A conceptual review of 'sports diplomacy' across the Commonwealth: Australia and the UK

  • Claire Jenkin (Speaker)
  • Verity Postlethwaite (Speaker)
  • Sherry Emma (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference


The conceptual review aims to translate ‘Sports Diplomacy’ into sport management, as traditionally the term has been ambiguous and dependent on social, political, economic, and cultural contexts (e.g. Rofe, 2018; Murray, 2018). This project considers how ‘Sports Diplomacy’ is understood and practiced by sport development and sport management practitioners in the UK and Australia (Browne et al., 2012). To achieve this aim, two research questions were developed. How do those working in activities connected to ‘Sports Diplomacy’ interpret the concept? Then, what are the comparative and contrasting UK and Australia ‘Sports Diplomacy’ understandings and practices? This presentation will focus on a conceptual review of the term ‘Sports Diplomacy’, before examining where points of contrast and comparison between the UK and Australia can be found.

Browne, J., Anholt, S., & Steele, J. (2012). Chatham House: Does Sport Matter to Diplomacy? Retrieved from https://www.chathamhouse.org/events/view/182935

Murray, S. (2018). Sports Diplomacy: Origins, Theory and Practice. Routledge, Abingdon

Rofe, J.S. (2018). ‘And the Gold Medal Goes to’: Sport Diplomacy in Action at the Winter Olympics. Retrieved from https://www.soas.ac.uk/cisd/news/file127868.pdf

Period20 Sept 2020
Event titleEuropean Association for Sport Management Conference
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • sports diplomacy