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The field of sport politics has become increasingly important due to the growing interdependence between sport and other social areas. The influence of especially political actors on the regulation of sport and its frameworks as well as the growing Europeanisation and globalisation contribute have fostered this development.
The Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies provides a framework for activities on sport politics and leisure development of the German Sport University. Together with cooperation partners, findings from politics, social sciences and sport science are brought together in order to make visible changes and perspectives of sport development. The team of the Institute lead by Jean Monnet Professor Dr. Jürgen Mittag offers students, academics and further interested parties numerous offers in teaching and research.
The Institute focusses is on the topics "sports policy", "sport and development" and "leisure and tourism research". High attention is paid to the European dimension of sport. The Institute is also head of the "Forum Sports Policy" and host of the annual symposia on sports politics.
Since winter term 2016/17 there is a Master Programme „International Sport Development and Politics“.
Based on this website, the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies would like to provide information on its activitites, but also encourage to get in contact with us. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mittag / Dr. Karen Petry
Workshop Playing Fields at the German Footballmuseum in Dortmund
Workshop Bolzplatz (playing fields) at the German Footballmuseum on 6th of März 2020
POLIS-Workshop at German Sport University 6.-7. Feb. 2020
Title: Polity, Politics and Policies of Sport at the local level: Comparing European cities and municipalitiesmore
Symposium on Ruhr and NRW sports policy: Jan. 2020 in Bochum
The debate about the application for "Rhine-Ruhr City 2032" is currently leading to lively discussions about the importance of sport in the Ruhr area and in NRW. The symposium aims to reappraise the historical development of sport in this region.more