POLIS network

POLIS stands for Polity, Politics and Policy of Sport. POLIS aims at a closer cooperation of academics who work in the emerging field of sport politics or who deal with political issues related to sport. Following a spontaneous initiative of Jeroen Scheerder (University of Leuven) and Juergen Mittag (German Sport University Cologne) during bilateral guest lectures at the respective universities the idea was fostered to establish a network that is dedicated to political sciences oriented approaches in sport. Seeing the emerge of more and more studies in the field there is apparently a growing demand for systematic reflections and a stronger collaboration among researchers in Europe.

The support for this idea has become evident at several conferences a few months later such as the EASS conference 2017 in Prague and the Sport&EU-conference 2017 in Molde. Ever since the POLIS network is loosely connected to both organisations, the EASS (European Association for the Sociology of Sport), and to Sport&EU (Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union). 

Previous network conferences and meetings:

Until the founding of the network, several conferences and workshops have taken place.

Upcoming and previous network meetings:

2024 Cologne, 16-02-2024

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2020 Cologne

February 2020
The meeting discussed sport politics at the local level and did preparatory work for an Erasmus+ application.


2019 Utrecht (NL)

POLIS Network-meeting in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the Mulier Institute - Centre for Research on Sports in Society.

Main focus on publications about disability sports. 

2018 Papendal (NL) and Bordeaux (FR)

Meeting in Bordeaux (France) at the EASS in June. Several talks were given by members of the POLIS network.

Papendal (Netherlands) in November. The meeting discussed both current trends in sport politics and an inventory for an editorial book with an international comparative analysis on disability sports. 


2017 Cologne

The meeting discussed both current trends in sport politics as well as various possibilities for collaboration.



Till Mueller-Schoell (GSU)