About POLIS:

POLIS stands for Policy and Politics In 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) during a talk at German Sport University Cologne several conferences of the last months have fostered the idea to establish a new network – POLIS (POLicy and Politics In Sport) – that is dedicated to political sciences oriented approaches to 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 of this idea has in particular become evident when Till Mueller-Schoell and Ninja Putzmann explained during the EASS conference  2017 in Prague the vision of a network that is supposed to become the umbrella for permanent and substantial exchange of comparative research projects in sport policy and politics. Parallely, at the Sport&EU-conference 2017 in Molde Jürgen Mittag presented POLIS as a network that can bring together theoretical and practical experts.

The network is loosely connected to the EASS (European Association for the Sociology of Sport), and to Sport&EU (Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union). 

Conferences and meetings:

Network-meeting in Papendal in November 2018: 

The meeting led to various possibilities for collaboration, like the exchange of staff and knowledge within the master program of DSHS and HAN and expand the post-doc dimensions. In addition several attendees agreed to work together on a Erasmus+ program to obtain a grant for international research on sports policy and politics. Thirdly we made an inventory for an editorial book with an international comparative analysis on Disability sports (by Caroline van Lindert & Jeroen Scheerder) that will appear in 2019. And last, but not least we agreed to meet again in June in Norway, at the next EASS conference. Agenda of the meeting

Presentation Caroline+Jeroen

Paper Cati Lecumberri + Núria Puig

Presentation Erik+Arnoud

Presentation Jasper

Presentation Ninja+Till

Conference-panel in Bordeaux at EASS 2018:


Network-meeting in Cologne in October 2017:

The first network-meeting of POLIS – Policy and Politics In Sport has successfully taken place in Cologne. It was the objective of the workshop to explore further perspectives in this field. In addition to disciplinary, methodological and theoretical aspects particular attention has been given to comparative studies in sport politics.The workshop has not just produced inspiring discussions but also provoked concrete activities that will be carried out in the next months. The summary minutes offer you an overview on results and perspectives. Agenda of the meeting

Conference-panel in Prague at EASS 2017:


Current information:

The next meeting is scheduled in Cologne for 6-7 February 2020 
at the German Sport University.

For more information contact Till Mueller-Schoell (German Sport University Cologne).

Network-meeting in Papendal 2018

Network-meeting in Cologne 2017