Klostermann

      University of Bern (Switzerland)
      Changes in German sport participation: Historical trends in individual sports abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Ramón Spaaij
      La Trobe University (Australia)
      Changing people’s lives for the better? Social mobility through sport-based intervention programmes: opportunities and constraints abstract
    • Christopher R. Matthews
      University of Loughborough (United Kingdom)
      ‘Real Men Can Control Their Shit’ – Violence, Ambiguity, Coherence and Identity abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Mike Collins (University of Loughborough, United Kingdom),
    • Prof. Jorid Hovden (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway),
    • Prof. Ramón Llopis-Goig (University of Valencia, Spain),
    • Prof. Georg Anders (German Sport University Cologne, Germany),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (University of Padua, Italy)
  • 2011
    Umeå (Sweden)
    L-R Koji Kobayashi, Nicola Porro (President, eass)
    • Koji Kobayashi

      University of Otago (New Zealand)
      Globalisation, Corporate Nationalism and Orientalism: Negotiating Japanese Identity between the East and West within Asics Global Advertising Production abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Oli Williams
      University of Leicester (United Kingdom)
      Eating for Excellence: Eating Disorders in Elite Sport: Inevitability and Immunity abstract
    • Stephanie-Alice Baker
      University of Western Sydney (Australia)
      From Sporting Transgression to Social Tragedy: Situating Zidane’s World Cup head-butt on France’s postcolonial stage abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Prof. Tess Kay (Brunel University, United Kingdom),
    • Prof. Mojca Doupona Topic (University of Ljubljiana, Slovenia),
    • Prof. Hannu Itkonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland),
    • Dr. Josef Fahlén (Umeå University, Sweden),
    • Dr. Davide Sterchele (University of Padua, Italy)
  • 2010
    Porto (Portugal)
    L-R Georg Anders (President, eass), Philipe de Souto Barreto
    • Philipe de Souto Barreto

      Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille (France)
      Physical activity level among functionally limited and robust older adults: is body satisfaction predictive of physical activity level? abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Remco Hoekman
      W.J.H. Mulier Institute (The Netherlands)
      Influence of neighbourhood and sport facilities on sport participation in an urban area abstract
    • Steven Vos
      Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven (Belgium)
      Cross Sector Relationships in the Supply of Sport at a Local Level: Cooperation between Non-Profit and Commercial Sport Providers abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Gertrud Pfister (Denmark),
    • Ana Luísa Pereira (Portugal),
    • Lone Friis Thing (Denmark),
    • Davide Sterchele (Italy)
  • 2009
    Rome (Italy)
    L-R Charlotte Van Tuyckom, Georg Anders (President, eass)
    • Charlotte Van Tuyckom

      Ghent University (Belgium)
      Six Sporting Worlds: A Cluster Analysis of Sports Participation in 25 European Member States abstract
    Honourable Mentions
    • Nicolas Delorme
      Université J. Fourier, Grenoble I (France)
      Women in the sub-field of French sports journalism: a double domination abstract
    • Lotte Salome
      Tilburg School of Economics (The Netherlands)
      Senses of authenticity in contemporary consumer culture: New versions of lifestyle sports and questions of genuineness abstract
    Selection Committee
    • Henning Eichberg (Denmark),
    • Richard Giulianotti (United Kingdom),
    • Bernd Schulze (Germany),
    • Davide Sterchele (Italy)