Project partners

In the quest for useful solutions, Play the Game/Idan partners up with a group of experienced academic experts from around Europe.

The partners have high level expertise in the fields of global governance in general, international sports governance, professional sports systems, legislation, media relations and public communication on sports politics, and has formed an expert group to assist Play the Game/Idan undertake the various tasks.

  • Hans Bruyninckx, Professor of Political Science and Director HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Jean-Loup Chappelet, Professor and Director, IDHEAP (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Frank van Eekeren, Senior Consultant, Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, School of Governance (USG), The Netherlands
  • Arnout Geeraert, PhD Candidate, HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Michael Groll, Researcher, Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies at German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • Barrie Houlihan, Professor, Institute of Sport and Leisure Policy, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Loughborough, UK
  • Biba Klomp, Project Manager, European Journalism Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Simona Kustec Lipicer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 
  • Jürgen Mittag, Professor, Head of the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies at German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • Michael Mrkonjic, PhD Candidate, IDHEAP (Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration), Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jeroen Scheerder, Associate Professor, Research Unit of Social Kinesiology & Sport Management, University of Leuven, Belgium


The following Play the Game employees are involved

  • Jens Alm, Analyst (Empirical research)
  • Søren Bang, Editor (Communication and representation on ISCA’s project on governance of grass-root sport)


The project is funded by the European Commission's Sport Unit.

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