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  IWG Members 


Prof Helen Bao

Professor in Land Economy at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.


Dr Barbara Bell

Former Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at Manchester Metropolitan University,  Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

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Dr Mike Duignan

 Associate Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the leading journal for the study and analysis of events and festivals: Event Management

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Prof Lynn Minnaert

​Head of Subject, Tourism and Languages, at Edinburgh Napier University's Business School. 


Prof Kyriaki (Kiki) Kaplanidou

Professor at the University of Florida, Department of Sport Management.

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Prof Jackie Kennelly

Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the founding Director of the Centre for Urban Youth Research (CUYR) at Carleton University.

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Dr Themis Kokolakakis

​Associate Professor at the Sport Industry Research Centre of Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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Prof Brij Maharaj

​Senior professor of geography and a B-rated NRF researcher in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, South Africa.


Dr Judith Mair

Associate Professor at the UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Australia.

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Prof Andrew Smith 

​Professor of Urban Experiences at the University of Westminster, UK

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Prof Lorraine Van Blerk

​Professor of Human Geography at the University of Dundee, Scotland UK

 IWG Members from UoB 


Dr ShuShu Chen

Project  Lead and Lecturer in Sport Policy and Management, School of Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK


Dr Jet Veldhuizen van Zanten 

Senior Lecturer in Biological Psychology
Director of Graduate Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK


Dr Mary Quinton

Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

IWG Research Assistants


Maria Karamani

 International Working Group Coordinator. 

Maria studies her PhD at the University of Birmingham and her research focuses on empowering the voices of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) by implementing an innovative approach the Inclusive Inquiry (II) as a research tool in special schools. 

Her research interests lies with the area of special needs and how to empower the voices of SEND population with the aim to better understand disabled students’ lived experiences of inclusion/exclusion in schools. Other academic interests involve disability research and how to advance methodological knowledge about ways to conduct participatory research inclusively.


 Zhaoyn Duan 

Zhaoyn is a first year PhD student. His research interests are the benefits of sport/physical activity participation, particularly the social benefits and mental health development. He will focus on disadvantaged populations to make his own contribution to public health and sustainable social development.

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